October 21, 2006

Bulldogs Open Home Stand With Loss

Oct. 21, 2006

Box Score

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -

Yale lost 3-2 to the University of Pennsylvania Quakers today at Johnson Field. A back and forth battle all the way, the Quakers were able to create and convert on more opportunities. Despite a late-second half charge, the Bulldogs were never able to find an equalizer.

Head Coach Pam Stuper commented, "Penn is always a good team. This was a battle all the way. We scored, they scored, we scored, they scored. Unfortunately, they scored last."

Penn (8-7, 3-2 Ivy) outshot the Bulldogs (3-11, 2-3 Ivy) 23-13. The Quakers also had ten penalty corners to Yale's four.

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start. Just over five minutes into the contest, senior Emily Palilonis slid a shot past the right foot of Pennsylvania goalkeeper Liz Schlossberg. The goal came when senior captain Heather Orrico gave up a shot chance and pushed a pass right to Palilonis, who was alone for the shot and goal.

For a team that has played from behind much of the season, it seemed Yale would benefit from taking an early lead. But Penn immediately turned up the intensity. For the next twenty minutes, the Quakers had the ball nearly constantly in the Yale end.

With 16:42 remaining in the first half, Yale had a two-on-one opportunity to make their lead 2-0, but senior Rachel Lentz and junior Harriet Thayer could not connect.

Penn continued their offensive pressure. A Yale foul just outside the circle set up a shot by Quaker Meghan Rose. The shot got passed Yale goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander but hit the post. Rose got the ball back off the rebound and shot again, only to have Friedlander kick it away.

The Yale defense thwarted Penn's fifth penalty corner of the first half at 8:19. But not two minutes later, Jamie Calahan scored for Penn when she picked up a rebound off of Friedlander's left pad. The goal knotted the game at 1-1, with 6:49 left in the half.

Yale answered with a few offensive chances of their own. A charging Schlossberg tripped up Orrico on a breakaway. On the ensuing penalty corner, Orrico slipped a pass to Palilonis, whose shot drifted wide left.

"We didn't give ourselves enough good shots to score more goals," said Stuper.

Yale came out for the second half visibly more intense than they had opened the first. With 27:38 remaining, Lentz took a pass from Thayer and bounced it over the right leg of Schlossberg to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

However, the goal sparked another Penn offensive outburst. A minute later, following a penalty corner, Calahan had a shot denied by Friedlander. But Nicole Brown deflected Margaretha Ehret's rebound shot to tie the game 2-2.

"In the end, they created more opportunities for themselves, which gave them better chances to score," Stooper commented.

The Quakers had another penalty corner with just under 20:00 minutes remaining in regulation. This time it was Tracy Statter that deflected a shot by Rose past a diving Friedlander to give Penn the 3-2 lead.

The Bulldogs continued to pressure. Schlossberg made a stack pad save to deny Palilonis. Then a terrific take away by Julia Wiles allowed for a Yale fast break that was also unsuccessful.

"Freshman Julia Wiser started for us to day in the backfield and played extremely well," Stuper added.

Yale ultimately could not convert on a number of late opportunities. And the Quakers left with the victory.

The Bulldogs continue their three-game home stand on Wednesday night when they will host Quinnipiac at Johnson Field.

report by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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