October 28, 2012

Late Goals Power No. 15 BU Past Yale, 2-0

Cain Makes 12 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of goals in the final 17 minutes were all that separated the Yale field hockey team from the No. 15 team in the country Sunday, as BU claimed a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs hung with the Terriers thanks in large part to 12 saves from junior goalkeeper Emily Cain, but BU finally broke through with a penalty stroke goal at 53:46 and then added an insurance goal nine minutes later.

BU (12-6, 4-1 America East) had a decided edge in corners in the first half, 5-2, including three in a span of five minutes starting 10 minutes into the game. A pair of saves by Cain on the first one set the tone, and BU wound up scoreless on all of them.

Yale's best chance of the period came on a hard shot by junior midfielder Erica Borgo, who was coming off a five-point day in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win vs. Columbia. But BU keeper Jess Maroney made a kick save on that one, one of seven saves on the day for her.

Cain made one of her best saves of the day on a tricky backhand shot by forward Sofi Laurito with less than eight minutes to play in the first. A minute later, Cain came charging out to deny forward Rachel Coll.

"Emily Cain had an outstanding game," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "No question, she kept us in the game with some great saves."

A Yale corner 14 minutes into the second gave the Bulldogs a chance to take the lead, but Maroney stopped a shot by freshman back Molly Wolf and the attempted follow-up by senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham. Five minutes later, following a BU corner, a Yale player stopped a Terrier shot with her foot as the shot was heading into the goal. That gave back Kiley Allosso a penalty stroke, and she rifled it in to put the Terriers up 1-0 at 53:46.

Yale called timeout with 10:02 to play but could not muster any more Grade-A scoring chances. BU midfielder Macey Gaumond put the game out of reach with a goal at 62:32.

The Bulldogs have now played six of the teams currently ranked in the top 20, and the two-goal deficit Saturday was the closest they have come to knocking off one of those teams.

"This was definitely one of the best games we've played this year," said Stuper. "Building off yesterday's win, we were able to generate some attack against a very tough defense today. That's a tribute to how we're playing."

This was the final home game for Yale's Class of 2013, and the seniors -- Barham, back Lexy Adams, goalkeeper Ona McConnell and forward Maddy Sharp -- were saluted in a pregame ceremony. To date they have led Yale to 39 victories, the third-best total in school history. That includes second-place finishes in the Ivy League each of their first two years, and an Ivy League championship last year. They twice helped Yale set the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six. This class also beat Harvard four times, becoming the first class in school history to do so. They were a part of a nine-game winning streak, and helped Yale earn votes in the national polls in three seasons. They have also helped Yale earn the NFHCA National Academic Team Award each of the past three seasons.

Sunday's game will be shown via tape delay on CPTV Sports, a local television station, later this week.

Yale (5-11, 2-4 Ivy League) finishes its season next Saturday at Brown.

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

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