Yale Looks to Maintain Momentum Wednesday vs. Sacred Heart

Yale Looks to Maintain Momentum Wednesday vs. Sacred Heart

Sept. 26, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With Yale's first win at Cornell in 21 years still fresh in their minds, the members of the Yale field hockey team must quickly turn their attention to Sacred Heart. The Pioneers make the trip up from Fairfield Wednesday (7:00 p.m. game) with a 7-2 record. They have been among the "others receiving votes" in the national poll, so the Bulldogs cannot afford a letdown after their emotional Ivy League win over the Big Red.

Yale (2-5, 1-1 Ivy) had one of its best offensive days in recent memory on Saturday, surpassing the three-goal plateau for just the second time in 27 games. Senior midfielder Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.) factored in three of Yale's four goals, including scoring the game-winner, as the Bulldogs pulled off the historic 4-2 win. Twice she set up senior midfielder Rachel Lentz (Short Hills, N.J.), who now has three goals in her last three games - the first three goals of her Yale career.

The Pioneers have posted some impressive offensive numbers this season, averaging over four goals per game. Sophomore forward Carisa Eye has accounted for nearly half of her team's goals (17 of 37). Only one other player has more than two goals (senior midfielder Colleen Carney with five).

The Bulldogs and the Pioneers have met every year since 2001, with Yale holding a 4-1 advantage in the series. Last year's game was decided by an Orrico penalty corner goal with 2:32 remaining. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) registered a shutout with five saves. It was the first win for Pam Stuper as Yale's head coach.

Live stats from Wednesday's game are scheduled to be available via GameTracker on www.yalebulldogs.com.

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