BETHLEHEM, Pa. – This season the Yale field hockey team has been putting up some of its best offensive numbers in years, and Sunday's game at Lehigh fit right into that pattern. Behind four goals from senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough -- the most by a Yale player since 2011 -- the Bulldogs won 7-1. A pair of first-years, forward/midfielder Anissa Abboud and midfielder/forward Olivia Levieux, scored their first career goals, and their classmate Imogen Davies added her third goal of the season.
This equaled the most goals in a game for Yale since the Ivy League championship season of 2011, as the Bulldogs had also scored seven last year in a win vs. Dartmouth. It was no surprise that Middough was in the middle of it all; she is on pace to lead the team in goals and points for the third straight season, and Sunday's outburst lifted her into a tie for sixth on Yale's career goals list with 34 (tied with Anne Lehman '93) and sole possession of ninth on Yale's career points list with 73. She has already set a career high in goals with 11 and equaled her career high in points with 23 this year.
And she did it all on her birthday Sunday.
"She was on fire," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "She was enjoying it, it was her birthday, and she's a senior. Her play this year has been a matter of putting together a career of hard work. Her determination and commitment to the team has made her very effective. She is someone we rely on for goals when we need them, under pressure."
The last Yale player to score four goals in a game was Erin Carter '12, who scored four in a 6-0 win vs. Fairfield in 2011.
It was Abboud who got the scoring started, putting in a rebound at the 3:16 mark before Middough scored three times in a span of just over 17 minutes to give Yale (5-4, 0-2 Ivy League) a commanding 4-0 lead. Lehigh (2-9, 0-3 Patriot League) scored the first goal of the second half, but goals by Levieux, Middough and Davies put the game well out of reach. That was the second goal of the weekend for Davies, and first-years have now contributed six of the team's 26 goals.
"We knew from recruiting that Anissa and Liv were capable of scoring, and Imogen has already proved that she can score," said Stuper. "Anissa has had good opportunities, and was able to put one in to give us a great start today. Olivia came off the bench and scored on her only shot, a beautiful backhand."
Another first year, goalkeeper Sydney Terroso, made two saves as she picked up her fifth win of the season. Three Bulldogs had assists -- two for sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie and one each for junior midfielder/back Marissa Medici and senior midfielder/forward Katie Smith.
Condie is now third on the team in points (3-2-8).
"Not only do we look for Bridget to play strong defense in the midfield, but we also look for her to set up goal scoring opportunities," said Stuper.
The win was even more impressive considering that it came on the heels of a frustrating 3-2 loss at No. 16 Princeton Friday night, when the Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead until the Tigers scored twice in the final three minutes to pull out the win.
"Saturday was a good off day," said Stuper. "It was an opportunity to get out on the field and practice, a day to prepare for Lehigh. It's a tribute to this team that, every team they play, they prepare for and they respect. That approach has been a key to our success."
Yale returns to action next Saturday vs. Cornell. That game will be on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity