Offense Erupts for 7-4 Win at Dartmouth

Jackie Kisa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackie Kisa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

HANOVER, N.H. – The Yale field hockey team enjoyed its best day on offense in five years on Saturday, besting Dartmouth 7-4. Balance was one of the keys to Yale's attack, as six different players scored goals and three different players had assists. Junior midfielder/forward Katie Smith led the way with a pair of goals.

The goals came early and often for Yale (5-7, 1-3 Ivy League) in the first half, starting with a penalty corner goal by junior forward/midfielder Carol Middough at 6:45 off assists by junior back Kiwi Comizio and freshman forward/midfielder Bridget Condie. That was a sign of things to come on a day where Condie and Middough combined for 14 shots and helped Yale keep constant pressure on Dartmouth offensively.

"Carol and Bridget were outstanding," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "They did a great job in the midfield, and that was a big part of our ability to generate attack."

Dartmouth (3-9, 0-4 Ivy League) tied the game 40 seconds later, but Yale then went back ahead at 12:37 when senior forward Danee Fitzgerald tipped in a shot by Comizio on a corner. Just over a minute later, Smith extended the lead with her first goal of the year.

After the Big Green got within 3-2 Yale went on another run, started by sophomore forward Brooke Reese knocking in a loose ball in the circle for her third goal of the season -- on just five shots. Smith then scored again off an assist by sophomore forward Allie Carrigan, and Carrigan scored on her own at 29:32 to cap a stretch of three goals in less than four minutes for the Bulldogs. She and Fitzgerald are now tied for second on the team with four goals.

"For Danee, that was one of the best games she's ever played for us," said Stuper. "She and Allie were very effective on the front line, and both were instrumental in the attack."

A penalty corner goal by Dartmouth at the end of the first made the score 6-3 Yale at halftime. The scoring tapered off in the second half, but not before a new face got involved for the Bulldogs. Sophomore back Jackie Kisa got moved up to forward and started on Saturday, and she promptly delivered her first career goal. That tally, at 38:01 of the second, effectively put the game out of reach for Dartmouth. A goal by the Big Green at 50:53 made the final 7-4.

This was Yale's best offensive output since Nov. 5, 2011 -- the day the Bulldogs clinched a share of the Ivy League title with a 7-0 win vs. Brown at Johnson Field.

"The team stuck to the game plan we had on attack," said Stuper. "We were very effective at finishing, and that was something we had struggled with in some of our previous games. We took a lot more shots [30, a season high] and that allowed us to produce more goals. One of the strengths of this team is that we can get goals from a variety of people."

Senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz finished with six saves.

Yale travels to No. 1 UConn Sunday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity