November 7, 2006

Four Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Status

Nov. 7, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On the heels of Yale's second-place Ivy League finish -- tied for the team's best finish in the last 26 years -- the Bulldogs had four players earn All-Ivy status. Senior midfielder Lindsay Collins (Virginia Beach, Va.) and junior forward Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) made the first team while senior forward Rachel Lentz (Short Hills, N.J.) and senior midfielder Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.) made the second team. Collins and Thayer were both unanimous selections. This marks just the second time in the last 16 years Yale has had two first-team selections.

Collins, whose speed was a major factor in generating attack for Yale, finished the season with three goals and three assists. Six of her nine points came in Ivy League games, including three-point games against Cornell (a 4-2 win) and Dartmouth (a 3-1 win). She started all 17 games and 63 for her career. Last season Collins was named second team Dartfish/NFHCA Mideast All-Region as well as second team All-Ivy. She made the NFHCA Division I National Academic Team for the second year in a row.

Thayer tied for the Ivy League lead in assists with seven and tied for sixth in points with 17. Those totals, along with her five goals, all represented career highs. She had three goals and four assists in Ivy play. One of the Bulldogs' most consistent scoring threats, she had a point in eight of Yale's final 11 games, totaling 12 in that span (three goals, six assists). Thayer was honorable mention All-Ivy last season, her second straight honorable mention selection, and earned a spot on the USA Field Hockey Elite Performance Training Center's training squad for the New England region. She has started all 51 games of her Yale career.

Lentz, a two-time selection as Ivy League player of the week, tied for the league lead in goals with nine and tied for third in points with 19. Those totals both represented career highs. One of the team's top finishers, Lentz scored seven of her nine goals in Ivy League play. That included a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-2 win at Cornell, Yale's first road win over the Big Red since 1985. Lentz earned a career-high 14 starts this year. She has been selected to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Team three times.

Orrico, the team captain, was a factor at both ends of the field for the Bulldogs. She had two goals and six assists while also anchoring a defense that did not allow more than two goals to any Ivy opponent. A key member of Yale's attack and defense corners, Orrico scored the game-winning goal on a penalty corner at Cornell. She was first-team All-Ivy and first-team Dartfish/NFHCA Mideast All-Region last year. In addition, she was named to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Team and earned Academic All-Ivy honors. She was also selected for USA Field Hockey's New England EPTC Training Squad. Orrico started the final 51 games of her career and 63 overall.

The Bulldogs had two first team All-Ivy players in 2003 with Jana Halfon and Krissy Nesburg; prior to that the last time it happened was 1990 (Amy Whitaker and Anne Lehman).

Yale finished second in the league in 1998 and 2003, the only other times Yale has finished that high since winning the Ivy title in 1980.

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

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