Yale at No. 20 Harvard Friday 6:00 P.M.
Yale vs. Sacred Heart Sunday 1:00 P.M.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Ivy League season begins Friday for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs head to No. Harvard (6:00 p.m., ESPN+). They then return home to host Sacred Heart Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
Bulldogs Fall Twice in California
Yale (3-2, 0-0 Ivy League) was off to a 3-0 start (its best since 2010) before falling twice last weekend in California. The Bulldogs lost to No. 22 Stanford 5-0 on Friday and Cal 3-1 on Sunday. Sophomore forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored Yale's goal.
The trip to California, Yale's first since 2013, marked a homecoming for a trio of Bulldogs: sophomore midfielder Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.), senior midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.) and senior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
Terroso Racks Up Achievements
Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) made a season-high nine saves last Friday at No. 22 Stanford. Her career high is 17 saves, set last season vs. Harvard.
Terroso was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 3. She stopped 14 of the 18 shots she faced in Yale's three victories that week, posting a .778 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average.
Terroso was a first team All-Ivy League selection last season, when her .784 save percentage ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League. She is a member of Davenport College and a graduate of Dallastown Area High School. One of her club coaches, Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club, played field hockey at Yale.
Condie Consistent in Scoring
Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) scored at least one point in each of the first three games: one in the first game, two in the second game and three in the third game. Her six points for the season (2-2-6) place her second on the team.
Condie 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.
Davies is Top Scorer
Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) leads Yale in goals and points (3-1-7) and is tied for sixth in the league in points. She scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 win vs. Hofstra Sept. 7, including the game-winner.
Davies made a smooth transition to the U.S. college level after developing in her native Scotland. She earned second team All-Ivy League honors last year, leading Yale in assists and tying for second in points (6-6-18).
Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) is Yale's captain. She has 49 career games of experience, including 36 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 10-4 in their last 14 games at Johnson Field.
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 (nine) 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.
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. 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.
Harvard (5-1, 0-0 Ivy League) has suffered just one loss this season, 3-1 at then-No. 3 Maryland. The Crimson has won its other five games by a combined score of 19-3, including three shutouts. Harvard ranks ninth nationally in goals-against average (1.00) and in goals per game (3.33). Midfielder Bente van Vlijmen, a second team All-American last year, is seventh in the country in goals per game (1.17).
Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart (6-4, 0-0 NEC), which uses Yale's Johnson Field as its home field, has dropped two in a row after starting the season 6-2. The Pioneers faced a Yale field hockey alum earlier this year at Johnson, as Kiwi Comizio '18 played for Villanova in SHU's 2-1 win vs. the Wildcats. Comizio is now attending the Villanova School of Business and playing for the Wildcats as a grad student.
Forward/midfielder Colleen McAninley leads SHU in goals and points (4-3-11).
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity