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Yale Heads to No. 16 Princeton, Lehigh

Imogen Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Imogen Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)



NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team hits the road for the third time in four weekends this weekend, traveling to No. 16 Princeton Friday (6:00 p.m., Ivy League Network) and then heading west to Lehigh Sunday (1:00 p.m.).


Yale (4-3, 0-1 Ivy League) split a weekend for the third straight time last weekend, falling to No. 14 Harvard 2-1 in overtime Saturday but bouncing back to beat Liberty 1-0 in overtime Sunday. After a goal by senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) gave Yale an early lead vs. Harvard, the Crimson scored with 36 seconds left to tie the game, then won it in overtime. On Sunday, first-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) made seven saves and Middough got the game-winner as the Bulldogs beat the Lady Flames. Sophomore back Alex MacKay (North Vancouver, B.C.) contributed a defensive save.


First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Terroso's weekend began with a 17-save effort Saturday against No. 16 Harvard in a 2-1 overtime loss at Johnson Field. That was the most saves in a game for a Yale goalie since Emilie Katz '17 stopped 21 against Syracuse in 2015.

Terroso followed up that effort with a seven-save shutout Sunday against Liberty as the Bulldogs won 1-0 in overtime. For the weekend, she posted a 1.17 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage, spending 154:01 in the cage. She leads the Ivy League in saves per game (7.86) and is second in save percentage (.797).

A native of York, Pa., Terroso is a graduate of Dallastown Area and played for Yale field hockey alum Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club. Terroso's sister Bryna Cook plays for Mercyhurst and her twin brother Avery plays volleyball at St. John Fisher College.


Senior forward Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) has led the team in goals and points for the past two years, and appears poised to accomplish that feat again this year. She opened the 2017 season with three goals and an assist in the 6-2 win vs. Sacred Heart, earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors. That was her first career hat trick. She added another goal at Hofstra, and goals in each game last weekend -- including the game-winner in overtime as Yale beat Liberty 1-0 Sunday. She leads Yale in goals and points (6-1-13) and is moving up the career record lists in those categories as well. She enters this weekend seventh on Yale's career goals list (29), five behind Anne Lehman '93 for sixth. She is tied for 11th in career points (63), one away from 10th (Sarah Driscoll '05).

Middough was a second team All-Ivy League selection last season. She achieved career highs in all three scoring categories and factored in 37 percent (13 of 35) of the team's goals. One of the team's top options on attack penalty corners, Middough can play forward or midfield. She is also an a capella singer in the group The Unorthojocks.


Senior sisters Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) are identical twins who play the same positions (midfielder/forward) and also play lacrosse for Yale. Katie started 15 games for the field hockey team last season and Lily started 11.


Senior back Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.), elected captain by her teammates, started all 51 games of her career prior to this year and was a second team All-Ivy pick last year. She earned Yale's Player of the Year Award, finishing second in the league and first on the team in assists with a career-high nine. She was also an NFHCA National Academic Squad for the third straight season.


In addition to 17 Americans from nine states (California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia), the Yale roster includes student-athletes from four other countries: first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland), sophomore midfielder/back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England), first-year midfielder/forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa) and sophomore back Alex MacKay (North Vancouver, B.C.). Additionally, sophomore back/midfielder Tara Litjens (Brookside, N.J.) lived in China for 12 years and the Netherlands for 1.5 years.


Yale welcomes six first-years to the roster for the 2017 season. The group comes from six different high schools and three different U.S. states, along with one from Scotland and one from South Africa.

Two first-years, Anissa Abboud (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Sarah King (Davidsonville, Md.), could play forward or midfield. Abboud set the school records for goals in a season and a career at Liberty High School, where she also helped the team set the school record for wins in a season. King was named Player of the Year by both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post last year after captaining her team to a win in the Maryland Class 4A State Championship.

The class adds greatly to Yale's midfield depth -- and international flavor, with three different countries represented at that position. Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.) is a three-time National Futures Championship selection who served as captain of the Moorpark club team for three seasons. Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) has played for Scotland's U16 and U18 teams, while also captaining the team at St. Columba's School. Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa), who could also play forward, was captain of the Gauteng (state) team in South Africa twice, and captain of her team at St. Stithians' Girls' College as well.

First-year goalie Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) brings impressive credentials to New Haven, having been a first team all-league selection for the last two years at Dallastown Area High School. She set her school's record for shutouts in a season and helped the team to league and county championships all four years of her career, including an undefeated record last season.


Pam Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been a part of four NCAA championship teams, is in her 13th year as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Yale's assistant coaches are Mary Beth Barham '13 and Jess Barnett.

Stuper led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 -- the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs in recent years under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. They went 24-11 in the Ivy League in the five seasons from 2009 through 2013, the second-best record in the league in that span. Yale finished the 2011 season with a school-record 69 goals, marking the sixth straight season the Bulldogs increased their goal total over the previous year.


There were a pair of familiar faces for Yale on the opposing sideline last weekend. Harvard assistant coach Ainslee Lamb, in her first season with the Crimson, was Yale's head coach from 1999-2005 and had Pam Stuper as one of her assistants. Liberty head coach Nikki Parsley was an assistant coach at Yale in 2014 and 2015, then served as an assistant at Liberty last season before being promoted to the Lady Flames' top spot in January.

There were also a pair of familiar Yale faces on the Michigan State sideline when the Bulldogs played at MSU Sept. 17. Spartans assistant coach Georgia Holland '14 was a two-time first team All-Ivy League honoree for Yale, captaining the team in 2013 and helping the team to an Ivy League championship in 2011. MSU assistant Tamara Durante spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Yale before joining the Spartans staff prior to the 2015 season.


The 2016 season was marked by dramatic progress for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs more than doubled their win total from the previous season. They also increased their goal scoring by a whopping 75 percent while decreasing their goals allowed by 13 percent. With those positive trends in place, eight players who started 11 or more games for Yale in 2016 remain on the roster for 2017. Those players -- along with seven other returnees and six talented incoming freshmen -- give the Bulldogs reason to believe they can make more strides in 2017.


Alumnae Weekend had an added dimension this year, as Yale celebrated the 45th anniversary of its first varsity field hockey team. In addition to annual events such as the Alumnae Game, this year's weekend (Sept. 22-24) also included a dinner and reception in the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink Saturday with a screening of the video Celebrating 45 Years of Field Hockey at Yale. Earlier that day, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for Carol Roberts Field House -- the new home of Yale Field Hockey and Yale Softball -- prior to Yale's game vs. Harvard.

The Yale Athletic Department broke ground on its newest facility, Carol Roberts Field House, in August. Carol Roberts Field House is the first building 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 William O. DeWitt '63 Family Field (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot building will include 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.

Carol Roberts '81 provided the lead gift for the field house. Roberts played field hockey and softball for the Bulldogs, winning an Ivy League championship with each team. Following graduation she joined International Paper, where she served as a senior vice president. She is active as a member of the Yale Field Hockey Association board, and in 2009, she received the Yale Athletics George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.





Princeton (4-4, 1-0 Ivy League) has a deceptive overall record of .500 -- the Tigers' four losses have all come against teams ranked in the top four of the national poll. They have beaten three ranked opponents: No. 22 Rutgers 4-1, No. 10 Maryland 2-1 and No. 24 BU 1-0. Princeton opened Ivy League play with a 5-0 pasting of Dartmouth last week, outshooting the Big Green 32-3. Striker Ryan McCarthy is tied for third in the Ivy League in goals with six and is fourth in points with 14. Goalie Grace Baylis has a .675 save percentage and a 1.63 goals-against average.


Lehigh (2-7, 0-2 Patriot League), which plays at Bucknell Friday, has lost seven of eight games since opening the season with a 1-0 win vs. LIU Brooklyn. The Mountain Hawks are averaging 0.78 goals per game and have allowed an average of 2.78 goals per game. Forward Teresa Carotenuto leads the team in goals and points (3-0-6), while goalie Paige Innarella has a .634 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average.


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity