September 5, 2006

No. 8 UConn Up Next for Bulldogs

Sept. 5, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The degree of difficulty in Yale's schedule gets dialed up a notch Wednesday night with a short trip up I-91 to Storrs, where the Bulldogs will face UConn. The Huskies, ranked No. 8 in the country, are 3-1 this season and have won 15 of their last 19 games dating back to the middle of last season.

Yale (1-0) topped VCU 3-1 in its season opener last Friday. That marked just the second time in the last 20 games that Yale scored as many as three goals in regulation play, giving the Bulldogs reason to believe in their improved offensive attack. Freshman midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) got her first career goal, and junior forwards Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) and Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) accounted for the other two.

Yale's offense faces a major challenge in UConn's defense, which has allowed only one goal per game this season. The Huskies' balanced offense has seen seven different players account for the team's seven goals so far. Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Leck leads the team in points (1-2-4).

UConn is 23-0 all-time against Yale, though three of those wins - all within the last seven meetings - were by a 1-0 score. That included last season, when senior back Barbie Steffen's goal one minute before halftime was all the Huskies needed. Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander made five saves in the tough-luck loss.

Yale assistant coach Abby Ostruzka was an All-American for the Huskies and helped them to three NCAA tournament appearances and a pair of BIG EAST tournament titles from 2001-2004.

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

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