Yale Rallies, but Hofstra Wins in OT 4-3
Two Goals for Holland
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Yale field hockey team rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final nine minutes to force overtime Sunday afternoon at Hofstra. But Pride forward Jonel Boileau had the final say on this day, scoring her third goal of the game at the 75:08 mark to give Hofstra the 4-3 win. This was the second straight season that the Pride edged Yale by a goal, with Boileau getting the winner each time.
Yale (1-3, 0-0 Ivy League) took a 1-0 lead just 1:03 into the game on a penalty corner, with senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland firing in a shot after senior midfielder Emily Schuckert made the stick stop on the insertion by senior forward Erica Borgo.
Hofstra (3-4, 0-0 CAA) controlled play for most of the remainder of the first half, including six penalty corners to just one for the Bulldogs. In addition to shutting down all those corners, Yale senior goalkeeper Emily Cain also had to make a nice kick save on a shot by Boileau on a breakaway. It appeared Yale would keep the one-goal lead into halftime, but with 2:21 to play Boileau scored on a diving deflection, knocking in a pass from forward/midfielder Lauren Del Valle in transition.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier came on to play the second half. Shortly after another corner for the Pride, Boileau grabbed a loose ball in the circle and slipped it in to give Hofstra the 2-1 lead at 39:09.
The Pride scored another goal off a deflection with 17:04 left in the game, as forward/midfielder Stella Schoen's shot was deflected in by forward Claudia Marin Samper.
Schlesier later made a great kick save on a shot by Schoen during a breakaway, but right after that Hofstra goalie Kaitlyn De Turo answered with a spectacular play of her own. She came far out of the cage to deny a chance by junior forward Jessie Accurso on a breakaway with 11 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs kept up the attack, though, and again capitalized on a penalty corner to get within one with 8:22 left. A give-and-go off the insertion enabled Schuckert to feed Holland for another goal. Yale got another corner less than two minutes later, but junior back Megan Kirkham's shot was knocked away by Hofstra defender/midfielder Gillian Kirkpatrick.
Schuckert drew a crucial penalty corner for Yale with 1:50 to play. Borgo inserted directly to Holland, whose line-drive shot was deflected in by Borgo to tie the game 3-3.
Yale started the overtime down a player due to a green card late in the second half. Still, the Bulldogs had the first Grade-A scoring chance of the extra session. Accurso made a great play to chase down a loose ball and set up Borgo, but De Turo disrupted the play. The Bulldogs kept the ball down in Hofstra territory and drew a corner, but could not get off a shot.
Boileau later drove in from the left side to score the game-winner with 9:52 left in overtime.
Cain finished with four saves, while Schlesier made three. De Turo had seven stops.
"We didn't put together a complete effort, from start to finish, today," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "There were individual moments of brilliance, but we didn't play well enough as a team to get the win."
Yale hosts Harvard next Saturday as part of Alumnae Weekend.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity