Nov. 8, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown scored three goals in a six-minute span early in the second half to break open a 1-1 game, beating Yale 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof in the 2008 season finale. The Bulldogs' goal came from senior midfielder Ali Rotondo, Yale's captain, who was one of four seniors playing their final game for the Bulldogs.
Rotondo's goal came just 2:25 into the game when she knocked in a rebound of a shot, taking the ball from the top left and putting it in the right corner. It was the second goal of her career.
The Bulldogs maintained the lead until the 21:57 mark, when Leslie Springmeyer scored the first of what would be three goals for her. She worked a give-and-go with Natalie Harrington to perfection.
The score remained 1-1 into halftime, but the Bears struck quickly at the start of the second half. Victoria Sacco scored off a penalty corner at 47:32, and four minutes later Springmeyer scored again when she took a long pass from Tacy Zysk after a failed Yale corner and converted the breakaway.
Springmeyer added another goal at 53:16, and that was more than enough for Bears goalkeeper Caroline Washburn (nine saves). Junior Charlotte Goins made one save in relief of sophomore Katie Bolling, who finished with five saves.
"Brown was the better team today, and we didn't play well in the areas we needed to," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "Our defense struggled, and we didn't get many good shots up the field."
The Bulldogs (7-10, 2-5 Ivy League) did finish the season with 37 goals, their most since 2003. They have improved their season goal total each season since 2005.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity