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Senior Day Saturday as Yale Hosts Brown

The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2018: Katie Smith, Carol Middough, Kiwi Comizio, Tess Thompson and Lily Smith. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2018: Katie Smith, Carol Middough, Kiwi Comizio, Tess Thompson and Lily Smith. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

YALE vs. BROWN SATURDAY 1:00 P.M.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Just one game remains in the 2017 season for the Yale field hockey team, but there is still much at stake. The Bulldogs enter the weekend at .500, so a win would give them a winning record. Nine wins would be their most in a season since winning 11 in the 2011 Ivy League Championship season. Saturday's game vs. Brown (1:00 p.m., Ivy League Network) will also include Senior Day ceremonies, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the five members of the Class of 2018: back Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.), forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.), midfielder/forward Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), midfielder/forward Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and back Tess Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

CLASS OF 2018

Saturday marks the final game for Yale's senior class. Entering the weekend, they have led the Bulldogs to 21 victories and helped the team earn the NFHCA National Academic Team honor three times. Here is a further look at their accomplishments:

  • Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) started all 51 games in the first three years of her career before an injury sidelined her this season. This year, her teammates elected her captain. Last year she earned the team's Player of the Year Award and was a second team All-Ivy League selection, leading the team in assists with nine. A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, she is a political science major in Pierson College.
  • Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) has emerged as one of the best offensive players in school history. She is third on Yale's career goals list (38), five away from second place (Ashley McCauley '10) and eight away from first place (Emily Montgomery '78). She is sixth in career points (84), two away from fifth (Lindsay Hobbs '99). Middough's 15 goals this year tie her for sixth on the Yale single-season list, eight away from the record set by Anne Keating '77 in 1976. Her 34 points place her seventh, with Keating holding the season record of 46 points (set in 1976, when assist totals were not available). She is tied for the Ivy League lead in goals, and she leads the league in points. Her .94 goals per game average is 12th in the country. She has led the team in goals and points for each of the previous two years, and is a two-time second team All-Ivy League selection. She is a history of art major in Pierson College.
  • Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) has not missed a game for her career, making 44 starts and totaling 14 points. That includes a goal and two assists this season. A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, she is a political science major in Pierson College. She and her identical twin sister Lily have also played lacrosse at Yale since their sophomore year.
  • Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) has also not missed a game for her career, making 48 starts and totaling 11 points. That includes a career-high three goals and seven points this season. A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, she is a psychology major in Pierson College.
  • Tess Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been a stalwart in Yale's backfield since her first year, totaling 65 games played and 31 starts. She has won the team's Coaches Award twice, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. She has also won the team's Amanda Walton Award, given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. And she has won the team's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a first year 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. A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, she is a political science major in Silliman College.

 

PAIR OF ONE-GOAL LOSSES LAST WEEKEND

Yale (8-8, 1-5 Ivy League) lost a pair of one-goal games last weekend, part of a larger trend: the Bulldogs' last six losses have all been by one goal. On Saturday at Columbia they took a 3-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals by senior midfielder/forward Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and one by first-year midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland). After Columbia rallied for a 4-3 lead in the second half, sophomore forward/midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) tied the game with just 35 seconds left in regulation. Columbia scored the game-winner on a corner with time expired in the first overtime. On Sunday in a driving rainstorm at Johnson Field, the Bulldogs had a 2-1 lead on Bucknell after Condie and senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.) scored, but the Bison scored twice in the second half for a 3-2 win.

YALE ON THE OFFENSIVE

Yale starts this week third in the Ivy League in goals per game (2.75), trailing only No. 16 Harvard (3.81) and No. 14 Princeton (2.94). The Bulldogs have scored three or more goals in a game six times, including four times in the last eight games. For the season Yale has 44 goals, the most the team has scored since scoring a school-record 69 in the Ivy League championship season of 2011.

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 (.779, ninth in the nation) and third in saves per game (7.25, 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 surpassed her goal and point totals from a year ago (3-5-11 last year, 7-4-18 this year). She is second on the team in goals and tied for second 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) leads the team in assists with six, and is tied for second in points (6-6-18). Davies, the primary inserter on Yale's penalty corner unit, has 13 points (5-3-13) in the last nine games after totaling five (1-3-5) 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. She is a graduate of St. Columba's.

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.), can 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.

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 BROWN

Brown (1-15, 0-6 Ivy League) is seeking its first win since beating Siena 4-1 on Sept. 15. Back/midfielders Rachel Lanouette and Anagha Nayak are tied for the team lead in goals and points (5-1-11). Goalkeeper Katie Hammaker leads the Ivy League in saves with 131. Jill Reeve, the Bear's head coach, was a teammate of Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, at Old Dominion.

 

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

 

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