NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three games vs. teams that ended the 2017 season ranked in the top 20 -- including a trip to No. 16 Stanford -- highlight the 2018 Yale field hockey schedule, which was announced Thursday. The 17-game regular season (seven Ivy League games, 10 non-league games) starts Monday, Sept. 3 vs. Michigan State at Johnson Field. The Ivy League portion of the season starts with a game at archrival Harvard on Sept. 21.
This is Yale's 14th season with Pam Stuper as the Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Rising senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) is Yale's captain. The Bulldogs' top returning scorers are rising junior forward/midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) (7-4-18) and rising sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) (6-6-18). Condie, a second team All-Ivy League selection, is one of two All-Ivy honorees returning for Yale. The other is rising sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.), who finished eighth in the country in save percentage (.784) and 15th in saves per game (7.06). Eight players who started 12 or more games for Yale in 2017 return for 2018.
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2018, Yale's 47th varsity season:
- Yale's regular-season schedule consists of 17 games. There are seven Ivy League games (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton).
- The schedule includes 10 home games and seven road games.
- Yale plays three games against teams that were ranked in the final 2017 NFHCA national poll (No. 11 Princeton, No. 16 Stanford and No. 17 Harvard).
- The schedule includes two games against teams that took part in the 2017 NCAA tournament: Princeton (lost in quarterfinals) and Stanford (lost in first round).
- The schedule includes 10 non-conference games, and seven different conferences are represented:
- Sept. 3 vs. Michigan State (tied for seventh in Big Ten, lost in conference quarterfinals)
- Sept. 7 vs. Hofstra (sixth in Colonial Athletic Association)
- Sept. 9 vs. Drexel (fifth in Colonial Athletic Association)
- Sept. 14 at Stanford (tied for first in West Division of America East, won conference tournament)
- Sept. 16 at Cal (tied for first in West Division of America East, lost in conference quarterfinals)
- Sept. 23 vs. Sacred Heart (tied for fourth in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
- Sept. 30 vs. Davidson (eighth in Atlantic 10)
- Oct. 7 at Bucknell (tied for third in Patriot League, lost in conference championship)
- Oct. 14 vs. Quinnipiac (tied for fifth in Big East)
- Oct. 21 vs. Lehigh (tied for fifth in Patriot League)
- Yale plays games in seven different states (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island). Six of Yale's returnees from last season have a game in their home state.
- Yale Field Hockey Alumnae Weekend is Sept. 28-30, with home games against Princeton and Davidson. The Bulldogs will dedicate their new facility, Carol Roberts Field House, and have their annual alumnae game that weekend.
- On Saturday, Oct. 27 vs. Columbia, Yale will celebrate Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the four members of the Class of 2019: goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), midfielder/back Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.) and forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
- NCAA Tournament competition starts with two play-in games Nov. 7 (featuring the four lowest automatic-qualification teams). The field includes 10 automatic qualifiers -- including one for the Ivy League champion -- and eight at-large selections. The first- and second-round games take place at campus sites Nov. 10-11. The winners of those series advance to the Final Four, which will be hosted by the University of Louisville on Nov. 16 and 18.
- The Bulldogs will encounter a familiar face on the sideline again this year. For the second straight season they play Michigan State, where former associate head coach Tamara Durante is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach. Durante coached at Yale from 2005 through 2014.
- Live stats and video of all home games, and road games where applicable, will be available via links on yalebulldogs.com.
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity