NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, subbed Brooke Reese into the game against Michigan State Monday afternoon at Johnson Field, she had one message for the senior forward.
"I put my arm around her and said, 'Go grab a goal'," Stuper said. "Get in there and get to anything you can get your hands on."
It took until 5:21 was left in the first overtime, but Reese delivered. On a Yale penalty corner, junior midfielder Bridget Condie sent the ball towards the goal, where it hit off a Michigan State player and popped in the air. Reese, charging in at the far post, knocked it past Spartans goalie Jade Arundell for the 2-1 win. She has now scored nine career goals on 21 shots (a .429 shooting percentage), and three of them have been game-winners.
Reese's tally ended an evenly match affair on a hot and humid day in the Elm City. The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 30:07 of the first, when first-year midfielder Alissa Wong scored an unassisted goal.
Including Reese and Wong, Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) had eight different players take shots in this game -- a good sign of how diversified the team's attack can be. One of the key storylines for the Bulldogs early in the season will be seeing how they replace the scoring of Carol Middough '18, who graduated after scoring 18 of the team's 48 goals last year.
"When JJ [Duke, commentator for the ESPN+ broadcast] asked me before the game who is replacing Carol's scoring, I said 'The team.'," Stuper said. "When Carol graduated and we started talking about it, we said the team needs to make up for a prolific goal scorer graduating. Today, we did that."
Michigan State (2-3, 0-0 Big Ten) tied the game on a goal by midfielder Isa Van der Weij at 40:05, but other than that Yale sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso --a returning All-Ivy League selection --picked up right where she left off last year. She made eight saves on nine shots.
"Syd's looking great," said Stuper. "She made some great saves, helped lead the defense and kept them organized. She's strong, steady and reliable."
Yale now turns its attention to next weekend, when the Bulldogs will play two games in three days at Johnson Field. They host Hofstra Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity