November 7, 2007

Four Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 7, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four Bulldogs earned All-Ivy field hockey honors from the league Wednesday, including senior captain forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.), who was a unanimous first team selection for the second season in a row. A trio of sophomores -- forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) and goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) (second team) and midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) (honorable mention) also earned recognition.

Thayer, who started all 68 games of her career, has been one of Yale's prime playmakers since joining the Bulldogs. She is the seventh player in Yale history to earn multiple first team All-Ivy selections. She tied for sixth in the league with six assists, including a pair of assists on game-winning goals in double-overtime (vs. Harvard and Dartmouth). She had assists in four straight games during Yale's six-game winning streak in the middle of the season. A second team NFHCA Mideast All-Region selection last year, she has been involved with USA Field Hockey's New England High Performance Training Center squad for the last three years, and has gone to the National Championships twice.

A religious studies major with a concentration in political science, Thayer is a graduate of School of the Holy Child.

In her first season as a starter, Goins played every minute of every game and finished with an .804 save percentage (currently fourth in the country) and averaged 8.71 saves per game (fifth in the country). She had three shutouts, including one span midway through the season when she went 182:06 without allowing a goal. She had some of her best games against Yale's toughest competition -- against the four opponents currently in the top 20 she stopped 52 of 63 shots (.825). She earned one womensfieldhockey.com National honor roll selection and one Ivy League Player of the Week selection.

Goins is a graduate of Arendell Parrott Academy.

McCauley enjoyed a breakout season that saw her score 15 goals (fifth on Yale's single-season list) and total 35 points (tied for third on Yale's single-season list). Her .88 goals per game average places her fourth in the country and her 2.06 points per game is eighth. She scored three or more goals in a game three times, including a four-goal game vs. Sacred Heart to help Yale to a 5-2 win. She earned three major weekly awards at various points in the season, including womensfieldhockey.com National honor roll, ECAC Player of the Week and Ivy League Player of the Week.

McCauley is a graduate of Rye High.

Cantore was a catalyst in the midfield for the Bulldogs all year long, playing through pain to finish the season with 34 straight games played and 32 straight starts. She had two goals, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win at Quinnipiac, and three assists.

Cantore is a graduate of Hershey High.

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

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