Final Two Road Games in Stretch of Five
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A stretch of five straight road games for the Yale field hockey team comes to an end this weekend, with the Bulldogs visiting Dartmouth for an Ivy League game Saturday and Vermont for a non-league game Sunday.
Yale (3-7, 1-2 Ivy League) is coming off a 4-0 loss at No. 5 Virginia. Since Sept. 16 the Bulldogs have played four teams in the top five in the country right now, including the Cavaliers along with No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 UConn and No. 4 Princeton.
Junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) remains Yale's leading scorer (2-1-5), and is coming off a strong defensive performance in which she helped limit a U.S. Olympian, Virginia midfielder Michelle Vitesse, to just two shots and no points this past Saturday. Besides Borgo senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) is the only other Bulldog with multiple goals (2-0-4).
Yale's 5-2 win over Dartmouth last season, which lifted the Bulldogs into a tie for first place en route to their first Ivy League title since 1980, was highlighted by a hat trick from junior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.). But the most spectacular goal came from sophomore forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.), whose diving, one-handed effort to get to a ball in transition and knock it past the Big Green goalie enabled Yale to grab a 2-1 lead late in the first half; it wound up being the game-winning goal. Junior goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) made 13 saves for the win.
Dartmouth (6-5, 2-1 Ivy League) had a five-game winning streak snapped this past Sunday against No. 2 North Carolina. The Big Green had allowed just two goals in the three games prior to the meeting with the Tar Heels, but UNC ran away for a 6-0 win. Defender/midfielder Lisa Masini leads Dartmouth in points (6-3-15), though defender Liz Blanken has generated the most shots (28) and shots on goal (17). Masini was a second team All-Northeast region and second team All-Ivy League selection last year, leading the Ancient Eight with 18 assists. Goalkeeping duties have been split between Ellen Meyer (.672 save percentage, 3.21 goals-against average) and Jenna Stearns (.705, 2.73).
Vermont (1-11, 0-2 America East) snapped an eight-game losing streak Sept. 23 by shutting out Siena 1-0, but the Catamounts have lost three in a row since then. They visit New Hampshire on Friday before the Bulldogs come to town. Midfielder Alana Izzo (3-3-9) and midfielder/defender Kelsey Bonner (4-1-9) are tied for the team lead in points. Stephanie Zygmunt has a .724 save percentage and a 3.57 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity