Bulldogs Ready to Open 2004 Season
Coming off a 2003 season which saw the Bulldogs win a second consecutive ECAC title, head coach Ainslee Lamb expects nothing less for 2004. Yale, which won 10 of its last 12 games en route to a second-place Ivy league finish, will count on the leadership of five seniors to continue its success. Yale's seniors bring a wealth of experience to the team, as all five played in at least 16 games last year. Senior midfielder Chrissy Hall will lead Yale as the 2004 team captain. A consistent performer at both ends of the field, Hall is part of a very talented midfield group. Also anchoring the midfield for the Bulldogs are a pair of senior All-Ivy standouts. Sarah Driscoll was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy after leading the league in assists with 14 --a total which gives her a Yale record 38 for her career. She finished third on the team in total points and will be counted on for scoring punch. Fellow senior Meredith Hudson is Yale's leading returning scorer and an All-Ivy pick from a year ago. Hudson, who appeared in all 18 games in 2003, recorded nine goals and four assists last year. Senior Elizabeth Topp had five goals in 2003 - including the game-winner against Penn in the ECAC championship game. She is a key offensive weapon and will be used on offensive corners. Joining Topp at forward is senior Meredith Howell. Last year, Howell tallied three goals in 16 games played. The junior class will provide defensive support. Marly Gillece, a back, appeared in ten games last fall and contributed one goal. Classmate Grace Morris brings defensive leadership, a hallmark of coach Lamb's teams. Katie Rivkin, a solid midfielder who appeared in 13 games, adds to this experienced corps. Due to the graduation of two-time All-Ivy goalkeeper Krissy Nesburg, Yale will need an answer in goal. Junior Kate Crandall, who saw limited time while backing up Nesburg, is talented and ready to assume the role of starter. With nine members, the sophomores are the deepest of Yale's four classes. Trish Bissett - a three-time Ivy Rookie of the Week and second team all-Ivy selection- is third among returning players with 11 points. Lindsay Collins, a midfielder who appeared in all 18 games, had a goal and an assist last fall. Classmate Heather Orrico, also a midfielder, played in 16 games and will provide experience and depth at midfield. Rachel Lentz and Allison Spitzer will look to crack the varsity midfield lineup. Emily Palilonis is the most experienced of the sophomore backs, as she appeared in 13 games her freshman year. Joining her on defense is Jennifer Slough. Sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander will provide depth in goal. Six freshmen join the Bulldogs this fall. Kelsey Alloo (Los Altos, CA), Alexandra Ebling (Deerfield, MA), Lorrie Kiger (Pittsburgh, PA), Catherine Lindroth (Farmington, CT), Beth Raveche (Hoboken, NJ), and Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff Manor, NY) bring impressive credentials to New Haven and are expected to contribute immediately.