Nov. 1, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale field hockey team looks to send the Class of 2008 off with a win Saturday in the season finale, with Brown coming to Johnson Field (Noon, Gametracker live stats).
The game marks the final appearance in a Yale uniform for senior back Lorrie Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), senior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.), senior back Beth Raveche (Hoboken, N.J.) and senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.). Those four have helped the Bulldogs to 25 wins over the past four years, including a second-place finish in the Ivy League last year and the team's best overall victory total since 2003 this year. The class also beat Harvard twice in three years, something Yale had not done in nine years. This year they were a part of a six-game winning streak that highlighted the celebration of the 35th anniversary of field hockey at Yale.
The Bears (0-16, 0-6 Ivy) were 7-2 midway through the 2006 season, but have gone 2-21 since then. That includes a 3-1 loss to Yale in last year's season finale, when junior forward Alyssa Jethani (Vancouver, B.C.) (one goal) and Rachel Lentz '07 (two goals) accounted for Yale's goals. That was also the first career point for sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), who assisted on the final goal.
This year McCauley has racked up 35 points, tying her for third on Yale's single-season record list and putting her eight points away from the school record, 43, set by Emily Montgomery `78 in 1977. McCauley has 15 goals - the most by a Yale player since Amanda Walton '02 had 17 in 1999.
Sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) is also looking to end her breakout season on a high note. After appearing in only four games last year, she has played all 1,093:29 this year and had the second-best save percentage in the country (.827) entering the week. She also has three shutouts.
Yale (7-9, 2-4 Ivy) is 16-14-4 all-time vs. Brown.
Andrea Posa leads the Bears in goals with four despite missing six games. Victoria Sacco's three goals and an assist place her second on the team in points with seven.
Brown has split the goaltending duties between Lauren Kessler (503:01, .766 save percentage, 2.50 GAA) and Kristen Hodavance (557:28, .671, 3.39).