Oct. 26, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - These days, holding Ashley McCauley scoreless is an accomplishment in and of itself. The junior forward entered Yale's game with Fairfield Sunday with 13 points in the last four games, including six goals. But even with McCauley not directly factoring into the scoring, the Bulldogs were still able to pull out a win over the Stags thanks to goals from three different players -- freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut, junior back Julia Weiser and freshman forward Mia Rosati -- and the first career shutout from sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling.
"We played 70 minutes of Yale hockey the way we're capable of playing, both on attack and on defense," said head coach Pam Stuper. "We put together a whole game, which shows in the shutout and the fact that we got goals from three different people."
The first two goals came in a span of less than two minutes midway through the first quarter thanks to penalty corners. Landshut got the first, driving home an assist by junior midfielder Katie Cantore.
Right after that Weiser got one, and inserter Marissa Waldemore and stick stopper Cantore each got assists on the straight hit.
This was the fourth multiple-point game for Cantore, who has a team-high eight assists on the season.
"You're seeing what Katie does well, which is set up plays," said Stuper. "She's always done a nice job with that and on corners, but this year we're finishing those plays she makes with goals."
Five minutes into the second half Rosati put the game out of reach by converting a beautiful pass from Landshut, who beat a defender, drove the end line and sent one right to Rosati's stick for the deflection. Landshut is second on the team in assists with five, and her 13 points for the season are the most by a Yale freshman since Sarah Driscoll '05 had 20 in 2001.
All six of Rosati's points on the year have come in the last four games.
"Since the Dartmouth game, Mia has really started to realize how to beat an opponent and make things happen on her side of the field," Stuper said. "She's always been in the right place, and now she's finishing."
Bolling made five of her eight saves in the second half to hold off the Stags, who wound up scoreless on nine corner attempts for the game.
"This is the best Fairfield team I've seen in years," Stuper said. "They kept coming at Katie right up until the end. She had to keep us in the game at times, and I think it was important for her and for the defense to get the shutout. Our two fullbacks, Erin Carter and Marissa Waldemore, played very well."
And while McCauley was held without a point for the first time in three weeks, she had two deflections that just missed early on and found many other ways to impact the game.
"Ashley still created a lot of attack for us, and helped out on defense as well," Stuper said. "She's just all over the field."
Jennifer Utz made two saves for Fairfield (4-12).
Yale (5-9) hosts Columbia next Saturday at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity