NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On a day where the Yale field hockey first-year class shined again, a senior made her mark as well -- and the result was a 5-2 win vs. Lehigh. Five different Bulldogs scored, including three first years. The score was just 1-0 at halftime, though -- and that's when senior goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich came in for the first minutes of her career, helping spur the Bulldogs on to victory. She finished with a pair of saves. The game also saw first-year forward Kelly Dolan score her first career goal, and sophomore forward Anissa Abboud score her first goal of the season.
Kalinich's story is one of perseverance. For the first two years of her career at Yale she was behind 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Emilie Katz '17. Kalinich then missed last season due to injury, and sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso came in and earned first team All-Ivy League honors. Kalinich recovered in time to play for the Puerto Rican national team this past June, and on Sunday was finally able to get some time for Yale.
"Chaney has been an amazing team player," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "You come out to practice, you see her working as hard as anybody. She's done everything possible to keep up with recovery from her injury, and she hasn't missed a beat. She practices every day to be ready when her name is called, and it was great to see that pay off today."
Yale's 1-0 lead at the half came courtesy of a goal from Abboud, off an assist by junior midfielder Bridget Condie at 20:09.
Kalinich came on in relief of Terroso at the half, and within a span of just over 11 minutes the Bulldogs' lead grew to 4-0. First-year midfielder Alissa Wong stated the run by stealing the ball deep in Lehigh territory and scoring at 40:13, her second goal of the season. Four minutes later -- off a shot by first-year forward Théodora Dillman on a corner -- Dolan deflected the ball in for her first career goal.
"Kelly's just a great athlete," said Stuper. "She has so much speed and is very competitive. We can always count on her to pressure the ball on defense and create opportunities on attack. On corners, she's a person we are training to go to the post and look for rebounds. She reads and anticipates really well."
Dillman scored two minutes later to make it 4-0. Led by six goals from Dillman, Yale's first-year class has accounted for 10 of the team's 26 goals.
"Even when it was just 1-0 at half, we still had a lot of opportunities, and we kept telling the players that they will fall," said Stuper. "That was the difference when we had that flurry -- we were in the right place to finish."
Lehigh (2-15, 1-5 Patriot League) made things interesting by scoring a pair of goals in a span of 44 seconds to pull within 4-2 with 8:12 to play. But Condie put the game out of reach at 67:52, scoring her fifth goal of the season.
Abboud is now the eighth different player to score a game-winning goal for Yale (8-7, 2-3 Ivy League). The Bulldogs host Columbia next Saturday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity