NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On a rainy, windy afternoon at Johnson Field Sunday, a pair of goals midway through the second half helped Bucknell edge the Yale field hockey team 3-2. Goals by sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie and senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough had given Yale a 2-1 lead in the first half before the Bison rallied. Six of the Bulldogs' eight losses this season have been by one goal.
Rain began drenching the field hours before the game's 2:00 p.m. start time -- Sacred Heart, which also plays at Johnson Field, moved its game vs. Fairfield from 5:00 p.m. up to 10:00 a.m. to avoid the worst of the storm. Still, the Bulldogs and the Bison appeared largely unfazed by the rough conditions. Bucknell (9-9, 3-3 Patriot League) took a 1-0 lead at 9:26 on a goal by defender Stephanie Dressler, but other than that Yale first-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso kept the Bison in check. She made seven saves in the first half alone, and nine for the game.
Yale (8-8, 1-5 Ivy League) utilized a nicely executed penalty corner to tie the game, as junior midfielder/back Marissa Medici -- the stick stopper -- slid a pass past a fake by junior back Jackie Kisa and over to Condie, who drilled home her seventh goal of the season. With one game remaining Condie has already more than doubled her goal total from a year ago (three).
A great individual effort by Middough, who drove through multiple defenders to deposit her 15th goal of the season, gave Yale a 2-1 lead right before halftime. But the Bison got goals from forwards Katie Mannino and Nicole Rupnik in a span of just under seven minutes midway through the second half, then held on for the win. A shot by midfielder Lily Smith sailed wide as time expired.
Bucknell wound up scoring two of its goals on corners, getting eight corners for the game.
"From scouting them, we knew Bucknell had a good corner unit," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We couldn't give up too many, especially not in flurries."
For the Bulldogs, Sunday's result concluded a tough weekend that included another one goal loss on Saturday -- 5-4 at Columbia in overtime.
"Yesterday was physically, mentally and emotionally draining," said Stuper. "We came out today and certainly gave everything we had. Fatigue caused some problems in our defensive end."
Yale concludes the season next Saturday, hosting Brown at 1:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity