YALE at QUINNIPIAC FRIDAY 3:00 P.M.
YALE at HOFSTRA SUNDAY 2:00 P.M.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first road trip of the season for the Yale field hockey team takes place this Friday, as the Bulldogs make the short ride up I-91 to Hamden to play at Quinnipiac (3:00 p.m., Quinnipiac All-Access). The Bulldogs are back on the road Sunday, playing at Hofstra (2:00 p.m., Pride Productions audio).
YALE OPENS WITH WIN
Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) opened the 2017 season with a 6-2 win vs. Sacred Heart last Saturday at Johnson Field. That was the most goals in a game for the Bulldogs since a 7-4 win at Dartmouth Oct. 15, 2016. Senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) had a hat trick and an assist, scoring the first two goals of the season for Yale. Junior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calf.) also scored, and now has seven career goals on 13 career shots (a .538 shooting percentage). Sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore midfielder/back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England) also scored for Yale. That was Jackson's first career goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) made six saves on eight shots in her varsity debut.
A SEASON OF PROGRESS
The 2016 season was marked by dramatic progress for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs more than doubled their win total from the previous season. They also increased their goal scoring by a whopping 75 percent while decreasing their goals allowed by 13 percent. With those positive trends in place, eight players who started 11 or more games for Yale in 2016 remain on the roster for 2017. Those players -- along with seven other returnees and six talented incoming freshmen -- give the Bulldogs reason to believe they can make more strides in 2017.
MIDDOUGH AN ALL-IVY RETURNEE
Senior forward Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) was a second team All-Ivy League selection last season, when she led the team in goals and points (10-3-23) for the second year in a row. Middough achieved career highs in all three scoring categories last year, and factored in 37 percent (13 of 35) of the team's goals. One of the team's top options on attack penalty corners, Middough can play forward or midfield.
Middough opened the 2017 season with three goals and an assist in the 6-2 win vs. Sacred Heart, earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors in the process. That was her first career hat trick.
CLASS OF 2021
Yale welcomes six freshmen to the roster for the 2017 season. The group comes from six different high schools and three different U.S. states, along with one from Scotland and one from South Africa.
Two freshmen, Anissa Abboud (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Sarah King (Davidsonville, Md.), could play forward or midfield. Abboud set the school records for goals in a season and a career at Liberty High School, where she also helped the team set the school record for wins in a season. King was named Player of the Year by both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post last year after captaining her team to a win in the Maryland Class 4A State Championship.
The freshmen class adds greatly to Yale's midfield depth -- and international flavor, with three different countries represented at that position. Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.) is a three-time National Futures Championship selection who served as captain of the Moorpark club team for three seasons. Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) has played for Scotland's U16 and U18 teams, while also captaining the team at St. Columba's School. Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa), who could also play forward, was captain of the Gauteng (state) team in South Africa twice, and captain of her team at St. Stithians' Girls' College as well.
Freshman goalie Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) brings impressive credentials to New Haven, having been a first team all-league selection for the last two years at Dallastown Area High School. She set her school's record for shutouts in a season and helped the team to league and county championships all four years of her career, including an undefeated record this past season.
Senior back Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.), elected captain by her teammates, started all 51 games of her career prior to this year and was a second team All-Ivy pick last year. She earned Yale's Player of the Year Award, finishing second in the league and first on the team in assists with a career-high nine. She was also an NFHCA National Academic Squad for the third straight season.
PAM STUPER, YALE'S CAROLINE RUTH THOMPSON '02 HEAD COACH OF FIELD HOCKEY
Pam Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been a part of four NCAA championship teams, is in her 13th year as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Yale's assistant coaches are Mary Beth Barham '13 and Jess Barnett.
Stuper led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 -- the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs in recent years under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. They went 24-11 in the Ivy League in the five seasons from 2009 through 2013, the second-best record in the league in that span. Yale finished the 2011 season with a school-record 69 goals, marking the sixth straight season the Bulldogs increased their goal total over the previous year.
COMING SOON: CAROL ROBERTS FIELD HOUSE
The Yale Athletic Department broke ground on its newest facility, Carol Roberts Field House, in August. Carol Roberts Field House is the first building of its kind at Yale -- a comprehensive space that meets the needs of two women's teams. Situated between Johnson Field (home to the Yale field hockey team) and William O. DeWitt '63 Family Field (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot building will include spacious locker rooms, a training room, a satellite coaches' office, a team meeting space and a second-story observation roof deck featuring a glass-walled event space.
Carol Roberts '81 provided the lead gift for the field house. Roberts played field hockey and softball for the Bulldogs, winning a pair of Ivy League championships. Following graduation she joined International Paper, where she served as a senior vice president. She is active as a member of the Yale Field Hockey Association board, and in 2009, she received the Yale Athletics George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.
YALE HONORS THIS SEASON
- Sept. 4: Carol Middough, Ivy League Player of the Week
Quinnipiac (0-4, 0-0 Big East) is still seeking its first win overall and its first win at the new Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex. The Bobcats opened the season with losses on the road to a pair of ranked teams -- 6-1 to No. 12 Boston College and 3-1 to No. 24 Maine. Back in Hamden, they lost to Northeastern 2-1 and Holy Cross 2-0.
Goalie Livy Golini has a .683 save percentage and a 3.25 goals-against average. Three different players have scored goals and three other players have assists for the Bobcats. Defender Lauren Belskie leads the team in shots with seven.
Quinnipiac edged Yale 3-2 in overtime in the season finale last year.
Yale topped Hofstra 4-2 last season, buoyed by a 4-1 start in the game's first 23:38. That included goals from four different players -- senior midfielder/forward Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), junior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Danee Fitzgerald '17 and senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.).
Hofstra (2-3, 0-0 CAA) has dropped two in a row after starting the season 2-1. The Pride hosts Quinnipiac on Saturday.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity