Penalty Corners Provide Edge in 3-0 Win for No. 11 Princeton

Kiwi Comizio. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kiwi Comizio. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three penalty corner goals ultimately proved to be the difference between No. 11 Princeton and Yale Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field, as the defending Ivy League field hockey champion Tigers topped the Bulldogs 3-0. Three different players scored for Princeton.

Yale (4-5, 0-2 Ivy League) survived a series of four Princeton penalty corners early in the first half, but the Tigers would take a 1-0 lead on a corner just 2:10 before the half as back Hailey Reeves deflected in her first goal of the season.

That capped a half in which Princeton outshot Yale 10-1 and had a 5-0 edge in corners. The second half was a different story – corners were even, 4-4, and the Tigers' shot advantage was only 9-8. But Princeton (6-3, 2-0 Ivy League) took advantage of two more corners to score at 44:28 (midfielder Maddie Bacskai) and 50:25 (midfielder Carlotta von Gierke), effectively putting the game out of reach.

Yale senior goalie Emilie Katz finished with 10 saves, and the Bulldogs' defensive effort was also highlighted by the work junior back Kiwi Comizio did in holding Tigers forward Ryan McCarthy without a goal. McCarthy, a second team All-Ivy League honoree last year, led the league in goals and points (6-4-16) entering the day.

"Today was a great team effort," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "This was some of the best hockey we have played in years. Princeton's defense made it difficult for us to get opportunities, but we finally broke through and got some chances near the end."

The Bulldogs also benefited from the presence of dozens of alums and their families Saturday as the team hosted its annual Alumnae Day.

"Having the alums here always means so much," said Stuper. "We know they have been watching the team religiously on-line, and giving them the chance to see us play the way Yale Field Hockey is capable of playing was important. The team felt their presence in the locker room, and knew the '12th man' was going to be on our side today."

Princeton had outshot Dartmouth 33-2 in its previous Ivy League game (a 4-0 win), so that puts Saturday's shot total (Princeton 19, Yale nine) in perspective.

Yale heads to Cornell for another Ivy League game next Saturday.

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