Nov. 4, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior midfielder Rachel Lentz scored twice in a 10-minute span in the second half to propel Yale to a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon in the season finale at Brown. With the win, Yale claims a share of second place in the Ivy League, tying for the school's highest Ivy finish in the last 26 years. Yale's four league wins are the third-most the Bulldogs have had since 1981.
"It was another great team effort by everyone to come up with the win," said head coach Pam Stuper. "Brown always has a very good team, but we played to our strengths. We made some space for ourselves, which allowed us to create good attack."
Yale had to work against the confines of Brown's Warner Roof, which is 10 yards smaller than the normal field. The Bears (9-7, 3-4 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead 23:19 in on goal by Tracy Dungo, but the Bulldogs answered five minutes later. A long pass deflected by the Brown defense wound up on the stick of sophomore forward/midfielder Alyssa Jethani, who tipped it past Bears goalkeeper Kristen Hodavance to tie the score.
Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander made two of her three saves in the first half to help keep the score knotted at one heading into the second half.
Lentz' unassisted goal at 44:56 gave Yale the lead. She then converted a cross from freshman forward Ashley McCauley into an insurance goal 10 minutes later.
In addition to Jethani, Lentz and McCauley, freshman midfielder/forward Katie Cantore also played a key role in the game.
"Katie Cantore played very well on both sides of the ball," Stuper said. "She had some great attack plays down the right side and played phenomenal defense as well."
Brown had allowed more than two goals in a game only once this year (a 6-1 loss to undefeated Ivy champion Princeton) prior to Saturday.
Lentz finished the season with a team-best nine goals, including seven in Ivy play, after entering the season with none.
Yale (5-12, 4-3 Ivy) had all three of its league losses come by one goal. The Bulldogs' other second-place finishes came in 1998 and 2003 (both 5-2 Ivy records). Yale's lone first-place finish came in 1980 (4-0-2 in the league).
Penn and Harvard tied Yale for second. Cornell could also finish tied for second if it defeats Dartmouth on Sunday.
"This was a great end to the season," said Stuper. "It is a tribute to all the hard work the players have put in to finish tied for second place."
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity