November 1, 2008

McCauley Strikes Again as Yale Beats Columbia 3-2 in OT

Nov. 1, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It had been nearly 200 minutes since junior forward Ashley McCauley's last goal, a veritable drought for the player who had six goals in the 230 minutes right before that. So it was only a matter of time before Yale's leading scorer stuck, and fortunately for the Bulldogs that time came in overtime Saturday afternoon against Columbia. McCauley's redirection of a penalty corner shot by freshman back Erin Carter at 8:46 of OT gave Yale a thrilling 3-2 win. It was her fourth game-winner of the year.

"Columbia was trying to shut Ashley down," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "We made some adjustments, and threw her back in the midfield. On that last play, she just got in a good position and had a great tip."

The win capped a day of comebacks for the Bulldogs, who trailed twice in this one. After Columbia's Julia Garrison put the Lions on top with a goal at 18:17, Yale responded with a penalty corner goal from freshman forward Mia Rosati, who redirected Carter's shot in at 23:18.

"Columbia's a very opportunistic team, so it was no surprise when they got a corner and it ended up in a goal," Stuper said. "It was great that our team went right back down, got a corner of their own and scored."

But Columbia scored again on a corner two minutes after Rosati's goal, as Maggie O'Connor tipped in Garrison's shot and the Lions went into halftime up 2-1.

The Bulldogs knotted the score again on another corner, as freshman midfielder/forward Dinah Landshut drove the ball in with an assist from junior midfielder Katie Cantore, the stick stopper. Landshut now has 15 points for the season, tied with Erin Arruda '00 for the fifth-most by a freshman in school history. Cantore's nine assists tie her for seventh on Yale's single-season list.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling made four of her five saves in the second half -- none bigger than her last. The Lions got a penalty corner with time expired, and with the game hanging in the balance Bolling denied Garrison to send the game into overtime.

"After halftime we adjusted to their corners," Stuper said. "Katie didn't have the best opportunity to make the save on those first two Columbia goals because of where our defense was. As a team, we persevered and made sure we won that second half."

Carter's two assists represented her first two points of the season.

"Erin has stepped up to prove that she's an option," Stuper said. "She's very good at keeping the ball on net and making somebody play it."

The Bulldogs also got a boost off the bench from sophomore forward/midfielder Johna Paolino.

"Johna made the most of her minutes," Stuper said. "She made a beautiful interception on the right side and helped draw a corner that led to one of our goals. To me, that was a turning point in the game."

Columbia (10-5, 1-5 Ivy League) got six saves from Erin Conway.

With 27 goals over the past two seasons, McCauley is in the midst of the best two-year run by a Yale player since Amanda Walton `02 scored 35 goals over the course of 1998 and 1999. The only other Bulldog to score that many goals in a two-year stretch was Emily Montgomery `78, who did it twice (14 in 1975, 13 in 1976 and 19 in 1977).

Yale (6-9, 2-4 Ivy League) has now won four of five. The Bulldogs host Quinnipiac Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and will pay tribute to the senior class: forward Alyssa Jethani, forward Laura Pierce, midfielder Ali Rotondo and forward Jayna Whitcher.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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