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Yale Hosts Cornell for “Get a Grip” Game Saturday, Travels to QU Sunday

Yale's game Saturday will be a fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.
Yale's game Saturday will be a fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.

Fundraiser for Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Saturday at Johnson Field

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team hosts Cornell on Saturday, then travels to Quinnipiac on Sunday. Saturday is the team's annual "Get a Grip" game, a fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of former Yale goalkeeper Ona McConnell '13, who has the disease.

There is currently no cure for myotonic dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The goals of the Yale field hockey team's "Get a Grip" campaign are:

  • Raise awareness
  • Fundraise for research
  • Support Ona and others with this disease

The team will accept donations for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation at the game, and all who donate will receive a Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation wristband.

McConnell made her varsity debut in the 2010 Get a Grip campaign launch game, a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart. She appeared in a total of five games for her career and won Yale field hockey's Amanda Walton Award for overcoming challenges twice.

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF), where McConnell serves on the board of directors, exists to enhance the quality of life of people living with myotonic dystrophy, and to maximize research efforts focused on finding treatments and a cure for this disease, through community support, education, advocacy and research. The MDF Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee is comprised of leading experts in the field of myotonic dystrophy and muscle research.

Additional information on the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation may be found at

Yale (2-5, 0-2 Ivy League) is coming off a 2-0 loss at No. 11 Princeton. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to seven shots on goal, resulting in Princeton's smallest margin of victory in an Ivy League game since Oct. 1, 2011. The Tigers had outscored their opponents 71-4 in their last 12 Ivy League games, averaging nearly six goals per game.

Despite being shut out last Friday, the Bulldogs still have some of the top offensive performers in the Ivy League. Senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), leads the league in assists (six) and senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) (five) is tied for second. Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) leads the league in shots (35). Defensively, senior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) is third in save percentage (.761). She and junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) have been splitting time in goal for the Bulldogs.

Yale has gone 20-10 in Ivy League games since the start of the 2009 season, and six of those 10 league losses have been by one goal. During that stretch Yale is 3-1 against Cornell, with the lone loss coming last season -- 1-0 in overtime.

Cornell (3-4, 1-1 Ivy League) has seen its last three games decided by one goal each: a 4-3 loss at Penn, a 3-2 win vs. Columbia and a 2-1 loss to Drexel in double overtime. Midfielder/forward Hannah Balleza leads the team in points (3-2-8) and is tied for the team lead in goals. Goalie Carolyn Horner has a .684 save percentage and a 2.48 goals-against average. Balleza and Horner were both second team All-Mideast Region and first team All-Ivy League selections last season.

Quinnipiac (5-5, 0-0 MAAC) is 3-1 on its home turf this season, winning the last three games in a row -- by a combined score of 14-1 -- against Vermont, St. Joseph's and Holy Cross. Forward Kristin Engelke leads the team in scoring (5-5-15). Megan Conaboy has played every minute in goal, posting a .688 save percentage and a 2.90 goals-against average. Those two were both first team All-NEC selections last season.


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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity