Bulldogs Host First-Place Columbia On Saturday Night
Class of 2011 Makes Final Appearance At Reese Stadium
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The women's soccer Class of 2011 has accomplished quite a bit at Yale. Megan Ashforth, Becky Brown, Kate Macauley, Natalie Romine, Lizz Reeves and Ayana Sumiyasu have helped lead the Bulldogs to 35 wins over the last four years. On Saturday the six will suit up for the last time at Reese Stadium when Yale hosts first-place Columbia. The festivities get under way at 7 p.m.
Ashforth has worked hard to return to the lineup for the last part of the season after suffering an injury against Syracuse. In her career, she has appeared in 41 games after transferring from the University of Virginia. She started 14 games as a junior and scored her first career goal in the victory over Central Connecticut. In her first season at Yale in 2008, she started all 17 games and earned second team All-Ivy and first team All-New England recognition.
Brown, the 2010 team captain, will graduate as one of the most prolific scorers in Yale history. She is currently fifth in career goals (29), tied for second in career assists (21) and third in career points (79). This year, she leads the team with four goals and 12 points. As a junior she became only the third player in school history to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year. In addition, she earned second team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. As a sophomore, she was a second team All-Ivy selection after leading the team with 10 assists, only one shy of the school record. In her rookie year, she earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition.
Macauley has been a steady midfielder for the Bulldogs throughout her career. This year she has appeared in 14 games and has one assist. An injury limited her to 14 games in her junior year, although she did score the game-winning goal against Bryant. Macauley made an immediate impact in her rookie year, earning second team All-Ivy recognition. In her four years she has played in 60 games for Yale.
Romine has returned to enjoy a strong season after missing most of last year with an injury. She is tied for third on the team with two goals, including the game-winner against Marist. In her career, she has appeared in 49 games. Her first career goal came in her freshman season against Cornell.
Reeves' career has been hampered by injuries. She has been unable to play this year but still has made a valuable contribution. She started the Quinnipiac game in her junior year and made the first start of her career against Washington in 2007.
Sumiyasu is a three-year starter in goal for the Bulldogs. This year she leads the Ivy League with 67 saves. As a junior, she finished second in the Ivy League in goals against average (1.02) and save percentage (.824), tied for second in shutouts (5) and was third in saves (61). In her sophomore year, she started all 17 games and was third in the Ivy League in saves (68). As a freshman, she was named Yale's Most Valuable Player at the Carolina Nike Classic after making a season-high 10 saves against North Carolina.
Columbia (9-3-3, 3-1-1 Ivy) is currently tied for first place with Penn in the Ivy League. Both the Lions and Quakers have 10 points. Ashlin Yahr leads the team with six goals. Kelly Hostetler has a team-best seven assists. Columbia has outscored its opponents 23-10. Lillian Klein has played all but one game in goal and has a 0.67 goals against average.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity