Bulldogs Take Aim at Local Rivals

Sept. 26, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale plays its first road game in two weeks this Friday, and it is not a very far trip. The Bulldogs make the 10-mile trek up I-91 to play Quinnipiac (4:00 p.m.) to start a weekend against local rivals. Sacred Heart comes to Johnson Field Sunday (2:00 p.m., live stats available via GameTracker).

This is the last weekend of the season in which Yale (2-5, 0-2 Ivy) will not play an Ivy League opponent. Having topped Fairfield 7-0 their last time out, the Bulldogs are looking to build some momentum for the resumption of league play against Dartmouth Oct. 6. Yale has a combined record of 10-3 against the two upcoming opponents.

Sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) enters the week fourth in the country in goals per game (1.00, seven in seven games) and seventh in points per game (2.29, 16 in seven games). All 16 of her points have come in the last four games, including seven in the most recent game. She currently leads the Ivy League in scoring.

The win over Fairfield also saw a pair of players who play integral roles get their first points of the year. Sidelined by an injury earlier in the season, junior forward Alyssa Jethani (Vancouver, B.C.) had a goal and an assist Sunday, her fifth game since returning. Midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.), the lone freshman to start all seven games, had her first career assist when she set up McCauley's third goal.

The Yale defense has held five of seven opponents to two or fewer goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) is fourth in the country in both save percentage (.829) and saves per game (9.71). She has a scoreless streak of 100:30 in progress.

Quinnipiac (1-8), which beat Yale for the first time in seven tries last season, has five one-goal losses this season. Christine Grady leads the team in goals with four, and the Bobcats have allowed 31 goals in eight games.

Sacred Heart (2-7), which beat the Bulldogs 3-2 last season, features one of the busiest goalkeepers in the country. Kristen McIntire is second nationally in saves per game (10.11), and has played all 630 minutes.

The last four meetings between Yale and Sacred Heart have been decided by one goal.

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