NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) has seen the Yale field hockey team make dramatic strides during her first three seasons. Now, her teammates have elected her to lead them in continuing that trend. Condie was chosen captain for the 2019 season by a team vote Nov. 27.
"It is such an honor to be elected by such a wonderful and talented group of young women," said Condie. "The people that I have been blessed to call my teammates are also my closest friends and that is a bond that is irreplaceable and hard to find."
This is the latest in a string of honors for Condie, who was named first team All-Mideast Region and first team All-Ivy League last month. That was the second time in her career she earned All-Ivy honors.
Condie led Yale in points (6-5-17) and assists and tied for the team lead in goals. She had the game-winner in Yale's 1-0 win at Cornell Oct. 6, which was the start of a stretch in which Condie totaled 10 points (4-2-10) in her final seven games.
That stretch included a goal in the Bulldogs' 2-1 win vs. Columbia, a game Condie tabbed as her most memorable at Yale. It was decided by a shootout after two scoreless overtimes. In the shootout, the Bulldogs got three goals from first-years and three saves from sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) to pull out the win.
"My most memorable moment as a Yale field hockey player is without a doubt when we beat Columbia this year in shootouts," said Condie. "That day was cold, rainy AND senior day which all in all created such a dramatic backdrop for the day. The entire game was just such a battle and I knew that the only way we were going to win was with every single person on our team. Watching our phenomenal goalie, Syd, and the freshmen dominate the shootouts and then running to each other in utter happiness, relief and joy when we won is a moment I will never forget. I am smiling now just thinking about it."
Including the dramatic win vs. Columbia, the way the 2018 season ended -- with wins in five of the last six games -- provides the Bulldogs with plenty of momentum heading into 2019. They have improved their win total from season to season in each of the last three years, including a 10 win campaign in 2018.
"We ended the season on such a high, we didn't want to stop playing! That is why this group of girls is so special, everyone works so hard while also having so much fun," said Condie. "This is also the epitome of how much we enjoy being with each other. I know that heading into off season, the summer and next season our team will only continue along this path of success. As captain, I want to create an environment that has this mentality of competitive teamwork. Our team knows that we play our best when we practice well and we practice well when we are, in the best way, competitive with each other. It's more fun! In addition my class is full of strong players and leaders, which will allow us to all work and lead together as a unit."
Condie is part of a junior class that also includes back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England), back Tara Litjens (Brookside, N.J.), back Alex MacKay (North Vancouver, B.C.), forward Camille Scheyer (Glencoe, Ill.) and forward Annina Zelkin (Lorton, Va.).
Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, looks forward to seeing the impact that Condie and her classmates will have next season.
"I am confident that the Class of 2020 has the character, talent and leadership ability to make the 2019 season their best one," said Stuper. "Bridget, as a defensive midfielder, has served as the quarterback on our team the last two years and has led due to her position and role on the field. Her leadership, both on and off the field, has and will be an integral part of our continued success. She and her classmates -- Holly, Tara, Alex, Cam and Annina -- have impacted our team since their first year and I am certain they will in their last season!"
Condie has finished among Yale's top two in goals and points each of the last two seasons. She is now tied for 18th on Yale's career goals list with 16, and she is 20th on Yale's career points list with 46 (16-14-46).
A history major in Pierson College, Condie is a graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School and played for AIM Field Hockey Club. She was a member of USA Field Hockey's U17 National Team in 2014-15. She is hoping to work in marketing or public relations this coming summer.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity