Sept. 21, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A busy weekend at Johnson Field for the Yale field hockey team includes a key Ivy League match up against Cornell Friday night (7:00 p.m., GameTracker) and a game against local rival Fairfield Sunday afternoon (1:00 p.m., GameTracker).
It has been 16 years since a team with two losses in Ivy League play won a share of the league championship. Yale (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) and Cornell (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) both have one loss already, so Friday's game should feature playoff-like intensity. A close game is also likely. Last year's 4-2 win for the Bulldogs marked the first time in seven years a Yale-Cornell game was decided by more than a goal (Yale was 1-5 in that stretch).
The Bulldogs' attack has been bolstered recently by the emergence of sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.). McCauley has nine points in the last two games, including four goals last Friday -- the first four goals of her career. The defense continues to impress with sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) as the backbone. She is second in the country in saves per game (11.6) and seventh in save percentage (.817). Yale has held its last two opponents scoreless on 21 penalty corner attempts.
Alyssa DePaolo leads the Big Red in scoring with two goals and one assist for five points. Helena Haas is second with four points (two goals). Four of Cornell's first five games have been decided by one goal and the last three have all gone to overtime.
Fairfield (1-6, 0-1 NEC), which plays Monmouth Saturday, has been outscored 20-4 so far this season. The Stags' leading scorer is Emily Janis, who has a pair of goals. Yale leads the series with Fairfield 17-2.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity