Sept. 7, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nearly 3,400 fans came to Reese Stadium last weekend to watch the Bulldogs open the season against perennial powers Duke and North Carolina. Unfortunately, most went home disappointed as Yale fell to the Blue Devils 3-0 and UNC 4-0. If the Bulldogs are to earn their first victory this weekend, it will have to come away from home as they travel to the Delaware Blue Hen Classic.
"We know that we could have competed a little better last weekend," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We also know that as long as we learn from the experience, it will only make us better down the road."
The Bulldogs can also be comforted by the fact that they lost their first two games to Duke and North Carolina last year before winning the Ivy League title and advancing to the third round of the NCAA College Cup.
Yale plays Delaware on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Hens (4-0) are off to their best start since the 1994 team started 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 12-1. Lindsay Boyd leads the team in scoring with four goals. Melissa Kilker, who was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, has two goals and a team-best three assists. Bonnie Mills has started all four games in goal and has a 0.25 goals against average.
"Delaware is a very hard-working team, so we can't let them outwork us," Meredith said. "Their confidence level is high, and they will be playing at home. I expect a very tough game."
Yale battles Montana on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The Grizzlies (2-2) play Lehigh on Friday and are coming off an impressive 4-0 victory over Idaho last Sunday. Montana was picked to finish fourth in the Big Sky Conference preseason poll. Lindsay Winans, who shares the team lead in goals with two, was named the offensive MVP of last weekend's Governor's Cup.
The Bulldogs will be back home on Sept. 15 when they host UMass at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity