The Yale field hockey team heads to New York City this Friday to take on Columbia (6:00 p.m., ESPN+). The Bulldogs have won three of the last four in the series, including a 4-3 overtime win on their last trip to Columbia.
Yale (4-7, 1-2 Ivy League) fell to a pair of nationally ranked teams last weekend, staying even with each until the third quarter. But ultimately No. 13 Harvard (two penalty corner goals in the third quarter) and No. 20 UMass (three penalty corner goals in the second half) pulled away for 3-1 and 3-0 wins respectively. Junior midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.) scored Yale’s goal.
Friday at Columbia caps a stretch of 15 days in which Yale plays five games, including four on the road. The Bulldogs then finish the season with five games in 22 days, including four at home.
YOUTH IS SERVED
Yale’s most recent starting lineup featured three sophomores (midfielder Rachel Brown (West Hills, Calif.), forward/midfielder Ashley Kim (Fredericksburg, Va.) and goalkeeper Luanna Summer (St. Louis, Mo.)) and two first years (forward Ellie Barlow (Dunmow, Essex, England) and back Keely Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.)).
BULLDOGS AMONG IVY GOALS, ASSISTS AND SAVES LEADERS
The Yale offense features two of the top eight goal scorers in the Ivy League: sophomore forward Lena Ansari (Glenview, Ill.) and junior midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.). Dillman is fifth with six, tying her career high. Ansari is in a three-way tie for sixth with five goals. Senior midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) is tied for seventh in the league in assists with five. Sophomore goalkeeper Luanna Summer (St. Louis, Mo.) leads the Ivy League in saves with 67 — 16 more than any other goalie in the league. Summer’s 13 saves at then-No. 17 Princeton Oct. 1 are the most in a game by any Ivy League keeper this season.
Of Yale’s seven losses this season, four have been by one goal (three in overtime) and two have been by two goals. The Bulldogs’ only three-goal loss came when No. 20 UMass scored with five seconds left for a 3-0 win Oct. 10.
Columbia (6-4, 0-3 Ivy League) is playing its first season under former Lion player and assistant coach Katie DeSandis, who took over as head coach in June 2020. The Lions got off to a 6-0 start — the best in program history — but have since dropped four in a row, including three Ivy League games. They have been held scoreless in three straight games. Goalkeeper Alexa Conomikes is second in the Ivy League in saves (51).