Oct. 26, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Class of 2007 plays its final home game Saturday as Yale hosts Columbia at Noon. The Bulldogs' seven seniors -- forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins (Virginia Beach, Va.), goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.), midfielder Rachel Lentz (Short Hills, N.J.), midfielder Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.), back Emily Palilonis (Hightstown, N.J.), back Jenn Slough (Silver Spring, Md.) and forward Allison Spitzer (Boston, Mass.) -- will be honored at the game.
The senior class has led Yale to 28 victories, including an ECAC Championship in 2003. That same year the Bulldogs tied the school record for most wins in Ivy League play with five. The class also helped Yale to a 1-0 win at Harvard last year, the Bulldogs' first win over their archrival since 1998. This year Yale picked up a 4-2 win at Cornell, marking the Bulldogs' first win over the Big Red in Ithaca in 21 years.
Friedlander is coming off a busy stretch both on and off the field. She has 48 saves in her last five games and on Monday was named to the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game. She currently leads the Ivy League in saves with 137 and through Sunday was fourth in the country with 9.43 saves per game.
Orrico, the team captain, has a career-high nine points this season. They have all come in the last nine games. Junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) leads Yale (3-12, 2-3 Ivy) in points with 14 (four goals, six assists).
Columbia (7-8, 1-4 Ivy) presents a formidable foe for Yale's Johnson Field finale. The Lions have won the last two meetings between these two teams 1-0, including an overtime win two years ago in New Haven. Those two Columbia wins came after Yale had claimed the first nine games in the series.
Ramie Merrill leads Columbia in points (4-3-11), while Laura Cosan (4-1-9) is second. Gena Miller has seen the majority of time in goal, posting a .793 save percentage and 1.68 goals-against average.
The Lions need one more win to match last season's total of eight, which tied for the second-most in program history. Yale needs to win its final two games to finish above .500 in league play, which would mark the second time since 1998 the Bulldogs have done that.
Live stats from the game are scheduled to be available via GameTracker on yalebulldogs.com.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity