NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The talent in Yale's first-year class was on full display Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, as midfielder Théodora Dillman scored a pair of goals and back Katie Pieterse scored the game-winner -- her first career goal -- in the Bulldogs' 3-1 win vs. Quinnipiac. Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made seven saves for the win.
All five of Yale's first years saw action in this game. Dillman and Pieterse were joined by forward Kelly Dolan, back Laine Garber and midfielder Alissa Wong (who, like Dillman, has started every game she has played).
"We knew we had a talented class," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "But it's another thing to come in here, transition well as an athlete in your first semester and contribute to the team. The first years have come in and done that."
Dillman's two goals give her five for the year, second on the team. The first came off an assist by junior midfielder Bridget Condie on a penalty corner at 20:10 -- Yale's third corner goal of the weekend.
"We started off strong on corners this year," said Stuper. "Then we hit a lull where we weren't getting many of them and weren't converting the ones we did get. The diligence the players have shown, working day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out, is paying off."
Terroso held the shutout until the 51:49 mark, when Quinnipiac (4-9, 1-4 Big East) tied the game on a goal by forward Brooke Whipkey.
In a 4-3 win at Dartmouth Saturday, Yale responded quickly after the Big Green tied the game 2-2 -- the Bulldogs went back ahead three minutes later. Against QU Sunday, Yale's response to the game-tying goal also came quickly. After an initial shot by forward Camille Scheyer was blocked, Pieterse knocked the ball in for a 2-1 lead less than six minutes after Whipkey's goal.
Normally a back, Pieterse has been seeing time up front and providing a spark for the Bulldog attack.
"Katie's very versatile," said Stuper. "She can play on any line. Our needs right now are on the front line and in the midfield, where she's been very effective. It's a lot to ask of a first year, but she has handled it well. She was a scorer in high school, so it's no surprise that she's able to do that here."
Eight minutes after Pieterse's goal, Dillman put the game out of reach by one-timing a cross from senior forward Brooke Reese at the 65:37 mark. Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies set the play up with a nice drive down the right side of the field.
Yale is now 12-6 in the last 18 games at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs host Penn next Saturday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity