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FIELD HOCKEY: Yale takes down Sacred Coronary heart, Drexel in residence opener

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FIELD HOCKEY: Yale takes down Sacred Coronary heart, Drexel in residence opener

On the newly-renovated Johnson Area, the Bulldogs improved to three–1 with two extra wins because the alumni cheered from the sidelines.

Ben Raab

10:38 pm, Sep 13, 2022

Contributing Reporter

FIELD HOCKEY: Yale takes down Sacred Coronary heart, Drexel in residence opener

In its residence opener, the Yale area hockey group (3–1, 0–0 Ivy) continued its early sizzling streak with a 1–0 victory over Sacred Coronary heart (0–4, 0–0 NEC) on Friday, and prolonged their profitable streak in opposition to Drexel (report, 0–0 CAA) on Sunday 2–1.

These have been the group’s first video games on the newly-renovated Johnson Area. Yale Athletics marked the event — along side the sphere hockey program’s fiftieth anniversary — with a large turnout for Alumni Weekend. 

Beneath the Friday night time lights, the Bulldogs took on Connecticut rival Sacred Coronary heart. The groups battled exhausting within the first half, however got here up scoreless when the buzzer sounded on the half. 

The break between intervals should have put a fireplace underneath the Elis, as lower than a minute into the third quarter, ahead Ellie Barlow ’25 deflected the ball into the Pioneers’ web off her personal penalty nook. 

Sacred Coronary heart had a tough time attending to the opposite aspect of the sphere, solely getting two photographs off, neither of which made it to goalie Luanna Summer time ’24. 

On Sunday, Yale discovered itself underneath intense strain within the opening minutes of the sport. Summer time was pressured into three saves throughout the first 5 minutes, together with a vital deflection off a penalty nook that drew a roar from the fan part. The Bulldogs’ bend-but-don’t-break philosophy can be a continuing theme all through the sport.

Whereas Drexel struggled to execute on probabilities in its offensive zone, Yale wasted no time changing on its first large likelihood of the sport. Midfielder captain Alissa Wong ’23 gathered the ball on the prime of the zone and lasered a go in to Barlow, who redirected it in. Drexel, unfazed by the 1–0 deficit, continued to push again the Yale protection, incomes a number of penalty corners. 

With seconds remaining within the first quarter, Drexel’s Amber Brouwer broke the Yale strains on a breakaway alternative and seemed sure to attain, however was thwarted by a charging Summer time, who demonstrated unbelievable consciousness and reflexes to make a diving save, her fifth of the interval. 

Yale prolonged its result in 2–0 within the second quarter after ahead Poppy Beales ’26 scored her first profession objective off a nifty backhand from open play. Beales, who hails from Norfolk, England, was enjoying in her first ever sport at Johnson Area. 

“I simply picked it up, contested the middle again, managed to drag it again and get the shot off,” Beales stated. “I didn’t suppose it was entering into initially.” 

Beales’ objective was made potential after an amazing takeaway by midfielder Théodora Dillman ’23, who intercepted a go and led the counterattack. 

Yale continued to face strain from the Drexel assault within the second half and eventually conceded a objective from the penalty spot when Drexel was awarded a penalty stroke. The controversial name led to a video assessment, one of many new NCAA guidelines forward of the 2022 season.

The video assessment system is only one a part of a multi-million greenback renovation to Johnson Area. Beforehand notorious for its giant exterior space of darkish blue turf surrounding an interior, royal blue area, the sphere now has extra conventional inexperienced turf. One other main addition is the brand new video scoreboard, which may present replays and pre-game hype up movies. 

Jackie Kisa ’19, a former captain who traveled from New York to attend the sport, stated she believes the renovations will affect the group’s success.

“The brand new scoreboard is sport altering in the case of evaluations and hyping up the group earlier than the sport,” she stated. “I want we had that in our yr.”

Kisa, an avid fan of this system, was assured Yale may hold on to its slim lead heading into the fourth interval saying that the group “has all the time been a final quarter kinda group.”

Kisa would show to be appropriate, as Yale in some way managed to shut out the sport regardless of being pressured to defend one other seven penalty corners. The Dragons had 26 photographs, together with 15 on track. Summer time, who completed with a career-high 14 saves, consistently acquired cheers from the packed stands and was a vital participant for the win. 

Head coach Melissa Gonzalez praised her group for capitalizing on probabilities and its robust defensive spine, but additionally emphasised a necessity for enchancment in sure areas. 

“Our defensive nook unit actually shined in opposition to an amazing Drexel opponent who generated a whole lot of alternatives. Having the ability to end two of our 4 probabilities additionally needs to be celebrated,” Gonzalez stated. “Heading into this weekend, we’ll be seeking to refine our counter construction, possession and our alternative [and] timing of tackles.”

Gonzalez, who took over as head coach forward of this season after longtime coach Pam Stuper stepped right down to take a place inside USA area hockey, gave all of the credit score to the group for her first ever residence win. 

Gonzalez additionally credited the followers for his or her large alumni day turnout. 

“The massive crowd set an unbelievable environment for the group to play in,” Gonzalez stated. “We have been celebrating 50 years of Yale area hockey, and to have the chance to play in entrance of alums, followers, household and pals was particular for the group.”

The Yale area hockey group will look to maintain its momentum going when it heads to New York to play Colgate (2–4, 0–0 Patriot) on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. 

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