Yale Leads Ivy League with Five IWLCA Academic Honor Roll SelectionsYale landed an Ivy League-leading five student-athletes on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for the 2010 season, which was announced Monday. The Bulldogs selections were Sarah David 10, Lindsey DeMarco 10, Claire Eliasberg 10, Jessica Sturgill 10 and rising senior Mahi Trivellas.
Yale Earns IWLCA Academic Squad HonorsThe Yale womens lacrosse team has earned IWLCA Academic Squad recognition for its work in the classroom. The IWLCA announced the awards, which included seven of the eight Ivy League schools, on Friday.
Fielding Kidd Elected 2010-11 CaptainJunior defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.) has been elected Yales 2010-11 womens lacrosse captain after a team vote held Monday morning at Ray Tompkins House. She is the 36th captain in program history.
Fiorentino Named MVP as Bulldogs Announce AwardsThe Yale womens lacrosse team announced its annual award winners Monday afternoon at the teams season-ending luncheon. Senior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) won the Bowditch Award as most valuable player, while senior defender Claire Eliasberg (San Diego, Calif.) won the Holgate Award for dedication and sophomore attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) was named Most Improved Player. The Bulldogs also recognized all of the seniors Eliasberg, Fiorentino, attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.), midfielder Sarah David (New Haven, Conn.), attacker Lindsey DeMarco (Marlboro, N.J.), midfielder Natalie Reid (Ellicott City, Md.) and attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) -- with special gifts: engraved pendants.
Fiorentino, Quackenbush and Rhodes Earn All-Ivy RecognitionThree Yale womens lacrosse players were named All-Ivy League on Tuesday following a vote by the leagues eight head coaches. Senior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) and freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) were named second team All-Ivy, while sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors.
Cornell Denies Yales Bid for Spot in Ivy Tournament, 12-5A spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament was at stake Sunday afternoon at a rainy Schoellkopf Field as Yale took on Cornell in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs fell behind 6-2 in the first half but fought back to get within 7-5 with 12:18 to play. That was as close as it would get however, as the Big Red scored the final five goals of the game and earned a spot in the semifinals against Dartmouth next Friday with a 12-5 win.
No. 14 Hoyas Play Spoiler on Senior Night, Beat Bulldogs 15-4Yale was looking to deliver one more highlight for the Class of 2010 on Senior Night at Reese Stadium Friday against No. 14 Georgetown. All seven seniors started and one of them, attacker Jessica Sturgill, led the team with a pair of goals. But in the end, the Hoyas attack was too much, as Georgetown put together a 6-1 run at the start of the game en route to a 15-4 win.
Final Regular Season Weekend Includes Chance to Knock Off Ranked Opponent, Earn Spot in Ivy TournamentA chance to knock off a nationally ranked opponent, and then a chance to earn a spot in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The final weekend of the regular season for the Yale womens lacrosse team will certainly be a busy one. On Friday at Reese Stadium against No. 14 Georgetown, the Bulldogs will pay tribute to the Class of 2010 on Senior Night (7 p.m.). The Bulldogs will also be accepting donations for the "Friends of Jaclyn" program. A win in Sundays game at Cornell (1 p.m.) will extend Yales season and give the Bulldogs a chance to earn the Ivy Leagues automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Powerful in Pink: Seven Different Players Score as Yale Beats Columbia 12-4Even with a spot in the inaugural Ivy League tournament still within reach, the Yale womens lacrosse team took the field Saturday at Reese Stadium vs. Columbia with a heavy dose of perspective about what really mattered. The Bulldogs wore pink uniforms as part of Under Armours Power in Pink breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiative, and they paid tribute to members of the Yale womens lacrosse family impacted by cancer in a ceremony before the game. They then went out and played some inspired lacrosse, beating Columbia 12-4 to keep their chances for a spot in the Ivy tournament intact.
Yale Hosts Columbia for Power in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game SaturdayA spot in the Ivy League tournament hangs in the balance for Yale, but Saturdays game vs. Columbia at Reese Stadium (1:00 p.m.) will also have a much deeper meaning. It is Yales Power in Pink game, and the Bulldogs will wear special pink uniforms as part of a nation-wide campaign in support of breast cancer charities.
Second-Half Surge Lifts Princeton Past Yale 11-2For nearly 30 minutes Saturday afternoon, Yale was locked in a close battle with Princeton. But attacker Kristin Morrisons goal 90 seconds before halftime gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead, and they slowly started pulling away in the second half. By the time they were done, they had run off 10 straight goals for an 11-2 win.
Key Ivy League Game for Bulldogs Saturday at PrincetonPast the halfway point of the league schedule, the Yale womens lacrosse team is in position to claim one of the four spots in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament that will determine who gets the leagues automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Wins in their final three Ancient Eight games would guarantee the Bulldogs a spot. First they look for a victory at Princeton Saturday (1 p.m.) in a game that will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Verizon FiOS1 cable systems.
Devon Rhodes Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the WeekFreshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Monday. Rhodes had 10 goals last week, including a remarkable effort in her first career game against archrival Harvard. Rhodes scored eight goals against the Crimson -- including the game-winner -- in a 17-13 Yale win Saturday at Reese Stadium. That was the most goals in a game by a Yale player in 10 years, dating back to an eight-goal effort by Amanda Walton 02 against Notre Dame. Rhodes played turnover-free lacrosse against the Crimson and shot .667 (eight for 12).
Eight is Enough: Rhodes Huge Day Helps Yale to 17-13 Win Over HarvardSome players perform their best in rivalry games, when the stakes are high. Early indications are that Yale freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes is that type of player. Rhodes scored eight goals -- one shy of the record for goals in an Ivy League game -- to lead Yale to a 17-13 win over Harvard Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium. That was the most goals in a game by a Yale player in 10 years, and the performance highlighted a win that boosts the Bulldogs chances of making the inaugural Ivy League tournament.
Alumnae Day Features 38th Yale-Harvard GameThe Yale-Harvard womens lacrosse rivalry dates all the way back to when the Bulldogs were a club team in the late 1970s, and since going varsity in 1976 Yale is 18-18-1 all-time against the Crimson. The Bulldogs enjoyed an 11-game winning streak in the series until recently, with the teams splitting their last four meetings. In addition to the rivalry factor, Saturdays 11 a.m. start at Reese Stadium also has plenty of other storylines. It is Alumnae Day, and the matchup has Ivy League Tournament implications.
New Hampshire Rallies Past Yale, 13-9After falling behind New Hampshire 5-2 in the first half, the Yale womens lacrosse team rallied back to take a 6-5 lead at the start of the second half. It was the first of three second-half leads the Bulldogs would take, but each time the Wildcats came storming back. In the end, New Hampshire utilized a 6-1 run to finish with a 13-9 win. Senior attacker Jenna Block had a season-high five-point day for Yale.
Quackenbush Honored by womenslacrosse.comGoalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) was selected to the womenslacrosse.com national honor roll Wednesday for her work last week. The sophomore made 28 saves for the week, including a career-high 16 in the 11-9 upset at No. 13 BU Wednesday. That was the most saves in a game by a Yale goalie since Amanda Laws 03 also stopped 16 in a win over Vanderbilt seven years ago. Quackenbushs work helped the Bulldogs beat BU despite being outshot 37-15. She added 12 stops Saturday at Dartmouth, giving her a .571 save percentage for the week.
Yale Returns Home to Host New Hampshire WednesdayOne bad half last Saturday at No. 9 Dartmouth stymied the momentum Yale had from winning three of the four previous games. The Bulldogs regrouped in the second half in Hanover but still fell to the Big Green 12-5. Now, they return to Reese Stadium seeking a return to their winning ways. New Hampshire comes to town Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Turnovers Prove Costly in 12-5 Loss at No. 16 DartmouthWith 66 goals in its last four games, No. 16 Dartmouths offense was definitely on a roll heading into Saturdays matchup with Yale at Scully-Fahey Field. The Bulldogs also hurt themselves with 21 turnovers, including 12 in the first half. So even with a late rally -- and while holding Big Green leading scorer Greta Meyer without a goal -- Yale wound up on the short end of a 12-5 score.
Another Nationally Ranked Foe Awaits Bulldogs Saturday in HanoverIn its last two games, the Yale womens lacrosse team proved that it can play with some of the top teams in the country. Wednesdays 11-9 win at No. 13 BU came on the heels of a narrow 7-5 loss to No. 7 Penn last Saturday. There is no let-up in the schedule for the Bulldogs, as they travel to Hanover to take on No. 16 Dartmouth at 1 p.m.
Quackenbushs 16 Saves Fuel 11-9 Upset of No. 13 BUAfter nearly knocking off a nationally ranked opponent last Saturday, the Yale womens lacrosse team had another shot at one Wednesday afternoon. This time around, the Bulldogs took control of the game with a 5-0 run midway through and never looked back. Sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush led the way with a career-high 16 saves -- the most by a Yale goalie in seven years -- as the Bulldogs came through with an impressive 11-9 win at No. 13 BU. That was a season high in goals for Yale, led by a hat trick from sophomore attacker Caroline Crow.
Yale Visits No. 13 BU WednesdayAfter splitting a pair of Ivy League games at Reese Stadium last week, the Yale womens lacrosse team travels to Boston for a non-league game at No. 13 BU Wednesday (4 p.m.). It is the second of three straight games against ranked opponents for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a near-upset of No. 7 Penn.
Kaitlyn Flatley Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the WeekJunior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) came through for Yale in dramatic fashion this past week, and her exploits earned her recognition as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Monday. Flatley had a six-point week, including the game-winning goal with nine seconds left Wednesday as Yale beat Brown 8-7 in the Bulldogs Ivy League opener. Flatley had two goals and an assist in that game, then followed it up by getting her first career hat trick Saturday vs. No. 5 Penn.
Upset Bid Falls Short as No. 5 Penn Eludes Yale 7-5In search of a major upset, Yale did almost everything it needed to do to knock off No. 5 Penn Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs controlled the pace for the majority of the game, including limiting Penns powerful offense to just one goal in the first half. Yale twice trailed by two goals in the second half, but rallied back to tie the game 5-5 on a goal by senior attacker Jessica Sturgill with 9:30 to play. But in the end the Quakers got the two goals they needed in the final five minutes of the game, edging Yale 7-5 to extend their Ivy League winning streak to 24 games.
Bulldogs Host Defending Ivy Champs SaturdayYale was justifiably excited after a memorable last-second win against Brown Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium. But the challenge that the Bulldogs will face next was apparent from the score posted at Franklin Field later that night: Penn 14, St. Josephs 0. The fifth-ranked Quakers, coming off their first shutout since 1978, bring a streak of 23 straight wins in Ivy League games to Reese for Saturdays 1 p.m. game. They have won three straight league titles.
Inspired Bulldogs Top Brown 8-7 on Flatleys Last-Second GoalWednesday was already a storybook-type day at Reese Stadium, as the Bulldogs welcomed their newly adopted teammate, 13-year old Alanna, who is undergoing treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. The biggest question was whether the story would have a happy ending -- especially after the Bulldogs fell behind Brown by three goals early on, then twice let one-goal leads slip away late in the second half. But the answer finally came from junior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley, who bounced in the game-winning goal in dramatic fashion with just nine seconds left. That capped a thrilling day all-around and gave Yale an 8-7 win in its Ivy League opener.
Yale Adopts Local Teen Undergoing Treatment at Smilow Cancer HospitalThere were a few new additions to the Yale womens lacrosse team for the teams game at Reese Stadium Wednesday afternoon, helping the Bulldogs to a thrilling 8-7 win over Brown. The team has adopted a 13-year old girl, Alanna, who is being treated for a brain tumor at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. She and her younger sister Mia met the Bulldogs before practice on Tuesday, then joined them on the sideline during Wednesdays victory. Their mother and their younger sister, Emma, watched from the stands.
Ivy League Play Starts with St. Patricks Day Showdown vs. Brown at ReeseThe 31st season of Ivy League womens lacrosse will have a dramatically new feature, and it will impact league games right from the start. In addition to competing for the league championship, teams are now also aiming for one of the four spots in the inaugural Ivy League post-season tournament, which determines the recipient of the leagues automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Yale starts its quest for one of those spots by hosting Brown Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Quackenbushs 10 Saves, Rhodes Five Points Help Yale to 9-8 Win at MaristThe Yale womens lacrosse team was looking to establish some momentum for Ivy League play Saturday afternoon in the last of five straight non-league games to start the season. The Bulldogs did just that, edging Marist 9-8 on a cold and rainy day for their second win of the year. Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes had a hand in five of Yales tallies, with four goals and one assist. Sophomore goalie Whitney Quackenbush anchored the defense with 10 saves, limiting the Red Foxes to just a 1-for-6 performance on free position shots.
Yale Visits Marist SaturdayThe Yale womens lacrosse team visits Marist Saturday afternoon at noon, the first meeting in history between the two programs.
UMass Scores Final Four Goals to Beat Yale 9-5After falling behind 2-1 to UMass 10 minutes into the game Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium, Yale spent most of the rest of the afternoon playing catch-up. But after the Bulldogs tied the game 5-5 on a free position goal by Devon Rhodes with 10:34 left in the second half, the Minutewomen scored the final four goals to come away with a 9-5 win. Senior attacker Jessica Sturgill led the Yale offense with three goals.
First Road Trip Takes Yale to UMass WednesdayThe Yale womens lacrosse team makes its first road trip of the season Wednesday afternoon, heading to UMass for a 4 p.m. game vs. the Minutewomen. The Bulldogs have won 10 in a row in the series, including a 7-4 win last year that included two goals each from junior midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.) and senior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.).
JMU Pulls Away from Yale in Second Half, 10-4Buoyed by some big saves early on by sophomore goalie Whitney Quackenbush, the Yale womens lacrosse team hung close to James Madison for more than 40 minutes Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium. The Dukes, who had outscored their first two opponents of the season 29-5, led just 5-4 with 20 minutes to play after freshman midfielder Kelsea Smith scored her first career goal for the Bulldogs. But a spurt of four JMU goals in less than two minutes dramatically shifted momentum, and the Dukes went on to a 10-4 win.
Yale Looks to Bounce Back vs. JMUThe Yale women's lacrosse team faces a quick turnaround as it looks to bounce back from its first defeat of the season. JMU, which has outscored its first two opponents 27-5, comes to Reese Stadium Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
Stags Use 8-0 Run to Charge Past Bulldogs, 14-5Trailing 3-1 against Fairfield Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium, the Yale Bulldogs rallied for three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead 20 minutes into the game. But the Stags responded in dramatic fashion, putting together an 8-0 run over the next 25 minutes to take control. Fairfield attacker Erin Rigby led all scorers with five goals as the Stags came away with a 14-5 win.
Local Rivalry Resumes as Fairfield Visits Reese Wednesday AfternoonThe Fairfield womens lacrosse team lost only three games all season in 2009, including one at the end (to Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament) and one near the beginning. That first loss was an 11-10 overtime defeat at the hands of Yale, the second straight time the Bulldogs beat the Stags by a goal. The local rivalry resumes Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium (4 p.m.).
Yale Starts Season Right, Beats Holy Cross 8-5Facing a team that was playing its third game, and with five freshmen seeing extensive action, Saturday afternoons game vs. Holy Cross could have been an early-season pitfall for the Yale womens lacrosse team. But the Bulldogs feel this is not your average freshman class, and the newcomers began showing they belong in the 8-5 Yale win. Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes led the way with three goals and two assists, and classmates Kristen Chapman and Brittany De Lea were among the eight other Bulldogs with points on the day. Sophomore goalie Whitney Quackenbush made 11 saves for the win.
Start Times Changed for Saturday's Lacrosse DoubleheaderDue to impending inclement weather, the start times for both the Yale men's and women's lacrosse games on Saturday have been pushed back. The men's team will now face Holy Cross at 1 p.m. at Reese Stadium, while the women's team will challenge the Crusaders at 3:30 p.m.
2010 Outlook: Bulldogs Continue BuildingThe signs of progress in the renovation of Reese Stadium are unmistakable. The old bleachers are gone and the foundation is in place for a new facility that will include seating, team rooms, archways with the names of every former player and more. The Yale womens lacrosse team itself is in the midst of a similar transformation. The Bulldogs second season with Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Womens Lacrosse should see the team continue to build on the progress that was made last season, with all but two starters returning.