Field Hockey Defeats Bucknell 3-1 to Win Second Game of Weekend

Oct. 12, 2003

Box Score

After a grueling double-overtime victory yesterday over Ivy League opponent Dartmouth, the Elis won their second game of the weekend with a 3-1 win over Bucknell. Jana Halfon picked up a goal and an assist for Yale.

"I think what's important is to play back to back games, and win a tough league game then win a non-league game like that," said head coach Ainslee Lamb. "Our goal today was to dominate them for 70 minutes, and while we didn't reach that goal the important thing is that we found a way to win."

In a strong first half, the Bulldogs capitalized off penalty corners to beat Bucknell goaltender Liz Jordan. Just under seven minutes into the game, Meredith Hudson scored with a big shot on a penalty corner to give Yale a 1-0 lead. Halfon and stopper Sarah Driscoll, who scored the game-winner over Dartmouth yesterday, were credited with assists.

With 15:58 remaining in the first half, Halfon recorded an unassisted score when she picked up a rebound of another shot by Hudson on a corner and hit it past Jordan.

Captain Fran Gardner added Yale's third and final score to increase the lead to 3-0 with 13:15 remaining in the first half. It was Gardner's fourth goal of the season.

Five minutes later, the Bulldogs allowed Bucknell its only score of the contest when Kate Ruda beat goalie Krissy Nesburg to bring the score to 3-1.

Good defensive play in the second half and a number of saves by Nesburg near the end of the game kept Bucknell from getting any closer. With under two minutes left, Nesburg recorded a big stop on a corner shot by Bucknell's Meiko Boynton.

Nesburg finished with 5 saves on 9 Bucknell shots, while Jordan stopped 8 of 16 Yale attempts.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-5 with the victory, while the Bisons fell to 7-3. The Elis will play Harvard next weekend at home to try to add a win to their 2-1 Ivy record.

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