If last weekend was hard for Yale field hockey, this weekend looks to be even harder.
The Bulldogs are facing tough back-to-back matchups at Johnson Field this weekend, playing Princeton on Saturday and Lock Haven on Sunday.
The game against Princeton (5-1, 1-0 Ivy) is especially important, as it follows Yale’s disappointing league loss against Harvard last Saturday in Cambridge.
The only common team that both the Elis and the Tigers have played so far this season is the University of Connecticut. Yale lost, 1-3. Princeton lost, 2-3. For the Tigers, the defeat to UConn has been the only one this season.
The Princeton-Yale matchup has ended in a Tiger victory in every game over the past five years. But that doesn’t mean that the Bulldogs haven’t give them a good game.
Last season, Princeton won, 2-0, but Yale was one of only six teams to hold the Tigers to two goals. By the end of last year’s game, Princeton had a 17-3 edge in penalty corners, and a 25-8 edge in shots. Charlotte Goins ’10 kept Yale in the game by saving 13 of those shots.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs find another strong opponent in Lock Haven (7-2). The Lady Eagles are a formidable team, having won the Northeast Conference Championship each of the past two years. When the teams last met, the Lady Eagles handed the Elis a 3-1 loss, dominating with a 21-9 shot margin and an 11-5 edge in penalty corners.