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Scoring Depth on Display in 4-2 Win vs. Drexel

Theodora Dillman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Theodora Dillman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team showcased its scoring depth on Sunday afternoon, as four different players scored goals in a 4-2 win vs. Drexel at Johnson Field. First year midfielder Théodora Dillman scored her first career goal, and the Bulldogs also got tallies from junior midfielder Bridget Condie, sophomore forward/midfielder Imogen Davies and sophomore forward Olivia Levieux. Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made three saves, and the Bulldogs also got a critical defensive save from sophomore midfielder Sarah King.

Just three games into the season Yale (3-0, 0-0 Ivy League) already has points from six different players, and Condie and Davies have scored multiple goals. That type of offensive depth will be key moving forward as the team evolves following the graduation of last year's leading scorer -- Carol Middough '18, who scored 18 of the team's 48 goals in 2017.

"Not that it's not nice to have a prolific scorer, but it can sometimes make it easy on the team you're playing to know who they have to shut down," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We continue to get goals from many different players, and that makes us dangerous as a team."

Dillman opened the scoring at 16:12. After a Yale penalty corner, the Bulldogs were awarded a stroke when a shot hit the body of a Drexel player behind Dragons goalkeeper Kathryn Boyce. Stuper tabbed the talented rookie to take the stroke.

"Here's a first year who has a lot of potential," said Stuper of her rationale in choosing Dillman. "So let's see what she does in a situation where we need a goal."

Dillman calmly roofed the shot past Boyce for a 1-0 lead.

After Drexel (4-2, 0-0 CAA) tied the game on a goal by forward Tess Bernheimer, Levieux scored off a corner at 31:57 -- assisted by Davies and first year midfielder Alissa Wong -- to put the Bulldogs up 2-1 heading into halftime.

Davies then scored off a Condie assist on a Yale corner at 50:55 to give the Bulldogs some breathing room. They later got some help on the defensive end from King, who swatted away a Drexel shot behind Terroso after a corner with 16 minutes to play.

The Dragons eventually pulled within 3-2 on a Bernheim goal at 59:11, but Condie created a turnover in the midfield that led to her scoring a goal at 67:19 to put the game out of reach.

The Bulldogs are 3-0 for the first time since 2010 -- and they have picked up those wins against some tough competition in Drexel, Hofstra and Michigan State.

"All three [opponents] are very good attacking teams," said Stuper. "To have wins vs. those type of teams is great, as is getting goals from a variety of people. The players are doing a good job making the adjustments we ask them to make."

Yale now heads to California for games at Stanford and Cal.

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