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Bulldogs Battle Big Green Saturday at Johnson Field

Katie Smith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katie Smith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With six games left in the season, the Yale field hockey team is on pace for its best win total since winning 11 in the Ivy League Championship season of 2011. Next up for the Bulldogs is Dartmouth (Saturday, 12:00 p.m., Ivy League Network) at Johnson Field. Yale is 11-4 in its last 15 games against the Big Green.

 

BULLDOGS SPLIT HOME WEEKEND

Yale (6-5, 0-3 Ivy League) split a weekend for the fifth straight time last weekend, falling to Cornell 3-2 Saturday but bouncing back with a 4-1 win vs. Bryant Sunday at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 against the Big Red before rallying late in the game, buoyed by a spectacular diving defensive save from junior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.). Kisa scored the game's final goal on a penalty corner with time expired. The Bulldogs then got three penalty corner goals Sunday in the win vs. Bryant. Sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) led the way with a pair of goals and an assist. She has seven points (2-3-7) in the last three games.

 

YALE ON THE OFFENSIVE

Yale enters the weekend second in the Ivy League in goals per game (2.909), trailing only No. 13 Harvard (4.083). The Bulldogs have scored three or more goals in a game four times, including twice in the last three games. Yale's penalty corner unit has been particularly effective, accounting for three goals against Bryant and two against Cornell last weekend. The Bulldogs have at least one penalty corner goal in each of their last four games.

 

MIDDOUGH CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARDS

Senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) has led the team in goals and points for the past two years, and appears poised to accomplish that feat again this year. Her 11 goals and 23 points lead the Bulldogs, and place her first in the Ivy League in goals and tied for second in points. Middough is moving up the Yale career record lists in those categories as well. She enters this weekend tied with Anne Lehman '93 for sixth on Yale's career goals list (34). One more goal moves her into a tie for fifth, and two more goals move her into a tie for third. She is ninth in career points (73), one away from a tie for seventh (Dinah Landshut '12 and Amanda Walton '02).

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. That was her first career hat trick. She added another goal at Hofstra, and goals in four straight games Sept. 23-Oct. 1 -- including the game-winner in overtime as Yale beat Liberty 1-0 Sept. 24 and four goals in a 7-1 win at Lehigh Oct. 1. 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.

Middough was a second team All-Ivy League selection last season. She achieved career highs in all three scoring categories 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. She is also an a capella singer in the group The Unorthojocks.

 

TERROSO = TERRIFIC

First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) has been stellar in her debut season with the Bulldogs, entering this weekend third in the Ivy League in save percentage (.782) and saves per game (7.18). She made a season-high 17 saves Sept. 23 against a nationally ranked Harvard squad, and went on to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors. That was the most saves in a game for a Yale goalie since Emilie Katz '17 stopped 21 against Syracuse in 2015.

A native of York, Pa., Terroso is a graduate of Dallastown Area and played for Yale field hockey alum Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club. Terroso's sister Bryna Cook plays for Mercyhurst and her twin brother Avery plays volleyball at St. John Fisher College.

 

YALE'S SCOT GETS HOT

First-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is heating up as the season wears on, scoring goals in each of the last four games and moving into second on the team in goals and points (5-4-14). Davies, the inserter on Yale's penalty corner unit, has nine points (4-1-9) in the last four games after totaling three (0-3-3) in the first seven games.

Davies is from Kilmacolm, a village of 4,000 that is approximately 20 miles west of Glasgow. She was a U16 and U18 Selection at the District level from age of 13 up to 17, and was captain at both age groups. She completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program to silver level, which involved three years of volunteering, progressing a skill and ensuring she maintained physical excellence.

 

THE SMITH TWINS

Senior sisters Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) are identical twins who play the same positions (midfielder/forward) and also play lacrosse for Yale. Katie started 15 games for the field hockey team last season and Lily started 11. They have each appeared in all 11 games this season, with Lily making three starts and Katie making one.

 

CAPTAIN KIWI

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. Comizio has been out due to injury this year.

 

AROUND THE WORLD

In addition to 17 Americans from nine states (California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia), the Yale roster includes student-athletes from four other countries: first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland), sophomore midfielder/back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England), first-year midfielder/forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa) and sophomore back Alex MacKay (North Vancouver, B.C.). Additionally, sophomore back/midfielder Tara Litjens (Brookside, N.J.) lived in China for 12 years and the Netherlands for 1.5 years.

 

CLASS OF 2021

Yale welcomes six first-years 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 first-years, 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 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.

First-year 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 last 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.

 

A SEASON TO BUILD ON

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.

 

CELEBRATING YALE'S 45th

Alumnae Weekend had an added dimension this year, as Yale celebrated the 45th anniversary of its first varsity field hockey team. In addition to annual events such as the Alumnae Game, this year's weekend (Sept. 22-24) also included a dinner and reception in the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink Saturday with a screening of the video Celebrating 45 Years of Field Hockey at Yale. Earlier that day, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for Carol Roberts Field House -- the new home of Yale Field Hockey and Yale Softball -- prior to Yale's game vs. Harvard.

 

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 an Ivy League championship with each team. 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

 

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH

Dartmouth (4-6, 1-2 Ivy League) fell to Penn 3-0 last Saturday. The Big Green had won two in a row prior to that, topping Fairfield 3-2 Sept. 27 and then winning 3-2 at Brown in a double-overtime shootout Sept. 30. Forward Katie Spanos leads the team in goals and points (5-5-15). Yale beat the Big Green 7-4 in Hanover, N.H., last year, led by a pair of goals from senior midfielder/forward Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and a pair of assists from senior back Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.).

 

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

 

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