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Columbia Tops Yale 5-4 in OT

Bridget Condie. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Bridget Condie. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW YORK – The Yale field hockey team's season of close calls continued Saturday with a tough 5-4 overtime loss at Columbia. This was the Bulldogs' fifth one-goal loss in six league games. Senior midfielder/forward Lily Smith scored a pair of goals, while sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie and first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies scored as well. First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made nine saves.

After more than 18 scoreless minutes, Saturday's game eventually turned into a shootout. Just 40 seconds after Columbia forward Lauren Crane opened the scoring, Smith answered at 19:19 to tie the game. Senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough assisted.

Despite a 13-2 shot advantage for the Lions, the score remained 1-1 at halftime thanks in part to Terroso, who made six of her nine saves for the game in the opening 35 minutes.

Smith gave Yale (8-7, 1-5 Ivy League) a 2-1 lead less than two minutes into the second half, and Davies scored off a Condie assist to make it 3-1 at 52:44. But Columbia (9-7, 4-2 Ivy League) responded in dramatic fashion, scoring three times in a span of just over eight minutes to take a 4-3 lead. Condie's goal came with just 35 seconds left, forcing overtime.

"For the fans, this was a great game," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Both teams played very hard and very well. You look at the timing of the goals, the back-and-forth nature, and it shows two very good teams going at it."

The game was ultimately decided by a penalty corner for the Lions at the end of overtime, as midfielder Whitney Hartstone scored to give Columbia the 5-4 win.

"In overtime we had our chances, we just didn't sink them," said Stuper. "Columbia did."

Lions keeper Katie Dempsey made five saves, and back Katherine Cavanaugh had a critical defensive save on a ball just in front of the goal line.

Yale returns to action Sunday vs. Bucknell at Johnson Field.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity