October 13, 2007

Yale Beats Harvard, 2-1 in Double-OT Thriller, to Extend Win Streak to Six

Oct. 13, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The celebration of the 35th anniversary of Yale field hockey got started in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field, as senior forward Cat Lindroth's goal 9:58 into the second overtime lifted Yale to a 2-1 win over Harvard. Lindroth's goal, assisted by senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer, extended the Bulldogs' winning streak to six games, the team's longest streak in a season since 2003. It was her second double-overtime game-winner in the last week, as she beat Dartmouth last Saturday 1-0.

"She's just playing relaxed, but with intensity," said head coach Pam Stuper of Lindroth. "That's what's allowing her to do those things she's capable of. She played a phenomenal overtime period."

Lindroth, who has nine points in the last four games, also scored Yale's first goal. She redirected freshman midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore's shot in, tying the game with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs had trailed since the 17:23 mark, when Harvard's Maggie McVeigh slipped one past sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (13 saves).

"It had been 1-0 for so long," Stuper said. "We didn't have many opportunities, so to finally capitalize was great."

The Bulldogs then headed into overtime for the second time in a week, having edged the Big Green last Saturday.

"Going into overtime, the players felt comfortable," Stuper said. "They had been there before and had done it. They believed in themselves and knew what they were capable of."

With tension mounting, Goins made three saves and her Harvard counterpart, Kylie Stone, made one to keep the first overtime scoreless.

With time winding down in the second OT, the Bulldogs had the ball deep in their own territory. Senior back Beth Raveche hit the ball ahead to Lindroth, who got it to sophomore forward Ashley McCauley around midfield. McCauley then played the ball over to Thayer, who was racing down the right side. She crossed it to Lindroth, whose diving deflection hit high off the post and ricocheted in. An emotional celebration ensued as the Bulldog bench rushed the field.

"From start to end, the excitement just built until it exploded at the end," Stuper said.

The loss was the first in league play for Harvard (7-5, 3-1 Ivy) and dropped the Crimson from first place. Princeton (7-4, 4-1 Ivy) beat Brown (0-11, 0-4 Ivy) Saturday to take the lead in the Ivy title race. Penn (6-6, 2-1 Ivy) is the only other team in the league with one loss. Yale (7-5, 2-2 Ivy) currently sits in fifth, a half-game behind Cornell (6-5, 3-2 Ivy).

The excitement from the big win continued as the 35th anniversary celebration festivities commenced, with an alumnae game on Johnson Field followed by a reception and dinner at which a new endowment for Yale field hockey was announced.

The Bulldogs return to action Sunday vs. No. 18 Syracuse at Johnson Field.

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

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