Turnovers, Transition Goals Prove Decisive as Bulldogs Fall to No. 7 Princeton 15-6
April 4, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale held No. 7 Princeton off for the first eight minutes of Saturday's game at Reese Stadium. But when the Tigers struck, they struck quickly: five goals in a span of less than three minutes. Princeton never looked back, taking full advantage of Yale's 21 turnovers to race to a 15-6 win.
Virtually all of Princeton's goals on the day were scored either in transition or on free position shots, and freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush didn't have much of a chance to make more than the four saves she finished with. The first sign of what was to come came after Quackenbush denied a free position attempt by Holly McGarvie, Princeton's All-America midfielder, four minutes in. The Bulldogs had an extended possession after that save, but after several minutes on offense one Yale turnover gave Princeton the opportunity it needed. The Tigers pushed the ball down the field quickly, and McGarvie fed attacker Christine Casaceli for the game's first goal at 22:05.
That started a five-goal run for the Tigers that included three goals in transition and two on free position attempts. Senior midfielder Jenn Warden finally slowed the Tigers' momentum with a caused turnover, drawing a yellow card on McGarvie. Warden then got Yale (3-8, 0-4 Ivy League) on the board with a free position goal at 17:07.
Princeton (9-1, 3-0 Ivy League) then reeled off three more goals, all scored in transition, to build an 8-1 lead. It would have been more had Quackenbush not stopped free position attempts by McGarvie and Casaceli. Sophomore midfielder Ariana Papier then made a nice move low in the fan to get Yale's second goal, but the Tigers answered a minute later to extend the lead to 9-2 at 4:17.
The Bulldogs tried to close the gap, but sophomore midfielder Logan Greer had back-to-back shots miss -- one saved, one wide -- and Princeton goalie Erin Tochihara then made another save on junior attacker Jessica Sturgill. Warden finally got Yale another goal on a free position four seconds before halftime.
Princeton asserted control of the game by scoring the first five goals of the second half, and sophomore Katie Janian came on in relief of Quackenbush. The Bulldogs were able to string together a run of three goals, two on free positions by senior midfielder Taylor Fragapane and one unassisted goal by Warden, but it was not enough. McGarvie, who was defended by Warden most of the day and largely held in check, scored the game's final goal with 4:04 to play. She finished with two goals and two assists, while midfielder Lizzy Drumm ended with a game-high five goals. Three other Tigers -- Casaceli, midfielder/attacker Cassie Pyle and midfielder Kristin Schwab -- had two goals each, while attackers Kristin Morrison and Anne Murray had one each.
In addition to her three goals, Warden also had four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley had five caused turnovers, and Greer had three draw controls.
Tochihara finished with seven saves for Princeton before giving way to Kaitlyn Perrelle with 2:45 left in the game.
Yale continues Ivy League play Wednesday at Columbia.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity