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Four Honored with Team Awards

Kiwi Comizio, Jackie Kisa, Carol Middough and Sydney Terroso. (photos by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
Kiwi Comizio, Jackie Kisa, Carol Middough and Sydney Terroso. (photos by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four players were recognized with team awards at the Yale field hockey team's annual post-season banquet Nov. 15. Senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) earned the Player of the Year Award, first-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) earned the Senior Award and shared the Amanda Walton Award with senior back Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.), and junior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned the Coaches' Award.

The awards help recognize the achievements of the team as a whole this season, one in which the Bulldogs finished with their best won-lost record since the 2011 Ivy League Championship season. They scored 48 goals, sixth-best in school history.

This is the seventh year Yale has given a Player of the Year Award, but it is based on an award that has been in place since 2007. The Player of the Year Award had been known as The Cup. It is awarded to the member of the team who has performed at the highest level for the season as a whole, determined by the coaching staff through game-to-game recognition as the Player of the Match.

Middough, who was named second team All-Mideast Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday afternoon and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League pick earlier in the month, led the Bulldogs in goals and points for each of the last three years, finishing third on Yale's career goals list (41) and career points list (90).

Middough's 18 goals this year led the Ivy League and tie her for third on the Yale single-season list, as do her 40 points. Her 1.06 goals per game average was fourth in the country, and her 2.35 points per game average was 11th.

A strong defensive player, Middough was a key part of Yale's press and put tremendous pressure on opposing backfields. She was the Bulldogs' primary hitter on penalty corners.

Middough is a history of art major in Pierson College. Prior to Yale she played for Jersey Intensity and was a part of USA Field Hockey's Futures Program. She is a graduate of Shore Regional High School.

The Senior Award that Terroso received is awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey.

Terroso was stellar in her debut season with the Bulldogs, posting a .784 save percentage that ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League. She averaged 7.06 saves per game (15th nationally) and had a 1.89 goals-against average.

Terroso made a season-high 17 saves Sept. 23 against a nationally ranked Harvard squad. That was the most saves in a game for a Yale goalie since Emilie Katz '17 stopped 21 against Syracuse in 2015.

Terroso spent the entire season as Yale's lone goalie -- overcoming illness on several occasions to play -- after a preseason injury sidelined junior Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). The rookie emerged as the backbone of a defense that had just one healthy senior, earning praise for her maturity and leadership.

A member of Davenport College, Terroso is a graduate of Dallastown Area and played for Yale field hockey alum Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club.

The Amanda Walton Award that Terroso shared with Comizio is given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. The award is named after Amanda Walton '02, who has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, Walton -- a field hockey and lacrosse player -- was involved in an automobile accident that put her career on hold. She overcame a coma and physical injuries with hard work and dedication.

Comizio, elected captain by her teammates, started all 51 games in the first three years of her career before an injury sidelined her this season. Last year she earned the team's Player of the Year Award and was a second team All-Ivy League selection, leading the team in assists with nine.

A political science major, Comizio is a member of Pierson College. Prior to Yale she played for New Heights FH Club. She is a graduate of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, where she was a third team All-American.

The Coaches' Award that Kisa received is given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale.

Kisa started all 17 games this season, emerging as a steadying force in Yale's young backfield. She provided one of the signature sequences of the season in the game against Cornell Oct. 7. First, with two minutes left and the Big Red leading 3-1, she hustled back on defense to prevent a goal by making a spectacular diving defensive save. Then, with time expired as Yale earned a penalty corner, Kisa blasted in her second career goal.

Kisa is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major in Jonathan Edwards College. She is a graduate of Princess Anne High School, was a part of USA Field Hockey's Futures Program  and also played for Saints Hockey Rocks.

In addition to the award winners, the Bulldogs also recognized the senior class at the banquet: Comizio, Middough, midfielder/forward Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), midfielder/forward Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and back Tess Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

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