October 2, 2008

Yale Visits New York to Play Cornell, No. 2 Syracuse

Oct. 2, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After three straight games at Johnson Field, the Yale field hockey team now starts a stretch of four straight games on the road. The Bulldogs drive west this weekend to play Cornell (Saturday, Noon, Live Stats on Cornell's Website) and No. 2 Syracuse (Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Live Stats on Syracuse's Website). The Big Red is tied for the Ivy League lead, while the Orange is the last undefeated team in the country.

Yale (2-5, 0-2 Ivy League) played perhaps its best hockey of the season its last time out, but fell 2-1 to Lock Haven on a pair of late goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) made the most of her first career start. Combined with her 23 minutes of shutout relief against Princeton on Saturday, Bolling made 10 saves and allowed only two goals in 93 minutes on the weekend. That's an .833 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.

The Bulldogs continue to be led by junior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), who has a team-best five goals and 10 points. Yale has been able to spread the scoring around recently, however. In the last three games, six different players have at least two points. Freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) and junior back Julia Weiser (Dallas, Texas) each have four points in that span.

Cornell (4-4, 2-0 Ivy League) has won three of its last four, outscoring its opponents 11-5 in that stretch. Senior back Belen Martinez, a 2005 and 2007 All-Mideast Region selection, leads the Big Red in goals (six) and points (14). She leads the Ivy League in shots with 52 -- 20 more than the next-closest player in the league and 35 more than any other player on the Cornell roster. Junior goalkeeper Melanie Jue, a defenseman for the Big Red women's ice hockey team who joined the field hockey team this year, has a .784 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average. A native of Richmond, B.C., Jue has participated in the Canadian National team talent identification camp and has been on Team B.C.

Syracuse (11-0), one of four opponents Yale faces this season that are ranked in the current national poll (North Carolina is No. 4, UConn is No. 6 and Princeton is No. 12), has scored 22 goals in its last four games, including a 10-0 rout of New Hampshire. The Orange is the last remaining undefeated team in the country and has already broken the school record for goals in a season with 60. Midfielder Shannon Taylor leads the team with 14 tallies.

Syracuse won last year's meeting 5-2, overcoming an 11-save performance by junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.). McCauley and senior forward Laura Pierce (Rutland, Vt.) accounted for Yale's goals.

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

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