Returning home to Johnson Field this weekend, the Yale field hockey team is ready for a win to snap its three-game losing streak.
Yale (1-5, 0-1 Ivy) will face Princeton (2-4, 1-0) on Saturday and Stanford (8-1, 1-0 Pac-12) on Sunday after spending the prior weekend in Boston.
“These are two teams that have had historically successful seasons,” captain Nicole Wells ’16 said. “But Yale field hockey is not a team that becomes apprehensive when looking at an opposing team’s ranking or current wins. We will take whatever competition that shows up to the field and play at 100 percent.”
Players said that the Bulldogs feel prepared to take on this tough competition. The players’ familiarity with their opponents and their momentum from last weekend may help them secure a win, according to players. Princeton is the team’s second Ivy League opponent of the season, while Bulldogs had the chance to play an away game against Stanford last year.
“The team had a great, strong game against BU on Sunday,” said midfielder and back Emmy Reinwald ’17. “We’re going into this weekend with a positive attitude and looking to build on that.”
The team suffered two losses in Boston, one against rival Harvard on Saturday and the other against Boston University on Sunday in an overtime match.
Although the squad did not win against BU, multiple players credit that game as the best of the season and an indicator of the quality of play to come.
“Despite our loss against BU last Sunday, our performance during that game was probably the highest that it has been yet for this season,” Wells said. “That is our greatest asset right now — everyone bringing out their individual best while playing collectively as a team. …We need to maintain a powerful conviction that we can succeed and have that last until the end of the games.”
The team hopes to capitalize on that conviction, hard work and lots of practice time, according to the players.
The middle of the week is critical as the team gets ready for the weekend.
“We still have a couple days to prepare for Princeton and Stanford,” Wells said. “Each practice will get us closer to executing the game plan that our coach has set for our team.”
If that game plan includes playing with the same intensity they did on Sunday against BU, the Bulldogs expect to finally receive a win for their hard work.
According to forward Alyssa Weiss ’17, playing back-to-back games against challenging opponents is difficult, but the team is ready.
“Our training and team-first attitude has put us in a position where we’re able to battle through fatigue and other obstacles as a team and find success,” Weiss said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to play great hockey and show what we’re capable of.
Saturday’s game against Princeton will begin at noon.