Two Goals for Middough
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a dramatic run of four goals in just over five minutes early in the second half, the Yale field hockey team seized control of what had been a scoreless game against Georgetown Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. And while the Hoyas eventually recovered to score a pair of late goals, it was not enough to prevent the Bulldogs from coming away with a 4-2 win. Junior forward/midfielder Carol Middough led the way by scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner.
It was just a week ago that a four-goal first half had propelled Yale (4-2, 0-0 Ivy League) to a 4-2 win vs. Hofstra. This time, the offensive outburst came in the second half. The first 35 minutes were marked by a series of missed opportunities for the Bulldogs, as they had 17 shots and nine shots on goal but could not come up with any goals. The closest call came with less than 20 minutes to play in the half when a blast by Middough hit the crossbar and bounced out.
Ironically, a call against Yale may have been one of the plays that turned the game in the Bulldogs' favor. The Hoyas had played Middough physically throughout the game. But late in the first half it was Middough who was issued a green card, sending her to the sideline for the end of that half and the start of the second. Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, took advantage of that opportunity to encourage the Bulldogs' top scorer to find a positive way to respond to the setback.
"Georgetown was playing her very aggressively," said Stuper. "That was something she had to battle through. I said to her [after the green card], 'You know how you answer that -- go out there and score.'"
A highly motivated Middough did just that, reeling off a pair of goals in a span of just 2:03 shortly after returning to the field. The first came off a pass from freshman forward/midfielder Bridget Condie at 38:09, as Middough rifled a backhand shot past Hoyas goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki. The next came off a pass from junior back Kiwi Comizio; Middough was at a tough angle on the right side of the circle yet still found a way to deposit one into the far side of the cage at 40:12.
The second goal prompted a timeout by Georgetown, but that did not slow the Bulldogs down. Sophomore forward Allie Carrigan had a goal waved off at with 29:17 to play (she was ruled to have shot from outside the circle), but she answered in the best way possible – by scoring 15 seconds later. Once again Condie initiated the play, sending the ball high toward the goal. Carrigan somehow got her stick on the ball in mid-air to deflect it past Skonecki.
"We had sent a video clip of a goal like that, scored by Maryland, to our team about a week ago," said Stuper. "I said 'This looks like something Tuna [Carrigan] would do'. It just shows what she's capable of -- she's got that great hand-eye coordination."
The remarkable stretch continued when sophomore forward Brooke Reese fed senior forward Danee Fitzgerald in front for Fitzgerald's third goal in the last three games. That made it 4-0 Yale at the 43:45 mark, a deficit that would prove too much for Georgetown (2-6, 0-1 Big East). The Hoyas got goals from midfielder Michaela Bruno and forward Lindsay Getz in the final eight minutes to make the final score 4-2. Senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz finished with one save for Yale, while Skonecki made 13.
"Those goals by Carol were a great way to start the second half, and the way the team responded after that was awesome," said Stuper. "We gained momentum and kept it going."
The win gives Thompson family bragging rights to Yale back Tess Thompson, whose sister Molly is a senior back for the Hoyas.
Yale opens Ivy League play next Friday night at Harvard.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity