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Bulldogs Fall at MSU, End Trip with Split

Alex MacKay. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex MacKay. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Yale field hockey team finished its trip to Michigan with a split after falling 4-0 at Michigan State Sunday. The Bulldogs had opened the trip with a 2-0 win at Central Michigan Friday.

Michigan State (4-5, 0-1 Big Ten) led just 1-0 at halftime, but broke the game open with three goals between the 43:34 mark and the 46:50 mark.

"We played them hard, and aside from that three-and-a-half-minute stretch where they put up a three spot this would have been a close game," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We were battling."

Midfielder/back Makenzie Brown had a pair of goals for the Spartans, who got two saves from starting goalkeeper Mairi Fletcher and five from Katie Miller. Yale first-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made 10 saves.

"Sydney had a really good game," said Stuper. "She stopped everything she could have been expected to handle."

In addition to getting senior back Tess Thompson -- a native of Ann Arbor, Mich. -- the chance to play in her home state, the trip also provided Yale (3-2, 0-0 Ivy League) one last chance to work on some things before the first Ivy League game.

"We took an opportunity to play a Big 10 team and made the most of it," said Stuper. "Today we learned a lot about what we are capable of and what we need to improve."

The Bulldogs next host archrival Harvard Saturday, part of Alumnae Weekend and the celebration of the 45th anniversary of field hockey at Yale. The weekend will include a ceremony on Saturday commemorating the groundbreaking for Carol Roberts Field House, the new home of Yale Field Hockey and Yale Softball. The Harvard game will be on both the Ivy League Network and ESPN3.

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