Oct. 19, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Nicole Black's goal 2:56 into overtime lifted Penn to a 4-3 win over Yale at Franklin Field Friday night. The Bulldogs got goals from senior forward Cat Lindroth, sophomore forward Ashley McCauley and junior midfielder Ali Rotondo, plus eight saves from sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins.
Penn's Meghan Rose opened the scoring at 13:46, but Yale responded less than two minutes later when Lindroth got a piece of a shot from McCauley on its way in. The teams went into halftime tied at one.
Penn (7-7, 3-2 Ivy) went back in front on a Kara Bolger tally at 42:52, but once again Yale had a response. Off a free hit by Rotondo, McCauley's reverse stick shot eluded Quaker keeper Alana Butera at 45:33.
Yale (7-7, 2-3 Ivy) took its first lead of the game when Rotondo knocked one past Butera with just over nine minutes left in the game for her first collegiate goal. The lead lasted until Black scored with just over four minutes remaining.
Goins made a key stop as time expired, knocking away a shot that was partially blocked but was dribbling dangerously towards the goal. Butera made one save in overtime before Black got the game-winner.
This marked Yale's one and only appearance of the year on Sprinturf, a "grassy turf" surface not traditionally used for field hockey that slowed the game down and created some tough bounces.
"It was a great effort by the team," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "We played on an unfamiliar surface and played well. We adjusted to it by coming to the ball and using lifts more. Penn took advantage of us not marking as well as we could have."
Yale continues its swing through Pennsylvania with a game at Lock Haven Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity