Gogel Game-Winner Lifts Yale Past Vermont in OT, 3-2

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

Second Goal in as Many Days for Junior Forward

HANOVER, N.H. – Down 2-1 late in the game Sunday afternoon at Vermont, the Yale field hockey team fought back to tie the score on a goal by senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham with 27 seconds left. The Bulldogs' heroics then continued in overtime, with junior forward Brooke Gogel scoring the game-winner at 2:40. It was the second goal of the weekend for Gogel, who scored her first career goal Saturday at Dartmouth.

With six goals, this weekend marks the Bulldogs' best two-day offensive output of the season. After coming up one goal short in a 4-3 loss at Dartmouth Saturday, Yale (4-8, 1-3 Ivy League) took an early lead Sunday when junior midfielder Erica Borgo scored an unassisted goal 2:21 in.

Vermont (1-13, 0-3 America East) tied it 20 minutes late on a penalty corner goal by midfielder/defender Sally Snickenberger.

The score would remain 1-1 for more than 40 minutes, as junior goalie Emily Cain (five saves) dueled Vermont keeper Stephanie Zygmunt (15 saves). The Catamounts broke through first, with midfielder Whitlee Burghardt scoring at 66:38 to make it 2-1 Vermont.

Yale peppered Zygmunt with 11 shots on goal in the second half, but it wasn't until the final minute that they were able to get one past her. Off a penalty corner, freshman back Molly Wolf sent a shot toward the left post and Barham was able to deflect it in to tie the game in dramatic fashion.

Gogel's game-winner in overtime came when she and freshman forward/midfielder Nicole Wells worked a give-and-go to perfection while catching Vermont in transition. With Zygmunt charging out of to try to shut down the angle for a shot, Wells sent the ball over to Gogel. Gogel tapped it into the empty net for the victory.

Yale hosts Penn next Saturday (12:00) for Alumnae Day, part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of field hockey at Yale.

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