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Bulldogs Visit Columbia, Host Bucknell

Jackie Kisa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackie Kisa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team faces its final two-game weekend of the season, traveling to Columbia Saturday (1:00 p.m., Ivy League Network) and then hosting Bucknell Sunday (2:00 p.m., Ivy League Network). With just three games remaining in the season, the Bulldogs could finish with as many as 11 wins -- a total that would be fifth-best in program history.

 

BULLDOGS END WEEKEND WITH UPSET WIN

Yale (8-6, 1-4 Ivy League) split a pair of 1-0 games last weekend, falling to Penn by that score on Friday but beating No. 23 UMass by that score on Sunday. First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) stopped 14 of the 15 shots she faced for the weekend, and the shutout Sunday was her third of the season. First-year midfielder/forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored the game's only goal Sunday, assisted by senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.). That was Yale's first win vs. a team ranked in the NFHCA poll since 2011.

 

YALE ON THE OFFENSIVE

Yale starts this week third in the Ivy League in goals per game (2.714), trailing only No. 16 Harvard (3.786) and No. 14 Princeton (2.800). The Bulldogs have scored three or more goals in a game five times, including three times in the last six games. For the season Yale has 38 goals, the most the team has scored since scoring 38 in 2013. The school record for goals in a season is 69, set in the Ivy League championship season of 2011.

 

MIDDOUGH CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARDS

Senior forward/midfielder 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. Her 14 goals and 31 points lead the Bulldogs and the Ivy League, and her 7.00 goals per game rank seventh in the nation. Middough is moving up the Yale career record lists in those categories as well. She enters this weekend third on Yale's career goals list (37), six away from second place (Ashley McCauley '10) and nine away from first place (Emily Montgomery '78). She is sixth in career points (81), five away from fifth (Lindsay Hobbs '99).

Middough's 14 goals tie her for seventh on the Yale single-season list, nine away from the record set by Anne Keating '77 in 1976. Her 31 points place in a tie for eighth, with Keating holding the season record of 46 points (set in 1976, when assist totals were not available).

Middough 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 four straight games Sept. 23-Oct. 1 -- including the game-winner in overtime as Yale beat Liberty 1-0 Sept. 24 and four goals in a 7-1 win at Lehigh Oct. 1. The last Yale player to score four goals in a game was Erin Carter '12, who scored four in a 6-0 win vs. Fairfield in 2011. Middough notched hat tricks at Lehigh (on her birthday) and vs. Dartmouth as well.

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 all-student-athlete group The Unorthojocks.

 

TERROSO = TERRIFIC

First-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) has been stellar in her debut season with the Bulldogs, entering this week second in the Ivy League in save percentage (.797, fifth in the nation) and third in saves per game (7.00, 15th in the nation). She made a season-high 17 saves Sept. 23 against a nationally ranked Harvard squad, and went on to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors. That was the most saves in a game for a Yale goalie since Emilie Katz '17 stopped 21 against Syracuse in 2015.

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.

 

CAREER HIGHS FOR CONDIE

Sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) has improved on her impressive first-year season with the Bulldogs. She has already surpassed her goal and point totals from a year ago (3-5-11 last year, 5-3-13 this year). She is tied for second on the team in goals and is third in points.

Condie is a graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. Last year she earned Yale's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey. She was a member of USA Field Hockey's U17 National Team in 2014-15.

 

YALE'S SCOT GETS HOT

First-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is heating up as the season wears on, scoring goals in four of the last seven games and moving into second on the team points (5-6-16) and a tie for second in goals. She leads the team with six assists. Davies, the primary inserter on Yale's penalty corner unit, has 11 points (4-3-11) in the last seven games after totaling three (0-3-3) in the first seven games.

Davies is from Kilmacolm, a village of 4,000 that is approximately 20 miles west of Glasgow. She was a U16 and U18 Selection at the District level from age of 13 up to 17, and was captain at both age groups. She completed the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program to silver level, which involved three years of volunteering, progressing a skill and ensuring she maintained physical excellence.

 

THE SMITH TWINS

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. They have each appeared in all 14 games this season, with Lily making six starts and Katie making one.

 

CAPTAIN KIWI

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. Comizio has been out due to injury this year.

 

AROUND THE WORLD

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.

 

CLASS OF 2021

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, YALE'S CAROLINE RUTH THOMPSON '02 HEAD COACH OF FIELD HOCKEY

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.

 

A SEASON TO BUILD ON

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.

 

CELEBRATING YALE'S 45th

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.

 

COMING SOON: CAROL ROBERTS FIELD HOUSE
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.

 

YALE HONORS THIS SEASON

 

SCOUTING COLUMBIA

Columbia (8-7, 3-2 Ivy League) has gone 8-4 since starting the season with three straight losses. But a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth last Saturday dropped the Lions into a tie for third in the Ivy League, two games behind league-leading Princeton. The Lions lost to the Tigers 3-0 earlier this month.  Back Maeve Doherty, a member of the U.S. National Indoor Team in 2015 and a second team All-Region pick last year, is tied for second in the Ivy League in assists, tied for third in the Ivy League in goals and is third in points (10-9-29).  She also leads the league with eight defensive saves. The Lions have allowed just seven goals in five league games, tied for the second-best goals allowed average (1.40) in the league.

 

SCOUTING BUCKNELL

Bucknell (8-8, 3-2 Patriot League), which plays at No. 21 BU Saturday, has won five of its last six games. That included a pair of last-minute wins last weekend, 2-1 vs. Holy Cross on Saturday (game-winner by forward M.C. Evans with 81 seconds left) and 2-1 at Lock Haven Sunday (game-winner by midfielder Leah Fogelsanger with 15 seconds left). The Bison has clinched its 10th straight appearance in the Patriot League tournament. Forward Brittany Willwerth leads the team in goals and points (7-6-20). Goalie Emily Finn has a .691 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average.

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

 

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