September 12, 2007

Bulldogs Look to Bounce Back vs. Hofstra, No. 6 Michigan State

Sept. 12, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The five-day span in between last Saturday's game at Princeton and this Friday's game at Hofstra represents one of the longest in-season breaks the Yale field hockey team has. The Bulldogs will look to utilize that time to regroup after losing their first three games by a total of just four goals. After the trip to Hempstead, Yale must turn around quickly and battle No. 6 Michigan State Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. Stats from the MSU game will be available live on yalebulldogs.com via GameTracker.

Defense -- specifically the work of sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) -- has kept Yale (0-3, 0-1 Ivy) in all three games so far. Goins enters the weekend second in the country in saves per game (12.33) and third in save percentage (.881). She has allowed only five goals in 276:52 for her career, a 1.26 goals-against average.

Freshman midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) has also emerged as a key part of the defense. She earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday for her work against No. 3 UConn and Princeton last week, including a defensive save against the Huskies. Waldemore is the lone freshman to have started all of Yale's games so far.

Hofstra (3-2) is coming off an 11-day break since a 1-0 loss to Rhode Island Sept. 2. The Pride is led by forwards Charlia Warner (three goals, two assists) and Brit Blankmeyer (two goals, two assists). Goalkeeper Nadine Surak is 3-0 with a 1.61 GAA. Yale is 11-5 all-time against Hofstra.

Michigan State (6-0) will play at UConn Friday before traveling to New Haven. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 36-5 so far. Forward Becky Manning leads the team in points with 15 (six goals, three assists). Goalkeeper Elissa Unger has allowed only five goals in 349:23.

Yale and Michigan State met for the first time last year in East Lansing, a 4-0 Spartan victory. Goins played the final 14:13 of that game and did not allow a goal.

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