Yale vs. Michigan State Monday 12:00 P.M.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2018 season gets underway Monday for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs host Michigan State at Noon (ESPN+). This is the first of 10 home games this season for Yale -- including three in a row to start the year. The Bulldogs are 7-4 in their last 11 games at Johnson Field.
Building on Last Season's Progress
The Bulldogs have improved their win total compared to the previous season in each of the past two years, and last year's total was the team's best since winning 11 in the 2011 Ivy League championship season. Eight players who started 12 or more games last year return, including the starting goalie and four of the top six goal-scorers.
Returning All-Ivy Honorees
Yale returns a trio of players who earned All-Ivy League honors last year:
- Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) emerged as a second team All-Ivy League honoree last season, finishing second on the team in goals and tied for second in points (7-4-18). Both of those totals represented career highs.
- Sophomore forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland), who could also play midfield, made a smooth transition to the U.S. college level after developing in her native Scotland. She earned second team All-Ivy League honors, leading Yale in assists and tying for second in points (6-6-18).
- Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) is coming off a first team All-Ivy League season, posting a .784 save percentage that ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League. She won a pair of team awards -- the Senior Award and the Amanda Walton Award -- in recognition of her work ethic and ability to overcome challenges.
Senior back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) is Yale's captain. She brings 44 career games of experience into 2018, including 31 starts. She started all 17 games last season and earned the team's Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. Kisa will face her twin sister, Kristin, when Yale hosts Davidson on Sept. 30.
Carol Roberts Field House
This season marks the debut of Yale's newest facility: Carol Roberts Field House. The building is the first 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 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot facility includes 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.
The Bulldogs will dedicate Carol Roberts Field House on Alumnae Weekend (Sept. 28-30). Yale hosts Princeton that Friday and Davidson that Sunday.
The Yale Staff
Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, enters her 14th season at Yale's helm. Her staff includes one newcomer: Kristen O'Rourke, who brings eight years of coaching experience -- including roles with USA Field Hockey. The returning staff includes Jess Barnett and Mary Beth Barham '13.
Yale's home games, Ivy League road games, and select other games will be available on ESPN+ this year. Links will be available on yalebulldogs.com for each game. International viewers who cannot get ESPN+ can watch on the Yale portal presented by Stretch Internet.
Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten), which plays at Quinnipiac Sunday, is on a three-game swing through Connecticut. The Spartans lost at No. 1 UConn 5-0 last Friday, the second time in three games they have been shut out.
Coming off an 8-10 season, Michigan State had three players named to the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Preseason Players to Watch list: midfielder Cara Bonshak, forward Madison O'Neill and forward Lia Sinisi. MSU's coaching staff includes Tamara Durante, who spent 10 seasons on the Yale coaching staff before joining the Spartans in 2015.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity