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Bulldogs Fall to No. 23 Albany

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

Cain Makes 15 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Midfielders Jessica Longstreth and Corinne McConville each had a pair of goals as No. 23 Albany beat Yale 6-1 Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. Longstreth and midfielder Laura Page also had a pair of assists each, helping to overcome a 15-save effort by Yale junior goalkeeper Emily Cain.

Albany (10-7, 2-2 America East) scored four goals on penalty corners, including the first three of the game. That gave the Great Danes a 3-0 lead halfway through the first half before the Bulldogs got their first shot, as sophomore back Grace McInerney deflected a pass from freshman forward/midfielder Nicole Wells high over the Albany cage.

The Great Danes tacked on a penalty stroke goal by McConville, taking a 4-0 lead into halftime.

Yale (4-10, 1-4 Ivy League) held the Great Danes scoreless on four corners early in the second half, then got an unassisted goal from sophomore forward Jessie Accurso at 48:36 to get within 4-1. But any hopes of a comeback faded when Albany answered with a goal less than a minute later. Great Danes goalkeeper Kristi Troch then made her lone save of the day, denying senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham's shot on a penalty corner.

Longstreth capped the scoring with the Great Danes' sixth goal at the 66:13 mark.

The loss overshadowed a unique accomplishment for Yale sophomore goalkeeper Heather Schlesier. With the Bulldogs' roster depleted by injuries, head coach Pam Stuper sought to shake things up. Schlesier had been stuck behind Cain and had not seen much playing time in goal, but her hard work in practice earned her a chance to start the game Sunday in a different role -- as forward. Then, as the game wound down, Schlesier changed back into her goalie gear and played the final 11:17 in goal, making a pair of saves.

Yale's next game is next Saturday at Noon vs. Columbia.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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