Nov. 16, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior forward Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.), a second-team NFHCA Mideast Region selection and a unanimous first team All-Ivy pick, has been elected captain of the Yale field hockey team for the 2007 season. Thayer was selected by a team vote at Ray Tompkins House on Tuesday.
"It is a huge honor to be elected captain by my teammates," Thayer said. "I respect and have confidence in each member of this team, and to know that they support me as well means a lot."
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. 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).
Head coach Pam Stuper pointed out the qualities that make Thayer an ideal choice for captain.
"Her commitment, work ethic and enthusiasm make her a great example for our underclassmen," Stuper said. "Her leadership in actions and words is extremely important to our success."
Thayer was honorable mention All-Ivy in 2005, her second 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.
At School of the Holy Child Thayer was a four-time all-league selection and was a two-time team MVP. At Yale she is part of a senior class that also includes back Lorrie Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) and back Beth Raveche (Hoboken, N.J.).
"There is great leadership in our class as a whole and I know that together we will create a strong foundation for next season," Thayer said. "As a team we strive to set increasingly higher standards and expectations for ourselves, and this coming year shouldn't be any different."
Yale finished second in the Ivy League, tied for the team's best finish in the last 26 years. The Bulldogs also finished second in 1998 and 2003, the only other times Yale has finished that high since winning the Ivy title in 1980.
"Harriet has the ability and the mentality to be a tremendous leader who can take this team to the next level," Stuper said.
With all three of Yale's Ivy League losses this year coming by just one goal, there is much reason for optimism entering next season.
"Our goal is to be Ivy champs and we will continue to attack each day with a level of discipline, commitment and intensity that will allow us to achieve this objective," Thayer said. "I'm extremely excited to be a part of this team and to be in the position we are in. There is a strong sense of unity and positivity that I am confident will grant us success in the future."
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity