NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With only a few more games left in her Yale field hockey career, senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough appears intent on going out on a high note. Her hat trick Saturday afternoon included goals of all different kinds -- assisted, unassisted and on a penalty corner. Combined with goals from sophomore forward/midfielder Camille Scheyer and senior midfielder/forward Lily Smith, her performance helped Yale to a 5-2 win vs. Dartmouth that gives the Bulldogs a stretch of four games in which they have gone 3-1 and scored 18 goals. This was the third career hat trick for Middough -- and second in those last four games.
"Carol was on a mission today," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "She has been playing very well all year, but today she was able to produce even more opportunities from her strong defense, and she put pressure on Dartmouth's backfield."
Yale (7-5, 1-3 Ivy League) took control of the game early thanks to a pair of goals that Middough played a part in. The first came at 7:26, when first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies knocked a loose ball over to Middough in front of the goal and she stuffed in her 12th goal of the season. On a penalty corner at 19:47, Middough fired one towards the goal and Smith got enough of it to deflect it past Dartmouth keeper Emily Wechsler.
Dartmouth (4-7, 1-3 Ivy League) crept closer just before halftime on a goal by forward Carmen Braceras at 32:44. But less than a minute into the second half, Middough drove through a trio of Dartmouth defenders and knocked in another goal to make it 4-1.
Dartmouth defender Katie Persin cut Yale's lead to 3-2 with a goal at 46:44, but less than a minute later Scheyer's shot from a tough angle eluded Wechsler and the Bulldogs were back up by two.
Middough finished off the hat trick at 65:41, drilling home a penalty corner goal with help from first-year forward/midfielder Sarah King on the stick stop and Davies on the insertion.
The last Yale player with three hat tricks in a season was Ashley McCauley '10, who had three in 2009. Middough is now third on Yale's career goals list and sixth on Yale's career points list (37-6-80). She is nine goals away from the career record of 46, set by Emily Montgomery '78, and the season record of 23, set by Anne Keating '77 in 1976. She is 16 points away from Keating's season record (46, set in 1976 with no assist totals available).
"Looking back at Carol's career and at this season in particular, it has been a product of hard work," said Stuper. "It has been a matter of physically, emotionally and mentally preparing herself."
First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made five saves for the win. Yale outshot Dartmouth 23-13.
Yale travels to Penn for a game next Friday. The Bulldogs could finish the season tied for the second-best win total in school history (12) with wins in each of the five remaining games.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity
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