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Bulldogs Celebrate Seniors as Columbia, No. 15 BU Come to Town

The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2013: Lexy Adams, Ona McConnell, Maddy Sharp and Mary Beth Barham. (photo by David Silverman,
The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2013: Lexy Adams, Ona McConnell, Maddy Sharp and Mary Beth Barham. (photo by David Silverman,

Final Home Games of 2012

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will pay tribute to its senior class this weekend at Johnson Field, as the Bulldogs host Columbia (Saturday, Noon) and No. 15 BU (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) in the final home games of the 2012 season.

The senior class -- back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.), midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) and forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.) -- has led Yale to 38 victories in the last four years, the third-best total in school history. That includes second-place finishes in the Ivy League each of their first two years, and an Ivy League championship last year. They twice helped Yale set the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six. This class also beat Harvard four times, becoming the first class in school history to do so. They were a part of a nine-game winning streak, and helped Yale earn votes in the national polls in three seasons. They have also helped Yale earn the NFHCA National Academic Team Award each of the past three seasons.

Saturday's game is "Youth Day", and will include a post-game autograph session. The four seniors will be recognized as part of Senior Day ceremonies at Sunday's game.

Yale (4-10, 1-4 Ivy League) dropped a pair of games at Johnson Field last weekend. Entering this weekend, junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) leads the Bulldogs in points (4-2-10). She is currently tied for fourth on Yale's career assists list (26, 18 behind all-time leader Dinah Landshut '12).

Sophomore forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) is second on the team in points (3-1-7). Accurso and Borgo both have five points in the last four games, more than any other Bulldog besides junior forward Brooke Gogel (Bronxville, N.Y.) (3-0-6).

Junior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) is 12th in the country in saves per game (7.5). She has a .714 save percentage and a 3.83 goals-against average.

Columbia (8-6, 3-2 Ivy League) gave Yale a scare last year in the Bulldogs' second-to-last league game. With the Ivy title within reach, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead on goals by Erin Carter '12 and Borgo, but the Lions closed to within 2-1 on a goal by back Desi Scherf 10 minutes into the second half. Yale finally put the game out of reach with a goal by Carter at 50:35. The Bulldogs then beat Brown in the regular season finale to clinch a share of the Ivy championship with Princeton.

Columbia, in its third season under head coach Marybeth Freeman, had a six-game winning streak earlier this year but has dropped four of six since. Forward Gabby Kozlowski is tied for third in the league in goals with nine. Backs Bridget DeSandis and Katie DeSandis are tied for second in the league with nine assists.

BU (10-6, 3-1 America East), which plays Fairfield Saturday, started the season with five straight wins but has dropped six of 11 since. The Terriers are 5-4 vs. ranked teams this season. Goalkeeper Jess Maroney is second in the country in save percentage (.824) and eighth in the country in goals-against average (1.24).

Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Senior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The Bulldogs are taking pledges for a season-long "Goal-a-thon" as part of their "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. For more information, visit




Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity