Nov. 12, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three Bulldogs earned All-Ivy League field hockey honors Wednesday, including a unanimous first-team selection for junior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.). Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and junior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) earned second team honors.
McCauley, who was second team All-Ivy League last year, is tied for the Ivy League lead in goals (14) and is third in points (31). She is also tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with four. The 2007 Ivy League leader in goals with 15, she now has two of the top seven highest single-season goal totals in Yale history and two of the top six highest single-season point totals in Yale history (31 this season, 35 last season).
McCauley is fifth on Yale's all-time lists in both goals (29) and points (67). In 2007 she was second in the NCAA in goals per game (15 in 17 games, 0.88) and sixth in the NCAA in points per game (35 in 17 games, 2.06). Her 29 goals in two seasons is the third-best two-year stretch in Yale history. That scoring spree is all the more remarkable given that she only had one point as a freshman.
McCauley is a graduate of Rye High, where she was a two-time all-state selection in field hockey and also was honorable mention all-section in basketball.
Cantore, who was honorable mention All-Ivy League last year, enjoyed a breakout season on the stat sheet this year. She is tied for fourth in the Ivy League in assists with 10 and established a career high in points with 14, doubling her previous single-season best. Her assist total this season tied for fifth on Yale's single-season list, and she is now tied for 11th on Yale's career assists list with 13. A factor at both ends of the field, Cantore is tied for the Ivy League lead in defensive saves with three.
Cantore has played in all 51 games of her career and has started the last 49. She is a graduate of Hershey High, where she was a two-time all-state selection.
Bolling's selection for second team All-Ivy honors caps a memorable season that has her ranked fourth in the country in save percentage (.809). After not playing a minute her freshman year, she made her varsity debut in the first game of the season and then started the season's final 11 games. She had some of her best efforts against the top teams in the country, including a career-high 15 saves in Yale's near-upset of then-No. 4 North Carolina, the defending national champions. The Tar Heels were just 1-for-11 on penalty corners. That earned her Ivy League Player of the Week selection Oct. 14.
Bolling also made 13 saves at Cornell and 11 saves at then-No. 2 Syracuse. Thanks to her work Yale allowed Syracuse, which is currently leading the country in scoring average at 5.14 goals per game, only three goals. Overall the Bulldogs faced four of the top nine scoring offenses in the country this year and held three of them (Lock Haven, North Carolina and Syracuse) below their season scoring averages.
Bolling finished with a 1.89 goals-against average and one shutout, a 3-0 blanking of Fairfield. She won three of her last four starts.
Bolling, whose brother Michael is a senior punter on the Cornell football team, is a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer. Her team won back-to-back state titles in 2005 and 2006.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
2008 All-Ivy League Field Hockey Team
F - Catie DeStio - Cornell - Unanimous F - Ashley McCauley - Yale - Unanimous F - Kat Sharkey - Princeton M - Holly McGarvie - Princeton - Unanimous M - Katie Reinprecht - Princeton - Unanimous M - Megan Davidson - Columbia M - Carly Dickson - Harvard D - Virginia Peisch - Dartmouth - Unanimous D - Kraftin Schreyer - Princeton D - Belen Martinez - Cornell D - Sarah Reinprecht - Princeton G - Melanie Jue - Cornell
Player of the Year - Katie Reinprecht - Princeton - Unanimous
Rookie of the Year - Kat Sharkey - Princeton
F - Candice Arner - Princeton F - Rachel Eng - Penn F - Abbi Horn - Cornell M - Julia Garrison - Columbia M - Ashley Hines - Dartmouth M - Katie Cantore - Yale M - Margaretha Ehret - Penn D - Sara Eaton - Brown D - Sarah Warner - Penn G - Katie Bolling - Yale
Brown - Leslie Springmeyer - F; Victoria Sacco - D Columbia - Christine Buszczak - F Cornell - Kate Thompson - M Dartmouth - Kelly Hood - M; Meagan Vakiener - G Harvard - Georgia McGillivray - D Princeton - Kristin Schwab - M; Kaitlyn Perrelle - D