Last weekend, the Yale field hockey team finally won two games in a row. This weekend is its chance to keep the streak going.
The Bulldogs (4-8, 1-3 Ivy) face Penn (4-10, 2-2 Ivy League) in New Haven tomorrow. They then travel south for a matchup against Fairfield (4-11) on Sunday.
Yale hopes to gain its second Ivy League win against Penn on Saturday. Though the Quakers have not had a great season so far, the Elis can’t relax just yet. Yale has not beaten Penn since 2003. Last year’s game went into overtime, and while head coach Pam Stuper called it a great effort, the Bulldogs still fell, 4-3.
This season, Margharetha Ehret leads the Quakers in scoring with six goals. Forward Ashley McCauley ’10 tops the Elis with nine. In their 12 games this season, Yale has scored 21 goals, whereas Penn has scored 19 times in their 14 games.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs face the Stags, whom they dominated 7-0 in last year’s matchup. So far this season, both Yale and Fairfield have beaten Holy Cross and lost to Lock Haven. The Stags lost to Sacred Heart, 4-1, a team that the Elis beat, 6-1. But Fairfield also beat Cornell, 1-0, to whom Yale fell, 2-1. Molly Brynes leads the team in scoring with six goals.
The beginning of the Bulldogs’ season was what Stuper called “tough” — filled with nationally ranked teams like UConn and the University of North Carolina. But they have also had games, like the one against Cornell, that they felt they could have won, but didn’t play to their best potential.
Nevertheless, after beating Dartmouth and Hofstra last weekend, Stuper said she believed that the Bulldogs can win their last five games.
The Elis have proven they can hang with Penn and Fairfield. If they can keep their momentum going, they may win a pair of victories against the visiting squads.