NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The rivalry between Yale and Quinnipiac in field hockey has been marked by close games recently, and Sunday's edition at Johnson Field kept that trend intact. The back-and-forth battle went to overtime before a goal by midfielder Dayna Barlow gave the Bobcats a 3-2 win.
This was the second time in three years the teams have gone to OT and the eighth straight time they have played a game decided by one goal.
Yale (7-9, 3-3 Ivy League) put together a strong first half despite allowing a goal just 10:02 in (QU forward/midfielder Valerie Perkins). The Bulldogs answered almost immediately, as senior forward Danee Fitzgerald deflected in a shot by forward/midfielder Carol Middough 27 seconds later. And less than three minutes after that, after the ball popped up in front of the cage following a save by Quinnipiac goalie Olivia Golini on a Yale corner, sophomore forward Brooke Reese knocked in her fourth goal of the year -- on just seven shots.
Senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz made a pair of saves on a Quinnipiac corner late in the first half. Yale would outshoot Quinnipiac (5-13, 3-4 Big East) 11-6 in the first, but some big saves by Golini kept her team in the game -- including one on Fitzgerald with less than three minutes to go in the first. Then, just over two minutes into the second, a goal by Bobcats forward Michelle Federico tied things up and set the stage for another tense finish. After drawing a corner at the end of regulation, Yale set up Middough for a shot that sailed just wide.
The skies had been sunny at the outset of the game, but clouds started rolling in during the second half and as overtime started the rain began. That added to the drama, which played out in front of several hundred fans with both teams well-represented. Katz made a pair of saves in OT, but Barlow's goal at 73:00 provided a frustrating finish for the Bulldogs.
This was the final home game for Yale's seniors -- Fitzgerald, Katz, midfielder/back Steffi Katz and forward Alyssa Weiss -- who were all honored before the game. In a unique twist, Quinnipiac also held its Senior Day ceremony before the game. The Bobcats have been using Johnson Field as their home turf this season while they await construction of their new field. Quinnipiac's season is now over; Yale finishes its season next Saturday at Brown. The Bulldogs bring a string of three straight Ivy League wins into that game, on the heels of Saturday's 2-0 win vs. Columbia.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity