Sept. 19, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -Yale and Central Connecticut have both enjoyed a great deal of success in recent years. The Bulldogs won the Ivy League title last year and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the third time in the last four years. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, have won the Northeast Conference Tournament title each of the last four years to earn a berth in the College Cup.
The two teams are quite familiar with each other, having played three times in the last two years. Yale has won all three, including a 3-0 victory in the first round of the College Cup last November. They'll meet again on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium, and both teams will be preparing for their league openers. The Bulldogs host Princeton on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Central Connecticut travels to St. Francis, Pa., for its NEC opener on Friday.
Yale (2-3-1) has been forced to deal with a rash of early-season injuries. Fortunately, a number of players have stepped up to fill the void. On Sunday, the Bulldogs were without All-America candidate Christina Huang and 2005 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Crysti Howser but still managed a 2-0 victory over Hartford. Freshman Caitlin Collins scored her first career goal and senior Mimi Macauley also scored, while Trista Choksi and Maggie Westfal had assists. Choksi, who entered the season with five career points, has three points in the last two games and was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday.
The Blue Devils are 3-5 but two of their losses have come against nationally ranked opponents - No. 11 Boston College (2-1) and No. 13 UConn (2-1). Central also has played two Ivy League opponents, winning 1-0 at Harvard and falling 3-1 at Dartmouth.
Jessica McCavanagh leads CCSU in points with seven and is tied for the team lead in goals with two. Brittany Emin also has two goals. Erin Herd has started seven games in goal and has a 0.98 goals against average.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity