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Corner Unit Shines in 4-1 Win vs. Bryant

Imogen Davies celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Imogen Davies celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a busy and productive afternoon for the Yale field hockey team's penalty corner unit Sunday against Bryant at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs drew 13 corners -- their most in three years -- and got three goals off them in a 4-1 win. Sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie led the way with a pair of goals (including one on a corner) and an assist, and first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies extended her goal-scoring streak to four games. Sophomore midfielder/back Holly Jackson scored as well, while junior midfielder/back Marissa Medici and sophomore forward/midfielder Camille Scheyer each had an assist.

"We've been having better corner execution lately," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Whether it's on a straight shot, or putting a shot on goal that the goalie has to play and getting a rebound. For some of the people on our corner unit who are new, it's also a matter of just gaining experience. But it's also about being more disciplined as a unit, and getting rushers into the right spots."

Coming off a 3-2 loss to Cornell Saturday -- the third one-goal loss in league play for Yale (6-5, 0-3 Ivy League) -- the Bulldogs took control of Sunday's game quickly. They earned six corners in the first eight minutes, and hit paydirt on the last of those when Davies inserted to Medici and she sent a pass past a fake by senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough and across to Condie for the goal.

The corner unit struck again at 22:56, as Davies inserted the ball and then got into perfect position behind Bryant goalkeeper Lyndsay Swanston to deflect in a shot by Condie.

Still, thanks in large part to Swanston (12 saves), Bryant (3-11, 1-0 MAAC) remained within striking distance despite a lopsided shot advantage and corner advantage for Yale. A goal by forward/midfielder Alex Neumann at 60:54 cut the lead to 2-1, but it was not long before Yale pulled away again. Condie was once again the key factor, taking a restart from the top left side of the circle, dribbling around a defender and firing a shot inside the near post to make it 3-1 less than two minutes after the Bryant goal. Jackson then capped the scoring with a diving deflection of a shot by Scheyer on a corner with 6:12 to play.

First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made four saves for the win. The Bulldogs finished with a 32-6 shot advantage and a 13-0 corner advantage. This was the most penalty corners in a game for Yale since earning 18 in a 3-2 win at Brown Nov. 8, 2014.

Yale hosts Ivy League rival Dartmouth next Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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

 

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