Yale Hosts Columbia Saturday for Senior Day

The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2019: Brooke Reese, Jackie Kisa, Chaney Kalinich and Marissa Medici. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2019: Brooke Reese, Jackie Kisa, Chaney Kalinich and Marissa Medici. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Yale vs. Columbia Saturday 12:00 P.M.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
The home portion of the 2018 schedule comes to an end for the Yale field hockey team this Saturday as the Bulldogs host Columbia (12:00 p.m., ESPN+). In addition to seeking their third Ivy League win, the Bulldogs will honor their senior class: goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.), midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.) and forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

Class of 2019

Saturday marks the final home game for Yale's senior class. Since joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2015, the seniors have been a part of 27 wins. They have also helped Yale Field Hockey earn the NFHCA National Academic Team Award each of the past three seasons. Here is a further look at their accomplishments:


  • Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) has overcome an injury that cost her the 2017 season to return to playing this season. She also played for the Puerto Rican national team in the FIH Open Series in Salamanca, Mexico, this past June. She made her Yale debut last Sunday, helping the Bulldogs to a 5-2 win vs. Lehigh. A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree, she is a molecular biophysics and biochemistry major in Davenport College, and is part of Yale's five-year Master's in Public Health program.
  • Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.) has not missed a game in her career and has made 42 starts. She has been a key part of Yale's attack penalty corner as a stick stop the last four years. She is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and was an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction in her first year. She is an environmental studies major in Ezra Stiles College.
  • Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) has been one of Yale's most efficient scorers throughout her career. In 62 career games and 15 career starts, she has nine goals on 29 shots. In her first year she earned the team's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a first year team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey. Last year she was an NFHCA National Academic Squad selection. She is a history of art major in Davenport College.
  • Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) has been one of Yale's top backs throughout her career. She has 59 career games played and 45 career starts. Last season she received the team's Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. This season, she had the opportunity to play against her twin sister Kristin when Yale hosted Davidson. She is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major in Jonathan Edwards College.

Bulldogs Split Weekend at Home

Yale (8-7, 2-3 Ivy League) split a pair of games at Johnson Field last weekend, falling to Penn 2-0 on Saturday but rebounding to beat Lehigh 5-2 on Sunday. Five different players scored goals in the win vs. the Mountain Hawks, including the first career goal for first-year forward Kelly Dolan (Hamden, Conn.) and the first goal of the season for sophomore forward Anissa Abboud (Bethlehem, Pa.). With the score 1-0 Yale at halftime, senior goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) came in for her first career appearance and made two saves to help seal the victory.

Spreading the Wealth

Yale's eight game-winning goals this season have come from eight different players, with at least one in each class:

Terroso Racks Up Achievements

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) has been playing some of her best field hockey of late. She has allowed one goal or less in four of her last six appearances and has stopped at least 75 percent of the shots she has faced six times in the last seven games. She earned her first shutout of the season at Cornell on Oct. 6. 

Terroso was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 8, the second time this season she has earned that honor. Terroso helped the Bulldogs go 2-0, totaling 18 saves -- including a season-high 11 in the 4-3 win at Dartmouth Oct. 13. Her career high is 17 saves, set last season vs. Harvard.

Terroso was also named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 3. She stopped 14 of the 18 shots she faced in Yale's three victories that week, posting a .778 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average.

Terroso was a first team All-Ivy League selection last season, when her .784 save percentage ranked eighth in the country and second in the Ivy League. She is a member of Davenport College and a graduate of Dallastown Area High School. One of her club coaches, Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club, played field hockey at Yale and is the mother of her Yale teammate, first year midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.).

Davies Among Top Scorers

Sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is tied for the team lead in goals and points (6-3-15). She scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 win vs. Hofstra Sept. 7, including the game-winner. She is shooting a team-best .400.

Davies made a smooth transition to the U.S. college level after developing in her native Scotland. She earned second team All-Ivy League honors last year, leading Yale in assists and tying for second in points (6-6-18).

Condie Consistent in Scoring

Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) is third on the team in goals and tied for first on the team in points (5-5-15). That includes six points (2-2-6) in the last four games. She scored at least one point in each of the first three games: one in the first game, two in the second game and three in the third game.

Condie emerged as a second team All-Ivy League honoree last season, finishing second on the team in goals and tied for second in points (7-4-18). Both of those totals represented career highs.

First Year Impact

Yale's first-year class -- midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.), forward Kelly Dolan (Hamden, Conn.), back Laine Garber (Downingtown, Pa.), back Katie Pieterse (Ridgefield, Conn.) and midfielder Alissa Wong (West Vancouver, B.C.) -- has already made an impact on the team. The first years have totaled 59 games played and 33 starts, with Dillman (15 starts) and Wong (14 starts) leading the way. The class has accounted for 10 goals -- including two game-winners -- along with five assists and 47 shots. This past Sunday in the 5-2 win vs. Lehigh Dolan scored her first career goal.

International Bulldogs

There are five different countries represented on Yale's roster. In addition to the 16 student-athletes from the United States, the Bulldogs have five internationals:

Home Field Advantage

Yale plays 10 of its 17 games at home this season, including four of the last five. The Bulldogs are 13-7 in their last 20 games at Johnson Field.

Building on Last Season's Progress

The Bulldogs have improved their win total compared to the previous season in each of the past two years, and last year's total (nine) was the team's best since winning 11 in the 2011 Ivy League championship season. Eight players who started 12 or more games last year return, including the starting goalie and four of the top six goal-scorers.

Carol Roberts Field House

This season marks the debut of Yale's newest facility: Carol Roberts Field House. The building, which was dedicated in a special ceremony on Sept. 28, is the first of its kind at Yale -- a comprehensive space that meets the needs of two women's teams. Situated between Johnson Field (home to the Yale field hockey team) and 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium (home to the Yale softball team), the 5,900-square-foot facility includes spacious locker rooms, a training room, a satellite coaches' office, a team meeting space and a second-story observation roof deck featuring a glass-walled event space.

The Yale Staff

Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, is in her 14th season at Yale's helm. Her staff includes one newcomer: Kristen O'Rourke, who brings eight years of coaching experience -- including roles with USA Field Hockey. The returning staff includes Jess Barnett and Mary Beth Barham '13.

Viewing Options

Yale's home games, Ivy League road games, and select other games will be available on ESPN+ this year. Links will be available on yalebulldogs.com for each game.

International viewers who cannot get ESPN+ can watch on the Yale portal presented by Stretch Internet.

Scouting Columbia

Columbia (7-7, 2-3 Ivy League) is tied for fourth place in the Ivy League with Dartmouth and Yale. The Lions have lost four of their last five games and been shut out twice in that span. Eight of Columbia's games this season have been decided by one goal, and the Lions are 3-5 in those games. They have gone to overtime five times.

Midfielder Jennifer Trieschman, an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last season, is fourth in the Ivy League in goals and tied for fourth in points (9-3-21).

Caroline Nelson-Nichols is in her fourth season as Columbia's head coach. She is a former U.S. National Team member and a two-time Olympian.

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