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Off to Best Start Since 2010, Bulldogs Head to Cali

Marissa Medici. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marissa Medici. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale at Stanford Friday 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Yale at Cal Sunday 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Off to its best start since 2010, the Yale field hockey team heads west for a pair of games in California this weekend. The Bulldogs put their 3-0 record on the line with a game at No. 23 Stanford Friday (7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Stanford Live Stream), then head to Cal for a game Sunday (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Cal Live Stream). The last time Yale started a season with four or more wins in a row was 1995, when the team started 7-0.

Bulldogs Sweep Weekend at Johnson Field

A busy weekend at Johnson Field saw Yale register two wins in three days last weekend. The Bulldogs opened with a 3-1 win vs. Hofstra on Friday, bouncing back from an early 1-0 deficit. Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) scored a pair of goals and junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) added one.

Yale capped the weekend with a 4-2 win vs. Drexel on Sunday, getting goals from four different players. First year midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.) scored her first career goal, and the Bulldogs also got tallies from Condie, Davies and sophomore forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa). Sophomore midfielder Sarah King (Davidsonville, Md.) made her presence felt with a defensive save late in the game.

Golden State Bulldogs

The trip to California marks a homecoming for a trio of Bulldogs:

  • Sophomore midfielder Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.) is a graduate of La Reina High School and captained the Moorpark club field hockey team for three years. She also trained with Ventura County Red Devils Field Hockey from 2014 to 2017.
  • Senior midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.) is a graduate of Vista High School, where she was a three-time first team All-Avocado League selection. She also played for RUSH Field Hockey Club.
  • Senior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School, where she was a two-time first team All-Sunset League selection. She also played for Hollywood FHC.

Terroso Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

A first team All-Ivy League selection last season, Terroso has picked up where she left off. She stopped 14 of the 18 shots she faced in Yale's three victories, posting a .778 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average. Her .784 save percentage last season ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League.

Terroso is a member of Davenport College and a graduate of Dallastown Area High School. One of her club coaches, Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club, played field hockey at Yale.

Condie Consistent in Scoring

Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) has scored at least one point in every game: one in the first game, two in the second game and three in the third game. Her six points for the season (2-2-6) place her second on the team.

Condie emerged as a second team All-Ivy League honoree last season, finishing second on the team in goals and tied for second in points (7-4-18). Both of those totals represented career highs.

Davies Among Goals Leaders

With three goals in three games, sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is one of two players in the Ivy League averaging one or more goals per game (Harvard's Bente van Vlijmen, with six goals in four games, is the other). Davies scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 win vs. Hofstra Sept. 7, including the game-winner. She also has one assist and leads Yale in points (3-1-7).

Davies made a smooth transition to the U.S. college level after developing in her native Scotland. She earned second team All-Ivy League honors last year, leading Yale in assists and tying for second in points (6-6-18).

Captain Kisa

Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) is Yale's captain. She has 47 career games of experience, including 34 starts. She started all 17 games last season and earned the team's Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. Kisa will face her twin sister, Kristin, when Yale hosts Davidson on Sept. 30.

International Bulldogs

There are five different countries represented on Yale's roster. In addition to the 16 student-athletes from the United States, the Bulldogs have five internationals:

Home Field Advantage

Yale plays 10 of its 17 games at home this season -- including three in a row to start the year. The Bulldogs are 10-4 in their last 14 games at Johnson Field.

Building on Last Season's Progress

The Bulldogs have improved their win total compared to the previous season in each of the past two years, and last year's total was the team's best since winning 11 in the 2011 Ivy League championship season. Eight players who started 12 or more games last year return, including the starting goalie and four of the top six goal-scorers.

Carol Roberts Field House

This season marks the debut of Yale's newest facility: Carol Roberts Field House. The building is the first of its kind at Yale -- a comprehensive space that meets the needs of two women's teams. Situated between Johnson Field (home to the Yale field hockey team) and 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot facility includes spacious locker rooms, a training room, a satellite coaches' office, a team meeting space and a second-story observation roof deck featuring a glass-walled event space.

The Bulldogs will dedicate Carol Roberts Field House on Alumnae Weekend (Sept. 28-30). Yale hosts Princeton that Friday and Davidson that Sunday.

The Yale Staff

Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, is in her 14th season at Yale's helm. Her staff includes one newcomer: Kristen O'Rourke, who brings eight years of coaching experience -- including roles with USA Field Hockey. The returning staff includes Jess Barnett and Mary Beth Barham '13.

Viewing Options

Yale's home games, Ivy League road games, and select other games will be available on ESPN+ this year. Links will be available on yalebulldogs.com for each game.

International viewers who cannot get ESPN+ can watch on the Yale portal presented by Stretch Internet.

Scouting No. 23 Stanford

Stanford (3-3, 0-0 America East) has won three in a row since starting the season with three losses to ranked opponents. The Cardinal has outscored its last three opponents 20-2, scoring eight goals in two of those games. Attacker Corinne Zanolli, an All-Region selection last season and a member of the U.S. U21 National Team, leads the team in goals and points (10-4-24). She is fourth in the nation in goals per game and points per game. Goalkeeper Kelsey Bing has a .763 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average. She was also an All-Region pick last year, ranking sixth in the nation with a .794 save percentage.

Scouting Cal

Cal (2-3, 0-0 America East) is 2-0 against unranked teams and 0-3 against ranked teams this season. The Bears are led by midfielder Megan Rodgers (4-2-10), who has 21 of the team's 42 shots. Rodgers, a 2017 U.S. U19 National Team member, was the third-highest scoring freshman in the nation last season (17 goals). Goalkeeper Danielle Mentink has a .630 save percentage and a 2.29 goals-against average.

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