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Early Lead Holds up as Bulldogs Win 3-2 at Cal

Nicole Wells. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicole Wells. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wells, Schuckert and Borgo Score for Bulldogs

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Yale field hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field, then held on for a 3-2 win vs. Cal in the first game of the Bulldogs' West Coast trip. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells, senior midfielder Emily Schuckert and senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo scored Yale's goals. Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made a pair of saves for the win.

"This was a solid team effort, and for the most part we played a strong 70 minutes," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "[Freshman] Emmy Reinwald had a very good performance in the midfield. Overall this was a great road win, and the fact that the team was able to come all the way across the country to get a victory in the middle of the semester is a tribute to the players' preparation."

Yale's goals in the first half came in a span of less than two minutes late in the half, and both were due to penalty corners. Wells tipped in a shot by senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland at 29:14. Schuckert's goal at 30:52 came on a broken corner, as Holland fed her the ball and Schuckert put it on net before a Cal player inadvertently knocked it in.

Borgo's goal at 41:59 put Yale (4-6, 1-2 Ivy League) up by three, but Cal (4-8, 1-2 NorPac) would not go quietly. Shortly after a Cal shot hit the post, an unassisted goal by midfielder Laure Kruggel pulled the Golden Bears within 3-1 at 59:46.

With senior Emily Cain in goal for the final 6:56 of the game, Kruggel scored on a penalty stroke (awarded after a Yale player stopped a shot headed into the goal with her foot) to get Cal within one with 4:19 to play. That would be the final shot of the game, however. Cal pulled goalie Courtney Hendrickson for the final 12 seconds to bring in a kicking back, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.

Yale visits No. 13 Stanford on Sunday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity