Midwest Trip Offers Bulldogs More Chances to Prove Themselves

Midwest Trip Offers Bulldogs More Chances to Prove Themselves

Sept. 13, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off an inspired effort against defending Ivy League champion Princeton Saturday that ended in a 2-1 loss, the Yale field hockey team now heads to the Midwest for a busy four-day road trip that includes games against more top competition. The Bulldogs (1-2) will play Michigan State, Northwestern and Stanford.

"The kids are psyched," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "It's three good teams that we get to go against and see what we can do. It's also a chance to continue to grow for Ivy play."

The trip begins with Yale's first game ever against Michigan State (Thurs., 3:00 p.m.), a team that has made it to the NCAA semifinals twice in the last four seasons. It's the home opener for the Spartans (2-2), who went 6-1 at the MSU Field Hockey Complex last year and have won 10 home openers in a row. Freshman midfielder Anne-Sophie van Rijswijk leads the team in points (4-1-9).

The Bulldogs then visit Northwestern for a 1:00 p.m. Central time game Saturday. The Wildcats (3-4) beat Yale 2-1 last year in the first meeting between these two programs. Junior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) had the lone goal for the Bulldogs, while senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) made 15 saves.

The trip ends Sunday with a neutral-site game against Stanford at Northwestern's Thomas Sports Complex on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Central time. The Cardinal (2-4) and the Bulldogs have not met since 2002, a 2-1 Yale win. Stanford's junior goalkeeper Madison Bell is a two-time NorPac Defensive Field Hockey Player of the Week so far this season.

Junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) leads the Bulldogs in points (2-1-5). Friedlander has a .750 save percentage and 4.10 goals-against average.

Yale returns to Ivy League play the following Saturday at Cornell.

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