The Yale field hockey team will look to finish one of most successful seasons in the program’s history with in its game against Brown (5–11, 0–6 Ivy) Saturday at Johnson Field.
The Bulldogs (11–5, 5–1) are in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League, one game behind the Princeton (13–2, 6–0). Saturday’s showdown will, in all likelihood, be the final game of the year for the Elis, whose best chance at securing a spot in the NCAA tournament is an at-large bid. Though they have received votes in the NFCHA coaches’ poll for the past four weeks, it is unlikely that Yale will receive enough votes to secure a spot in the 16-team field.
But just because the game’s postseason implications may be minimal does not mean the matchup with the Bears will will not be meaningful for the Bulldogs. Saturday is Yale’s Senior Day, and the class of 2010 is statistically one of the highest achieving in school history, particularly on the individual level.
Midfielder Katie Cantore ’10 has already broken Yale’s single-season assist record and, with 28 career assists, has solidified her place as second all-time in Yale history. Fellow forward Ashley McCauley ’10 has 14 points in her last six games, and now sits just one point behind Emily Montgomery ’78 for first all-time in that category. With 42 career goals, she sits five tallies behind Montgomery’s school record of 47.
Captain Julia Weiser ’10, goalie Charlotte Goins ’10 (a Second Team All-Ivy selection in 2007), forward Lesley Kiger ’10 and back Stephanie Colantonio ’10 will also have their college careers honored in the festivities Saturday.
Looking to spoil the moment are the Bears, who are coming off a 4–0 loss at the hands of the Penn Quakers last Saturday.
With a win, the Bulldogs will round out the season with a 12–5 record, 6–1 in the Ivy League, giving the members of class of 2010 the first winning season of their careers. The game begins Saturday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Field.