Oct. 19, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After giving up four goals to her last year, Hofstra knew that shutting down junior forward Ashley McCauley would be one of the keys to beating Yale. For 48 minutes Sunday afternoon, the Pride kept McCauley off the scoreboard and stayed tied with the Bulldogs 1-1. But in a span of three minutes in the second half McCauley asserted herself with a pair of goals that turned the game firmly in Yale's favor, and the Bulldogs went on to finish off a 4-1 win.
McCauley now has nine goals and 20 points on the year, including four goals and nine points in the last three games.
"There's no doubt that in these last few games, even against some tough opponents, Ashley has generated a lot of attack for us," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "She's putting the ball in the net, and what's just as impressive is her defense. Her coming back to help out is really causing trouble for these other teams. They can't get away from her."
McCauley had eight of Yale's 20 shots for the game while recording her second multiple-goal game of the year. She has moved into a tie for seventh on Yale's career goals list (24, tied with Christine Anthony '01) and sole possession of eighth on Yale's career points list (56).
In the early going, however, it appeared as if Hofstra (7-7) would be able to ride an early penalty corner goal by Charlia Warner at 4:01. The Bulldogs did not answer that goal until 19:22.
That goal came on what at first looked like a broken corner, as sophomore midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore's insertion slid all the way out of the circle. But junior forward Lesley Kiger was able to gather the ball in and send it back towards the net. There, Waldemore made a move to get goalie Krisha Giammarco out of position and then stuffed the ball in for her first career goal.
"It was nice to see Marissa get that one," Stuper said. "When she inserts, she's in position to get second chances like that."
The first half was marked by near misses for McCauley. She tipped a long pass from freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut wide 16 minutes in, then had a breakaway that she slid just wide with less than a minute to go in the half.
The game changed dramatically in a five-minute span midway through the second, and McCauley was a key part of it. After senior forward Laura Pierce drew a corner with 23 minutes left in the game, McCauley got a piece of Landshut's line drive past Giammarco to make the score 2-1 Yale.
Three minutes later McCauley got the ball from freshman forward Mia Rosati right in front of the net, and with Giammarco battling her McCauley was able to slip it through the goalie's legs to extend the lead to two.
Junior midfielder Katie Cantore gave the Bulldogs an insurance goal with 16:29 to play, spinning away from a defender in the middle of the circle to deliver her second goal of the season.
"I felt we didn't use Katie enough in the first half," Stuper said. "We kept going left. We have our best attack when we get Katie, Dinah, Ashley and Mia all involved, and we did that in the second half."
The Bulldogs also used a team approach in goal Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Katie Bolling got the start and made three saves. Junior Charlotte Goins then came on for the second half and made two stops, including a nice kick save on a hard shot through traffic by Warner with nine minutes left.
Bolling had played all of the team's last five games while rising to the top of the NCAA in save percentage this past week.
"[Assistant coach] Tamara [Durante] and I had talked about getting Charlotte back in the net before the game," Stuper said. "It was good to use both of them, and to have both of them do so well. It is going to be tough for our opponents to play two different styles. And the beauty of it is how well Katie and Char support each other. You don't always see that in situations like this."
The win completes a weekend sweep for Yale (4-8), which won 3-2 in overtime at Dartmouth Saturday. The Bulldogs return to action against Penn at Johnson Field next Saturday at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity