March 18, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sometimes, even in a team sport, a couple of players can make a dramatic difference. No. 12 BU illustrated that Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium, as midfielder Sarah Dalton and attacker Traci Landy combined for 10 of the Terriers' 12 goals. The Bulldogs got goals from five different players, including the first career goal from junior midfielder Natalie Reid, but it was not enough to avoid a 12-6 loss.
BU (4-3, 0-0 America East) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first eight minutes on goals by Dalton, Landy and midfielder Hannah Frey. The Terriers' transition attack was finally disrupted by a smart foul from junior defender Claire Eliasberg, who broke up a scoring chance for the Terriers nine minutes in. Attacker Erin Baumgartner hit the post with the ensuing free position attempt, and Yale started to regroup.
A caused turnover by junior attacker Jessica Sturgill on an attempted clear by the Terriers, and a ground ball by junior midfielder Sarah David, helped set up sophomore midfielder Logan Greer for Yale's first goal. Sturgill then converted a feed from senior midfielder Jenn Warden and set up junior attacker Jenna Block for another goal that pulled Yale even, 3-3, with 7:14 left in the first half.
But BU was able to answer back with a pair of goals before the half, one from the All-American Dalton and one from attacker Steph Walker. The Terriers kept that momentum into the start of the second half, scoring four more goals -- three from Landy and one from Dalton -- to go up 9-3.
Still, Yale kept battling. Reid's goal, assisted by David, provided a spark with 17:44 left. But right after that the game turned decidedly in BU's favor. Sturgill had an apparent goal waved off due to a goal circle violation with 15 minutes to play, and the Terriers got a goal from Dalton off of the ensuing possession. The sequence turned what could have been a 9-5 game into a 10-4 game, and BU never looked back.
Freshman goalie Whitney Quackenbush made a point-blank save on Walker off a Dalton feed with 18:30 remaining, and Sturgill later scored off a Block assist to get Yale within five, but another Dalton goal -- her fifth of the game and 30th of the season -- pushed the Terriers' lead to 11-5 with 8:06 left. A free position goal by Warden and another goal by Landy (her fifth of the game and 18th of the season) made the final 12-6.
Quackenbush finished with 11 saves, while BU's Rachel Klein made six. One game after going 0-for-14 on draw controls against No. 5 Penn, Yale rebounded nicely in that category to win 12 of 20 draws on Wednesday. Sophomore midfielder Ariana Papier led in that category with three. Greer had a team-high five ground balls for the Bulldogs.
Yale (2-5, 0-1 Ivy League) hosts No. 19 Dartmouth Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity