Oct. 4, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It has been four years since the Yale field hockey team had a winning streak of four games or more in a season. The Bulldogs have a chance to achieve that feat this weekend with games against Dartmouth (Saturday, Noon, live stats available via GameTracker) and at Holy Cross (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.).
Thanks to three straight wins Yale (4-5, 0-2 Ivy) is also close to getting over the .500 mark, which would mark the first time since 2003 that the Bulldogs have been over .500 this late in the season. Two more wins would also give Yale more victories than last season with six games left to play.
The Bulldogs have climbed out of an 0-3 hole from the start of the season thanks to a dramatically improved offense. They have scored 20 goals in the last six games after scoring only once in the first three. Eleven of those goals have come from sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), who was named Ivy League Player of the Week and was selected to the womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll for her work last week in wins over Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. She entered this week leading the country in goals per game (1.22) and was second in points per game (2.78).
During the 4-2 stretch over the last six games, Yale has also gotten seven points each from senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) and senior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.). Sophomore midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) has chipped in six points.
The Bulldogs have continued to excel defensively, holding eight of their nine opponents to two or fewer goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) is second in the country in save percentage (0.840) and sixth in saves per game (9.33).
Dartmouth (2-6, 1-2 Ivy) brings a different kind of streak to Johnson Field Saturday. The Big Green has dropped five games in a row and has been outscored 28-7 in that span. Lizzie Bildner leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points. Ashley Hines (3-2-8) is second.
Holy Cross (3-8, 1-0 Patriot), which hosts Colgate on Saturday, has already lost three games to Ivy League opponents -- Columbia, Cornell and Harvard -- by a combined score of 5-0. The Crusaders have been shut out seven times, including five times by the same 2-0 score. Goalkeeper Erin Singleton keeps her team in the game with a .739 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average. Forward/midfielder Sara O'Coin, who had a hat trick in last year's 5-1 Holy Cross win over Yale, leads the team in scoring with two goals and four assists for eight points.
Yale's last winning streak longer than three games in one season came at the end of 2003, when the Bulldogs won their last six in a row as part of their run to an ECAC championship. Yale also won the first game of the 2004 season to make the overall streak seven games.