FIELD HOCKEY: Bulldogs fall short at Harvard, lose to UMass at home
Field hockey traveled to Cambridge to play Harvard on Friday and played UMass at home for family weekend on Sunday.
After a hard-fought weekend, the Yale field hockey team fell to two Massachusetts schools.
The Bulldogs (6–5, 1–2 Ivy) traveled to Cambridge to play Harvard University (8–3, 3–0 Ivy) on Friday at the Berylson Family Field Hockey Field before hosting the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (10-3, 3-1, A-10) on Sunday.
The Crimson scored twice in the first 10 minutes against the Bulldogs during the game on Friday in Cambridge. The Blue and White played aggressively for the rest of the game, but two more goals from Harvard came in the second and third period. The Bulldogs remained goalless on Friday with the final score reading 4–0.
About a minute into the second period, Ellie Barlow ’25 took a penalty corner that midfielder Théodora Dillman ’23 attempted to convert into a goal, but was blocked by the Crimson’s goalkeeper. Bulldog goalie Luanna Summer ’24 maintained strong form by securing six saves as she played all 60 minutes for the Bulldogs.
“I’m most looking forward to getting back into Ivy play and proving ourselves within the league. Our team goal is top three and that is still very achievable,” Keely Comizio ’25, a sophomore on the team, said. “After this weekend we realized we need to come into every game believing we are as good as the teams we are playing and not start playing scared where we then concede a goal and are forced to come from behind.”
On Sunday, the Bulldogs came home to New Haven to take on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (10–3, 3–1 Atlantic 10) for family weekend at Johnson Field.
The Minutewomen began play by scoring a goal 54 seconds into the game. Although the Minutewomen had the opportunity to put another goal in with six penalty corners throughout the match, goalie Summer remained strong for the second game in a row.
In the tenth and 11th minutes of the first period, the Bulldogs attempted six shots. While the Bulldogs fought hard, the Minutewomen did not let any goals in, leaving the Bulldogs scoreless again this weekend.
“The highlight of the weekend was Sunday, when we debriefed as a team,” coach Gonzalez wrote to the News. “The group has big goals and they’re willing to work towards them. Our focus is set on continually improving and the games ahead.”
The Bulldogs attempted 11 shots against the Minutewomen and Summers completed four saves throughout the game.
Looking ahead, the Blue and White will host Columbia to continue their Ivy League play on Friday.
“In practice, we plan to continue to work hard to get back on track and secure an Ivy win against Columbia.” Julia Freedman ’25 said.
Yale will also host Lafayette on Sunday at Johnson Field.