NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a 2-1 overtime win vs. Michigan State in Monday's season opener, the Yale field hockey team hosts a pair of games at Johnson Field this weekend. The Bulldogs play Hofstra at 4:00 p.m. on Friday (ESPN+) and Drexel at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (ESPN3).
Bulldogs Open with Win
On a hot and humid day at Johnson Field on Labor Day, Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) had to work overtime to earn a win vs. Michigan State in the season opener. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead at 30:07 of the first, when first year midfielder Alissa Wong (West Vancouver, B.C.) scored her first career goal. The Spartans tied the game at 40:05 of the second, but that would be the only goal allowed by sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.). She finished with eight saves. A penalty corner in overtime led to Yale's game-winner, as a shot by junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) was deflected and senior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) knocked it in. Reese has nine career goals, and three of them have been game-winners.
Building on Last Season's Progress
The Bulldogs have improved their win total compared to the previous season in each of the past two years, and last year's total was the team's best since winning 11 in the 2011 Ivy League championship season. Eight players who started 12 or more games last year return, including the starting goalie and four of the top six goal-scorers.
Returning All-Ivy Honorees
Yale has a trio of players who earned All-Ivy League honors last year:
- Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) emerged as a second team All-Ivy League honoree last season, finishing second on the team in goals and tied for second in points (7-4-18). Both of those totals represented career highs.
- Sophomore forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland), who could also play midfield, made a smooth transition to the U.S. college level after developing in her native Scotland. She earned second team All-Ivy League honors, leading Yale in assists and tying for second in points (6-6-18).
- Sophomore Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) is coming off a first team All-Ivy League season, posting a .784 save percentage that ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League. She won a pair of team awards -- the Senior Award and the Amanda Walton Award -- in recognition of her work ethic and ability to overcome challenges.
Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) is Yale's captain. She brings 44 career games of experience into 2018, including 31 starts. She started all 17 games last season and earned the team's Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. Kisa will face her twin sister, Kristin, when Yale hosts Davidson on Sept. 30.
There are five different countries represented on Yale's roster. In addition to the 16 student-athletes from the United States, the Bulldogs have five internationals:
- Canada 2 (Alex MacKay, Alissa Wong)
- England 1 (Holly Jackson)
- Scotland 1 (Imogen Davies)
- South Africa 1 (Olivia Levieux)
Home Field Advantage
Yale plays 10 of its 17 games at home this season -- including three in a row to start the year. The Bulldogs are 8-4 in their last 12 games at Johnson Field.
Carol Roberts Field House
This season marks the debut of Yale's newest facility: Carol Roberts Field House. The building is the first of its kind at Yale -- a comprehensive space that meets the needs of two women's teams. Situated between Johnson Field (home to the Yale field hockey team) and 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot facility includes spacious locker rooms, a training room, a satellite coaches' office, a team meeting space and a second-story observation roof deck featuring a glass-walled event space.
The Bulldogs will dedicate Carol Roberts Field House on Alumnae Weekend (Sept. 28-30). Yale hosts Princeton that Friday and Davidson that Sunday.
The Yale Staff
Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, is in her 14th season at Yale's helm. Her staff includes one newcomer: Kristen O'Rourke, who brings eight years of coaching experience -- including roles with USA Field Hockey. The returning staff includes Jess Barnett and Mary Beth Barham '13.
Yale's home games, Ivy League road games, and select other games will be available on ESPN+ this year, except the Drexel game which will be on ESPN3. Links will be available on yalebulldogs.com for each game.
International viewers who cannot get ESPN+ can watch on the Yale portal presented by Stretch Internet.
Hofstra (1-3, 0-0 CAA) has dropped three in a row since opening the season with a 3-2 shootout win vs. Virginia Commonwealth. The Pride has been shut out in each of those three losses. Last year's meeting between Yale and Hofstra ended with a 5-2 Bulldogs win, as sophomore midfielder Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.) and sophomore forward/midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) scored their first career goals.
Drexel (3-1, 0-0 CAA), which plays Bryant at Brown on Friday, has won three in a row since falling to No. 7 Virginia in the season opener. The Dragons have outscored their last three opponents 14-3. Forward Tess Bernheimer, a second team all-region pick last year, leads the team in goals and points (3-1-7).
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity