Bulldogs Seek Second Win in a Row
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – En route to winning 11 games last season, the Yale field hockey team showed a propensity for winning in decisive fashion. Seven of those victories were by three or more goals. Among the handful of "close calls" the Bulldogs had was a 5-3 win at Hofstra -- the first win of the 2011 season. Those same teams meet again this Saturday at Johnson Field (1:00 p.m.)
Yale (1-1) got out to a 4-0 lead in last year's game against the Pride, but things got a little too close for comfort when Hofstra scored twice in a span of just over 10 minutes midway through the second half. Junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) scored Yale's fifth goal, giving the Bulldogs a bigger cushion to work with, and they held on for the win behind 10 saves from junior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.).
With four of the top six scorers from last year's team lost to graduation, the Bulldogs will clearly need scoring from some new sources this year. They got that in Sunday's 3-2 win over Quinnipiac, as freshmen forward/midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and back Molly Wolf (Endwell, N.Y.) scored their first career goals. Borgo also scored, and junior forward Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) had a pair of assists. Cain made six saves to move her season total to 21.
Hofstra (3-1) has lost just once this season, 3-1 to No. 19 Albany. The Pride has outscored its opponents 10-1 in the second half. Forward Jonel Boileau leads the team in scoring (6-1-13), while goalie Kaitlyn De Turo has an .833 save percentage and a 1.25 goals-against average.
Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Senior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The Bulldogs are taking pledges for a season-long "Goal-a-thon" as part of their "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.yalebulldogs.com/getagrip
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity