April 26, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Having tied for the school's best finish in the Ivy League standings in 26 years last season, Yale looks to the 2007 season with great anticipation. Three one-goal losses in league play were all that separated the Bulldogs from an Ivy title, and they have an added incentive to make this coming season a historic one. They will celebrate the 35th anniversary of field hockey at Yale this year, culminating on Saturday Oct. 13 against Harvard. That is one of 17 games on the 2007 schedule, which was released today.
Yale's season starts with two of its toughest opponents, Big East teams Providence and UConn. Yale hosts the Friars, who went 18-4 and ended the year ranked No. 11, in the season opener Saturday Sept. 1. The Bulldogs then travel to UConn, who went 21-4 and advanced to the Final Four, on Wednesday Sept. 5. The Huskies ended the season ranked No. 7 in the country.
Ivy League play opens with a visit to Princeton Saturday Sept. 8. The Tigers went 7-0 in the league last season to claim their 12th title in the last 13 years. That included a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs at Johnson Field.
The challenging start to Yale's schedule continues with a pair of non-league games against teams that ended the year among the "others receiving votes" in the national poll. Hofstra (Friday Sept. 14 at Hofstra) was 13-7, and Big Ten foe Michigan State (Sunday Sept. 16 at Johnson Field) topped Yale 4-0 in last year's meeting.
Yale hosts one of the teams it tied for second place in the league last season, Cornell, on Friday Sept. 21 and then brings in local rival Fairfield on Sunday Sept. 23. A short trip up I-91 to Hamden for a game at Quinnipiac is Yale's only road game between Sept. 14 and Oct. 7. Yale hosts Sacred Heart Sunday Sept. 30. The Bobcats and the Pioneers both finished last season tied for second in the Northeast Conference.
During Parents' Weekend Yale hosts Ivy foe Dartmouth on Saturday Oct. 6, then travels to Holy Cross Sunday Oct. 7.
The following weekend is highlighted by the celebration of the 35th anniversary, including a game against long-time Ivy rival Harvard Saturday Oct. 13. The Crimson edged the Bulldogs 3-2 in double-overtime last season, one of three one-goal losses in league play for Yale. The day also includes an alumnae game and a reception/dinner. On Sunday Oct. 14 Yale hosts Big East foe Syracuse.
The Bulldogs travel to the Keystone State for games at Penn Friday Oct. 19 and at Lock Haven Sunday Oct. 21. Lock Haven went 17-6 last year and was receiving votes in the national poll at the end of the year.
Yale plays its final road game of the regular season at Columbia Friday Oct. 26.
Senior Day is set for Saturday Nov. 3 against Brown, when the Bulldogs will honor the four members of the Class of 2008 -- back Lorrie Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.), back Beth Raveche (Hoboken, N.J.) and forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) -- in their final regular-season home game.
Yale finished second in the Ivy League with a 4-3 mark last year, tied for the team's best Ivy finish in the last 26 years. The Bulldogs also finished second in 1998 and 2003, the only other times Yale has finished that high since winning the Ivy title in 1980.
Field hockey at Yale included a club season in 1971, then the school's first varsity season in 1972.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity