Oct. 17, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale field hockey team travels to Pennsylvania for a pair of games, including one that could impact the Ivy title race. Yale and Penn have a pair of losses in league play heading into Friday night's 7:15 p.m. game, meaning both teams need a win to keep their title hopes alive. Yale could also use a win against Lock Haven (Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Live Video) to inch closer to double digits in wins, something that has only happened four times in the program's history.
The Bulldogs' six-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday by No. 18 Syracuse, but the streak did put Yale in position to make an impact in the Ivy standings. Yale (7-6, 2-2 Ivy) and Penn (6-7, 2-2 Ivy) are tied for fourth in the league, trailing Cornell (6-6, 3-2 Ivy), Harvard (7-5, 3-1 Ivy) and Princeton (8-4, 4-1 Ivy). The Crimson and the Tigers still have to play each other, and with further help it is possible that a team with two losses could tie for the league title.
Balance has been the key to Yale's recent success, as indicated by the fact that three different Bulldogs -- sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) and senior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) -- have earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors in the last three weeks. McCauley is sixth in the country in both points per game (2.15) and goals per game (0.92).
Goins has taken over the national lead in save percentage (.847, 19 percentage points ahead of Rhode Island's M.J. Britt). Over the last eight games she has been even more remarkable, stopping 69 of 79 shots for a .873 save percentage.
Penn had a hot streak of its own snapped recently -- the Quakers won six of seven at one point before dropping their last two games, each by a goal. Penn is 3-2 at Franklin Field, which features a Sprinturf "grassy turf" surface not traditionally used for field hockey.
The Quakers have one of the more effective offenses in the league, as they are tied with the Bulldogs for second in the Ancient Eight in goals per game (2.15). Meghan Rose leads the team in points (5-4-14), just ahead of Margaretha Ehret (5-2-12). Goalkeeper Alanna Butera has a .717 save percentage and 2.71 goals-against average.
Lock Haven (11-5, 6-0 NEC) will provide a stern test for the Yale defense -- the Lady Eagles are fifth in the country in scoring average (3.44 goals per game). They are also ninth in penalty corners (8.69 per game).
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity