September 9, 2013

Empire State Visit for Bulldogs this Weekend

Yale at No. 13 Albany Saturday, Hofstra Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team heads to the state of New York this weekend for the first road games of 2013, as the Bulldogs visit No. 13 Albany Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Hofstra Sunday (3:00 p.m.).

Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) opened its season last weekend at Johnson Field, falling to then-No. 7 Virginia 6-1 Friday but bouncing back to beat Sacred Heart 6-0 Saturday. Senior forward Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) took the early lead in scoring, tallying two goals and an assist. Five other players scored goals, including the first career goal for freshman midfielder Kelsey Nolan (Lancaster, Pa.) -- who scored on her first collegiate shot.

Senior Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) and junior Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) split time in goal for the Bulldogs, allowing three goals each Friday and combining for the shutout Saturday. Cain totaled nine saves for the weekend, while Schlesier made 11. Yale also got some help defensively from senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and freshman back Steffi Katz (Newtown, Mass.), who each made defensive saves.

Garcia and Holland are two of the four New York natives on Yale's roster; the others are senior forward Brooke Gogel (Bronxville, N.Y.) and sophomore back Molly Wolf (Endwell, N.Y.).

Albany (3-0, 0-0 America East) has outscored its first three opponents 15-1, including a 3-0 win over Yale's Ivy League rival Cornell this past Sunday. The Great Danes have outshot their opponents 67-8 and have a 30-4 advantage in penalty corners. Forward Liza Morgan leads the team in scoring with five goals, while goalkeeper Maxi Primus has a .800 save percentage and a 0.43 goals-against average. Primus, a German, is one of six international students on Albany's roster.

The Great Danes feature the 2012 America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Voormolen, a forward from the Netherlands, as well as two-time first team All-America East selection Corrine McConville, a defender.

En route to earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament last year Albany beat Yale 6-1, despite 15 saves from Cain. The Great Danes outshot Yale 35-3 and had a 16-1 edge in corners. Junior forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) scored the Bulldogs' lone goal.

Saturday's game at Albany is part of a doubleheader that also includes Rutgers playing Siena at 3:30 p.m.

Hofstra (2-3, 0-0 CAA) plays Rider Friday before hosting Yale. The Pride beat the Bulldogs 1-0 last year, despite a 21-12 edge in shots for Yale. Kaitlyn De Turo made seven saves to lead the Pride to victory. Forward Jonel Boileau scored the game's only goal.

Midfielder/forward Stella Schoen leads Hofstra in goals and points (5-2-12). Schoen, a German, is one of seven international students on Hofstra's roster.

De Turo, who attended the same high school as Holland (Ward Melville), has a .714 save percentage and a 2.80 goals-against average.

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

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