Oct. 18, 2008
HANOVER, N.H. - A part of Yale's talented freshman class, forward Mia Rosati has emerged as one of the Bulldogs' most reliable performers. She is one of only six players to have started every game this year, but entering Saturday she had yet to have any points to show for her efforts. That changed in a big way at Dartmouth, as Rosati scored Yale's first goal and assisted on the game-winner by junior forward Ashley McCauley at 4:31 of overtime that got Yale a 3-2 win.
"Mia is starting to come into her own," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "She's realized what she can do on that left wing. I was really proud of her effort today."
Rosati scored her first goal on a breakaway, as McCauley got her the ball from the midfield. Rosati beat Big Green goalkeeper Meagan Vakiener for a 1-0 lead at 9:06.
The score remained that way for more than 40 minutes, despite Yale's 9-1 shot advantage and 5-0 penalty corner advantage in the first half. The Big Green tied the game at 51:21 when Jessica Chen tipped in a pass from Ashley Hines.
Yale (3-8, 1-3 Ivy League) answered that goal quickly, as freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut scored on a penalty corner with assists from sophomore inserter Marissa Waldemore and junior stick-stopper Katie Cantore.
While Landshut's penalty-corner goal was key, her work on defensive penalty corners also proved to be important in this tightly-contested affair.
"Dinah had a phenomenal game," Stuper said. "Dartmouth does a high drag on their penalty corners a lot, and we hadn't played a team like that. Dinah came out and got a piece of their first one, and that set the tone for our defensive corners."
But Dartmouth (3-8, 2-2 Ivy League) was able to convert one of its four second-half penalty corners into a goal, and it came only 82 seconds after Landshut's tally. Hines, assisted by Kristen McCormick and Virginia Peisch, tied the game at two.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling made both of her saves for the game in the second half, and the two teams headed to overtime for the fourth time in their last six meetings.
Vakiener made a pair of saves in overtime to give her 10 for the game, but Rosati drove the end line and got the ball into the circle for McCauley to deliver the game-winner, marking the Bulldogs' third straight win over the Big Green.
"I was proud of our team for taking the lead early in this game and never letting Dartmouth get ahead," Stuper said. "I think that was really important for us -- to be able to keep a team at bay."
With 22 career goals, McCauley has now moved into a tie for eighth on Yale's all-time goals list with Jana Halfon '04. Her 52 career points tie her for 10th on that list with Maggie Smeal '82.
Yale returns to action against Hofstra Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Johnson Field.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity