November 4, 2008

Bulldogs Bring Winning Streak into Season Finale at Brown Saturday

Nov. 4, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saturday's game at Brown (Noon, Pay-per-view Video on Brown's website) marks the last game of the season for Yale, and there are still several milestones in reach for the Bulldogs. They have won three in a row and five of their last six, outscoring their opponents 21-8 in that span.

That hot streak has moved Yale to 7-9 overall on the season (2-4 in the Ivy League). A win Saturday would give the Bulldogs their best win total in a season since the 2003 team won 12 games. It would also mark the second season in a row that Yale has increased its victory total from the previous year.

Another stat on the upswing for Yale is goals. The Bulldogs already have 35 this season, the most since 2003 (46). Yale's team goal total has increased each year since 2005 (15 in 2004, 21 in 2005, 28 in 2006, 33 in 2007, 35 this year). There has been a corresponding improvement in assists as well, and this year's assist total (32) is second only to the 1979 squad's 53 in Yale history.

One of the main figures behind those improved offensive numbers got honored by the Ivy League as Player of the Week Tuesday. Junior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) has 20 points (nine goals and two assists) over the last seven games as she maneuvers up a variety of Yale's all-time scoring lists. She's currently fifth in career goals (29) and points (67).

While McCauley keeps putting the ball in the net, junior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) keeps helping others do so. Cantore's 10 assists are the most by a Yale player since Sarah Driscoll '05 had 14 in 2003. She has a career-high 14 points this year, seven better than her previous best. That makes her one of five players on the team with a career high in points this year (junior forward Lesley Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), senior forward Alyssa Jethani (Vancouver, B.C.), sophomore midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) and junior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) are the others).

Also posting impressive numbers is sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who has re-taken the NCAA lead in save percentage at .832 (11 percentage points ahead of Penn State's Jenn Beaumont). Bolling made eight saves Sunday as she and junior Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) combined on a shutout of Quinnipiac, the second shutout in the last three games for the Bulldogs. Yale has allowed only eight goals in the last six games.

Brown (4-12, 0-6 Ivy League) has suffered five one-goal losses this season, making the Bears' losing record deceiving. Goalkeeper Lauren Kessler leads the Ivy League in saves per game (8.09) and has a .736 save percentage. Freshman goalkeeper Caroline Washburn has started the last three games, including a 3-2 win at Holy Cross that snapped a four-game losing streak. Freshman midfielder/forward Abigail Taft leads the team in goals with seven.

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

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