Rye Graduate Topples Yale’s 32-Year-Old Scoring Record

In the final game of her collegiate career, Yale’s Ashley McCauley – a 2006 Rye High graduate – broke the Ivy League school’s three-decade-old career field hockey scoring record.

With one point for an assist and two for a goal, McCauley entered the game one point shy of Emily Montgomery’s longstanding mark of 98, but finished Senior Day in style November 7 by tying the record with an assist and then hitting 100 on a goal in the Bulldogs’ 6-2 victory over visiting Brown. The win was a Yale-record sixth in Ivy League play. They completed the season 12-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference, and also set a school record for points in a season (142).

Ashley McCauley (dspics.com)

“I knew I was one point away, but I was really just focused on getting the win,” said McCauley. “Our games against Brown went terribly the last two years, so this one was particularly important to the team. The coolest part is definitely that we were able to go 6-1 in the Ivy League, something that Yale hasn’t done before. The record is truly a testament to the entire team.”

Although the Bulldogs did not finish first in the Ivy League (Princeton was a perfect 7-0), McCauley said the season was a huge success and could potentially be a turning point for the program. According to the senior, Yale is now a team that can come from behind as well as a squad that pulls out the close games. It’s hard to argue with her, considering the Bulldogs ended the year on a six-game winning streak that included a pair of overtime victories against conference foes Penn and Columbia.

McCauley’s 100-point record is likely one that won’t fall anytime soon. The closest anyone previously came to the number set in 1978 was an 87-point effort in 1993. It would have been hard to even imagine McCauley’s milestone moment coming after her freshman year. She recorded just one point that season. A scoring blizzard began her sophomore year however, with the former Garnet averaging 33 points a season from 2007-09. The production has coincided with a bevy of awards, including a second straight first-team All-Ivy League honor awarded November 12. She was also second team All-Region in 2008.

Ashley McCauley (22) celebrates after dishing record-tying assist (photo by Sam Rubin)

For McCauley, the scoring record will likely be the final entry to a field hockey resume that began in the eighth grade.

“There are so many great memories from Rye because I was playing with all my great friends,” she said. “I’ve been so lucky because the Yale team chemistry is unbelievable. I’ve gotten to play four years with my best friends here. It has been a ton of fun and I have learned a lot about myself, other people, competing, and life. I definitely wouldn’t trade in the opportunity to play a college sport if I were to do it all over again.”

While the field hockey chapter closes for one McCauley, it still rages on for another. Morgan McCauley, a 2008 Rye graduate, was recently tabbed second-team All-NESCAC after a strong season for the Wesleyan field hockey team. The sophomore led the Cardinals in scoring with nine goals and four assists for 22 points.

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