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Yale Seeks 10th Win Saturday at Brown

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

Yale at Brown Saturday 12:30 P.M.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team has improved its win total compared to the previous season in each of the past two years, a trend the Bulldogs can continue with a win Saturday in the season finale. A victory at Brown (12:30 p.m., ESPN+) would be Yale's 10th of the season, marking the first time since the 2011 Ivy League Championship season that the team has reached double digits in wins.

Bulldogs Top Columbia in Senior Day Thriller

Yale (9-7, 3-3 Ivy League) earned a memorable 2-1 shootout win vs. Columbia last Saturday in the final home game of the season. The day started with the Bulldogs paying tribute to their four seniors -- goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.), forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)  and back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.). It ended with four first-years representing the Bulldogs in the shootout. Three of them scored goals, including the game-winner from first-year back Katie Pieterse (Ridgefield, Conn.). Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) made 11 saves, stopping all three Columbia shots in the shootout.

Spreading the Wealth

Yale's nine game-winning goals this season have come from eight different players, with at least one in each class:

Pieterse is the lone Bulldog with more than one game-winner; she has two.

Class of 2019

Saturday marks the final game for Yale's senior class -- goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.), forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)  and back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.). Since joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2015, the seniors have been a part of 28 wins. They have also helped Yale Field Hockey earn the NFHCA National Academic Team Award each of the past three seasons. The team was just 3-14 in their first season, and has now won seven or more games each season since.

Captain Kisa

Senior Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), Yale's captain, has been one of the Bulldogs' top backs throughout her career. She has 60 career games played and 46 career starts. Last season, she received the team's Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. This season, she had the opportunity to play against her twin sister Kristin when Yale hosted Davidson at Johnson Field. She is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major in Jonathan Edwards College.

Terroso Defensive Player of the Week Again

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) has been playing some of her best hockey of late and earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors this past week -- the third time this season she has won that award.

Terroso tied her season high with 11 saves in Yale's 2-1 shootout win vs. Columbia. She stopped all three Lion shooters in the shootout. Her career high is 17 saves, set last season vs. Harvard.

Terroso has allowed one goal or less in five of her last seven appearances and has stopped at least 75 percent of the shots she has faced seven times in the last eight games. She earned her first shutout of the season at Cornell on Oct. 6. 

Terroso was also named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 8. She helped the Bulldogs go 2-0 that week, totaling 18 saves -- including a season-high 11 in the 4-3 win at Dartmouth Oct. 13.

Terroso was also 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 and is the mother of her Yale teammate, first year midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.).

Condie Leads in Scoring

Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) is tied for first on the team in goals and leads the team in points (6-5-17). That includes eight points (3-2-8) in the last five games. She 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.

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 Among Top Scorers

Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is tied for the team lead in goals and is second in points (6-3-15). She scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 win vs. Hofstra Sept. 7, including the game-winner. Among the players with nine or more shots, she has the best shooting percentage (.333).

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).

First Year Impact

Yale's first-year class -- midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.), forward Kelly Dolan (Hamden, Conn.), back Laine Garber (Downingtown, Pa.), back Katie Pieterse (Ridgefield, Conn.) and midfielder Alissa Wong (West Vancouver, B.C.) -- has already made an impact on the team. They have totaled 63 games played and 35 starts, with Dillman (16 starts) and Wong (15 starts) leading the way. The class has accounted for 10 goals -- including three game-winners -- five assists and 52 shots. Dillman is tied for the team lead with six goals. This past Saturday in shootout win vs. Columbia all four of Yale's shooters were first years, with Pieterse getting the game-winning goal for the 2-1 win.

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 played 10 of its 17 games at home this season, including four of the last five. The Bulldogs are 14-7 in their last 21 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.

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 Brown

Brown (7-9, 1-5 Ivy League) has won three of its last four, including shutouts of Cornell and Holy Cross. The Bears are 4-3 at Goldberger Field, and topped Yale 4-3 when these two teams last met there (Nov. 5, 2016). The Bulldogs won 4-0 at Johnson Field last year, getting four saves from sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.).

Forward Gina Openshaw leads Brown in goals with eight, and goalie Katie Hammaker has a .752 save percentage.

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