FIELD HOCKEY | Bulldogs clinch first Ivy win

Field hockey captain Maddy Sharp ’13 and the rest of the team’s seniors have beaten Harvard in every year of their Yale careers. The Elis next take the field against No. 1 Princeton on Saturday.
Field hockey captain Maddy Sharp ’13 and the rest of the team’s seniors have beaten Harvard in every year of their Yale careers. The Elis next take the field against No. 1 Princeton on Saturday. Photo by Brianne Bowen.

After securing their fourth consecutive victory against Harvard on Saturday, the field hockey team’s class of 2013 will graduate undefeated in their version of The Game.

Mary Beth Barham ’13 dealt Harvard (1–4, 0–1 Ivy) a game-ending blow in overtime with a goal off a penalty corner from Brooke Gogel ’14, clinching the historic win for Yale. The Bulldogs (2–3, 1–0) then suffered a loss to the undefeated No. 5 University of Connecticut (7–0) on Sunday.

“I think everybody really had the desire, the desire to win and the desire to finish in that game, because it’s obviously a big rivalry,” Barham said. “And for us seniors it was the fourth year, so we swept them throughout our career.”

Barham scored both of Yale’s goals against Harvard. The first goal, coming just over 24 minutes in the first half, gave Yale an early lead, and the second, off Gogel’s assist, allowed Yale to pull ahead permanently in overtime.

It was Gogel’s first time back on the field since her freshman year, when she suffered a back injury. The forward has served as the team manager since then. As the team reshuffled its roster to account for starting midfielder and back Georgia Holland’s ’14 absence because of a season-ending knee injury, Gogel stepped up and earned the team its game-winning assist.

“She’s been so diligent with her rehab and taking care of herself and getting her into a position to be able to play again,” Stuper said. “It’s great to have her back on the field.”

Gogel said in an email that she had spent the past week training hard in practice to prepare for the weekend and added that she is excited to again contribute to the team on the field.

“It felt absolutely incredible to beat Harvard,” Gogel said. “The seniors made school history, since they are the only Yale field hockey team to have won against Harvard four years in a row.”

She added that in the UConn game, the defense continued its solid performance and did not allow any goals in open field play.

Gogel and Barham played again on Sunday against UConn, but this time Yale could not muster a victory over the national field hockey powerhouse and fell 3–0. The Elis were outshot 28–1.

Stuper said she was impressed with the team’s ability to improve in every game and added that she was especially proud of the team’s performances against Harvard and in the first half of the UConn game.

“There’s been some adversities and challenges for us early on this season and I think the team’s really shown a tremendous amount of fortitude, persevered to really battle through those things and I think we’ve gotten stronger and stronger each game, which is always exciting to see.”

The Bulldogs are at home next weekend and will take on Princeton next Saturday at noon and Sacred Heart on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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