Collins Scores Three to Lead Yale Over New Hampshire 4-1

Oct. 9, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lindsay Collins scored a career-high three goals and Kate Crandall made six saves as Yale beat New Hampshire 4-1 at Johnson Field Sunday afternoon. The four goals represents a season high for the Bulldogs.

The weather for this one was not nearly as bad as the downpour the Bulldogs played in the day before, but it was cloudy, cool and damp with the constant threat of rain. Collins had three goals in her first 42 game for the Bulldogs but matched that in a span of just over 20 minutes on this day.

The Bulldogs had their first chance to score on a penalty corner 14 minutes in, but Wildcat goalkeeper Margaux Shute (seven saves) made a diving stop of a Heather Orrico shot. New Hampshire then took a 1-0 lead on a Kaitlyn Skelley goal in the 19th minute.

Collins began her scoring just over a minute after Skelley's tally with an unassisted goal. The game remained knotted at one until Cat Lindroth tipped one past Skelley, assisted by Trish Bissett, at 28:49. Collins increased the lead to two goals with a score just 22 seconds before halftime, assisted by Ali Rotondo.

Yale outshot the Wildcats 17-10 in the first half and had a 7-2 edge in penalty corners, but the second half was more evenly played - shots (8-7) and penalty corners (5-2) both favored UNH. When Collins knocked a rebound of an Orrico penalty corner shot past a fallen Skelley in the 41st minute, it gave the Bulldogs some breathing room. Crandall, making her second start of the season, made two saves in the second half to finish with six.

The victory was particularly impressive after the previous day's disappointing 4-1 loss to Dartmouth.

"This win is a tribute to the whole team," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "They turned the page, came out today and played well. I'm very proud of them."

Yale hosts Harvard next Saturday at Noon.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity