PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior forward Camille Scheyer's five-point day -- including the game-winning goal with 1:25 left in regulation -- helped the Yale field hockey team end the 2018 season on a high note Saturday, beating Brown 3-2 at Goldberger Family Field. The win is Yale's 10th, marking the team's most wins in a season since the 2011 Ivy League Championship year. This is the third straight season Yale has improved its win total compared to the previous year.
Scheyer's big day came at an opportune time, as the Bulldogs were without their leading scorer -- junior midfielder Bridget Condie, who was injured.
"I told the team they have to step up," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "That doesn't mean they have to be Bridget, but just be the best they can. Camille stepped up and played a great game, getting quality shots and generating offense."
On a blustery day in Providence, Scheyer got the scoring started off a long pass from junior back Alex MacKay at 4:48. Brown (7-10, 1-6 Ivy League) tied the score with a penalty corner goal at 12:42, but less than three minutes after that junior back Holly Jackson deflected in a shot by Scheyer on a corner to put Yale ahead 2-1.
The score remained that way for more than 40 minutes, with Brown tying the game on a rebound goal by forward Lexi King.
That set up Scheyer's last-minute heroics. After a Brown turnover in the midfield, first-year back Katie Pieterse got the ball ahead to Scheyer just outside the circle. Scheyer drove in from the right side and, as Brown goalie Katie Hammaker came out to challenge her, slid the ball inside the far post for the winner.
Yale (10-7, 4-3 Ivy League) won five of its last six games and finished with its most Ivy League wins since 2013. The Bulldogs' senior class -- goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich, back Jackie Kisa, midfielder Marissa Medici and forward Brooke Reese -- finished with 29 wins, having seen the team improve from three wins their first year to 10 wins this season.
"This season is a tribute to the seniors," said Stuper. "They believed in the team and the program. All year long we focused on the process. It started with the offseason training, which has been huge. This was another step in the process. I am so proud of the team for the grit they showed."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity