Dartmouth Hangs on to Beat Yale 4-3

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

First Career Goal for Gogel

HANOVER, N.H. – Down 4-1 at halftime, the Yale field hockey team mounted a comeback that ultimately fell just short on Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth. The Bulldogs matched their season high in goals, but the Big Green held on for a 4-3 win.

Having played four of the top five teams in the country in the last six games, goals had been hard to come by for Yale (3-8, 1-3 Ivy League). But after Dartmouth took a lead 10 minutes in on a goal by forward Sam Anderson, junior forward Brooke Gogel answered for the Bulldogs -- and added another chapter to her comeback story. She scored the first goal of her career to knot the game 1-1, deflecting in a pass from junior forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert.

For Gogel, who played six games as a freshman before being sidelined by an injury that cost her all of her sophomore season, Saturday's tally was a fitting reward for the work she has put in to get back on the field.

"Brooke is using her athleticism and her game sense to make the most of her minutes," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "It was nice to see her get that goal."

But Dartmouth (7-5, 3-1 Ivy League) reeled off three goals in a span of five minutes late in the first half to take a commanding 4-1 lead into halftime.

After being outshot 9-2 in the first half, the Bulldogs made a dramatic improvement in the second half. On their way to outshooting Dartmouth 7-6 in the second, Yale got goals from sophomore forward Jessie Accurso and junior midfielder Erica Borgo (assisted by Accurso) to close within 4-3 with more than 12 minutes to play.

"Jessie played really well, getting a goal and an assist," said Stuper. "She really impacted the game the way that she is capable of."

But the comeback got no closer, as goalie Ellen Meyer (four saves) finished off the win for the Big Green after coming on in relief of Jenna Stearns (one save) at halftime. Yale junior Emily Cain finished with four saves.

"We just didn't play well defensively in the first half," said Stuper. "We allowed Dartmouth to beat us to 50-50 balls, and we were back on our heels. We made some adjustments at halftime and came back attacking, more aggressive."

Yale finishes its swing through New England with a game at Vermont Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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