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Rivalries in Focus as Bulldogs Host No. 5 Princeton, Davidson

(photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale vs. No. 5 Princeton Friday 6:00 P.M.

Yale vs. Davidson Sunday 12:00 P.M.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
A pair of rivalries will be in the spotlight this weekend at Johnson Field as the Yale field hockey teams hosts Princeton Friday (6:00 p.m., ESPN+) and Davidson Sunday (12:00 p.m., ESPN+). While Friday's matchup pits the Bulldogs against their long-time Ivy rivals from New Jersey, Sunday's is more personal -- Yale's captain, senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) will be facing her twin sister, Davidson forward/midfielder Kristin Kisa. Adding to the festivities, this is Alumnae Weekend and on Friday Yale will dedicate its new facility, Carol Roberts Field House.

Bulldogs Split Weekend

Yale (4-3, 0-1 Ivy League) dropped its Ivy League opener at No. 12 Harvard 6-0 last Friday, but bounced back with a 2-1 overtime win vs. Sacred Heart at Johnson Field Sunday. After falling behind 1-0 shortly before halftime, the Bulldogs evened the score with a penalty corner goal from sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) at 45:47. First year midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.) scored the game-winner at 71:57. Dillman is now tied for second on the team in goals, one of three players with two.

Terroso Racks Up Achievements

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) matched her season high in saves with nine last Friday at No. 12 Harvard. 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 seven points for the season (2-3-7) 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 (4-1-9). She scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 win vs. Hofstra Sept. 7, including the game-winner. She is shooting a team-best .500.

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).

Kisa vs. Kisa

Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), Yale's captain, will face her twin sister on Sunday -- Davidson forward/midfielder Kristin Kisa. The twins played together in high school, leading Princess Anne to a state championship in 2014.

Jackie has 51 career games of experience, including 38 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.

International Bulldogs

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:

Home Field Advantage

Yale plays 10 of its 17 games at home this season. The Bulldogs are 11-4 in their last 15 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 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.

Viewing Options

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.

Scouting No. 5 Princeton

No. 5 Princeton (6-3, 1-0 Ivy League) opened Ivy League play with a 3-0 win vs. Dartmouth last Saturday. The Tigers outshot the Big Green 22-3 and did not allow a shot on goal. Their three losses this season have all been by one goal and to nationally ranked teams.

Scouting Davidson

Davidson (3-5, 1-0 A-10), which plays at UMass Friday, has been shut out three times this season. The Wildcats split two game last weekend, falling to Longwood 4-1 Friday before topping Saint Louis 2-1 on Sunday. Forward/midfielder Kristin Kisa, twin sister of Yale senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), scored both goals in the win vs. Saint Louis -- including the game-winner at 66:22.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity