NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second straight game to start the season, the Yale field hockey team found itself locked in a tie midway through the second half. While it took overtime on Monday for the Bulldogs to pull out the win vs. Michigan State, on Friday afternoon they got the job done in regulation. Sophomore forward/midfielder Imogen Davies scored the go-ahead goal at 52:33, then added an insurance goal less than nine minutes later for the 3-1 win.
Yale (2-0, 0-0 Ivy League) had to come from behind to win this one. Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made a spectacular diving save on a Hofstra penalty corner with 17 minutes into the first half, but the Pride eventually went ahead on a goal by midfielder Cami Larsson at 22:54.
The Bulldogs started to battle back on a goal from sophomore midfielder Bridget Condie just 35 seconds before halftime. That helped set the tone for the second half, when Yale outshot the Pride 5-2 and drew four penalty corners to Hofstra's one.
"We had a slow start; our fundamentals were a little off," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We ended the first half well, then did a much better job in the second half."
Davies -- a second team All-Ivy League selection after finishing second on the team in points last season -- gave Yale a 2-1 lead when she knocked in a rebound off a penalty corner at 52:33. Her next goal came after she beat a defender, saw Hofstra goalkeeper Betty Bosman charging out, and lifted the ball past her at 61:01.
"Imogen did a really nice job on the right side helping to generate attack," said Stuper. "Once she got her opportunities, she took advantage of them. She read that play beautifully to get that final goal."
Hofstra (1-4, 0-0 CAA) has now lost four straight. The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, hosting Drexel at 1:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity