Sept. 15, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After cruising to a 5-1 victory over Quinnipiac on Tuesday night at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium, the Bulldogs are back on the road for a pair of non-league games this weekend. Yale, which will play eight of its first 10 games away from home, is at George Mason on Friday at 7 p.m. and takes on Maryland on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Bulldogs, who are third in this week's NSCAA New England regional poll, have won four straight games, outscoring their opponents 9-1 during the streak. Defenders Eleni Benson, Christina Huang, Hayley Zevenbergen and Natasha Mann have been strong in front of goalkeepers Susan Starr (0.40 goals against average) and Chloe Beizer (0.57 GAA) who have split the duties.
Offensively, eight different players have at least one point. Freshman Crysti Howser, who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, leads the team in goals (4) and points (10).
George Mason opened the season in Hawaii, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the University of Hawaii and then falling 4-0 to BYU-Hawaii, but has won three straight since returning to the mainland. Rachel Wiggins, who was named the CAA Player of the Week, leads the team with four goals and nine points.
Maryland (2-3-1) reached the round of 16 in last year's NCAA College Cup. Two of the Terps' three losses have come against teams ranked in the top-10 - 2-1 to No. 9 UConn and 6-0 to No. 1 Notre Dame. Maryland plays second-ranked Penn State on Friday night. The Terps' six goals have been scored by six different players.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity