Yale Opens Ivy Play at Harvard, then Hosts Sacred Heart

Sept. 18, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A shuffling of the order of opponents on the Ivy League schedule has Yale opening Ancient Eight play with its archrival now, as the Bulldogs travel to Harvard Saturday (Noon, Live Stats on Harvard website) -- the first time in Yale's 37 varsity seasons that it has opened league play against the Crimson. The last four meetings between these two teams have been decided by one goal, including overtime games the last two years. The Bulldogs then face a quick turnaround to be ready for Sacred Heart at Johnson Field Sunday (2:00, Gametracker).

Last year's game against Harvard, a 2-1 Yale win in double-overtime, featured 13 saves from junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.). Cat Lindroth '08 delivered both Yale goals, tying the game with 10 minutes left in regulation and winning it five minutes into the second extra session. Maggie McVeigh had the lone goal for the Crimson, while Kylie Stone had five saves.

Yale (1-2), which beat Holy Cross 3-1 its last time out, has goals from four different players in its first three games this year: junior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.), freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), junior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) and senior forward Jayna Whitcher (North Falmouth, Mass.). The Bulldogs have drawn 21 penalty corners to 19 for their opponents -- already a dramatic improvement over last season, when Yale's opponents had a 65-corner edge in that category.

Harvard (1-3) has already played two common opponents with Yale: both teams beat Holy Cross (Yale 3-1 and Harvard 1-0) and lost to Providence (Yale 5-0 and Harvard 4-0). Second team All-Ivy pick Tami Jafar leads the Crimson with two goals, though Francine Polet has generated the most shots (11). Stone has a .697 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average.

Sacred Heart (1-4), which plays at Hofstra Friday night, has a 2007 second team All-Mideast Region selection in Carisa Eye. Eye was third in the Northeast Conference in scoring last season with 13 goals and one assist, and she has three of the Pioneers' six goals in the first five games. Goalie Whitney Mills has a .744 save percentage and a 4.42 goals-against average.

Yale won last year's game 5-2, outshooting the Pioneers 29-16. McCauley had four goals and an assist, while Goins made eight saves.

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