NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team heads west in search of a pair of wins this weekend, visiting Cornell Saturday (12:00 p.m., ESPN+) and Bucknell Sunday (3:00 p.m., Patriot League Network).
Bulldogs Drop Two at Home
Yale (4-5, 0-2 Ivy League) had been unbeaten in five straight home games heading into last weekend, but No. 5 Princeton ended that streak with a 5-0 win last Friday. After allowing an early goal, the Bulldogs held the Tigers scoreless for nearly 27 minutes, but Princeton eventually put the game out of reach with in a span of four goals in just under 26 minutes. The Bulldogs then fell 2-1 to Davidson on Sunday, with sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) scoring Yale's only goal.
Terroso Racks Up Achievements
Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) matched her season high in saves with nine last Friday vs. No. 5 Princeton, the third time this season she has made that many saves. 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.
Davies is Top Scorer
Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) leads Yale in goals and points (5-1-11). 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 .455.
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).
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.
Kisa vs. Kisa
Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), Yale's captain, faced her twin sister last Sunday -- Davidson forward/midfielder Kristin Kisa. The twins played together in high school, leading Princess Anne to a state championship in 2014. Both saw extensive action in Sunday's game, a 2-1 Wildcats win.
Jackie has 53 career games of experience, including 39 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.
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. The Bulldogs are 11-6 in their last 17 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, which was dedicated in a special ceremony on Sept. 28, 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.
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.
Cornell (2-7, 0-2 Ivy League), which edged Yale 3-2 last season, has dropped four of its last five games and been held to one goal or less four times in that span. The Big Red is 2-1 at home. Goalie Maddie Henry is second in the Ivy League in saves per game (6.75) and third in save percentage (.730).
Bucknell (6-4, 2-0 Patriot League), which hosts American on Saturday, has already beaten one Ivy League team this season -- Cornell, 5-0. The Bison topped Yale 3-2 last season, scoring a pair of goals midway through the second half to overcome a 2-1 Bulldog lead. Forward Brittany Willwerth leads the team in scoring (7-3-17), and goalie Olivia Harris has a .738 save percentage and 1.66 goals-against average.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity