Oct. 30, 2007
NEW YORK - Tuesday's game at Columbia pitted the top two goalies in the country in save percentage, so it was clear goals were going to be at a premium. At one point, with the score 2-1, both teams went over 40 minutes without scoring. Finally, a goal by the Lions with 5:44 to play helped them finish off a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs.
"Columbia made the most of their opportunities in the circle, and we didn't," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper.
The Lions would get only five shots on goal, but they made them count. At 10:28, Julia Garrison snuck one past the extended right leg of Yale sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins off a penalty corner.
Yale tied the game eight minutes later when a Columbia player blocked a shot with her body and the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty stroke. Sophomore forward Ashley McCauley slid the ball along the turf past Columbia goalkeeper Gena Miller's left leg. It was McCauley's 15th goal of the year, the most by a Bulldog since Amanda Walton `02 scored 17 in 1999.
Four minutes after that, the Lions grabbed the lead again when Christine Buszczak knocked in a rebound after Goins stopped a shot with her foot.
The Bulldogs had five corners in a six-minute span early in the second half but did not score on any of them. The score thus remained 2-1 Columbia until an unfortunate turn of events late in the game. While racing back on defense, senior back Beth Raveche -- who had waved off medical attention after taking a hard-hit ball to the hand earlier in the game -- suffered an injury that left her lying on the turf in pain. As play continued with Raveche down, the Lions were awarded a penalty corner. Raveche was helped off the field by Stuper and trainer Chris Pecora, and they were not even all the way off when Jacqui Munro scored off the corner to make the lead 3-1.
With Raveche, a key part of Yale's penalty corners both on defense and on attack, out, the Bulldogs did get two more corners in the final five minutes. Miller was able to turn away sophomore midfielder Katie Cantore's shots to finish with 10 saves. She entered the week leading the country in save percentage (.833), with Goins right behind her at .827.
Yale plays its season finale vs. Brown Saturday at Johnson Field at Noon. It will be senior day, honoring Raveche, senior back Lorrie Kiger, senior forward Cat Lindroth and senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity