Bulldogs Open Season Feb. 27 vs. Holy Cross
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, has announced the 2010 schedule. This will mark Yale's second season at Reese Stadium, which is undergoing a major renovation. The 15-game slate includes seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games that take the Bulldogs to a total of five different states. All told, Yale plays seven teams that were nationally ranked at the end of last season and six teams that made last year's NCAA tournament. New this year is the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final standings play for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Reese Stadium was converted to FieldTurf and had new lighting installed three years ago. Further improvements, including a new entry plaza, press box, team rooms, and new and expanded seats and hospitality areas, are now underway. Prior to making the move to Reese last season the women had played on Johnson Field, an Astroturf surface. Reese has been the home of Yale men's lacrosse since 1981.
The Bulldogs play their first three games of the season at home. The campaign starts Feb. 27 against Holy Cross, a team Yale beat 15-7 last year. The next visitor to Reese is Fairfield, Mar. 3. The Bulldogs beat the Stags, who eventually made it to the NCAA tournament and finished 17-3, 11-10 in overtime to open the season last year. James Madison, alma mater of Yale assistant coach Brigid Strain, comes to New Haven on Mar. 6.
Spring Break sees Yale make its first two road trips. That includes one to another NCAA tournament team, UMass, on Mar. 10. The Bulldogs beat the Minutewomen 7-4 last year in their first game ever at Reese Stadium. The next road trip is to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a game at Marist.
Ivy League play begins with Brown coming to New Haven on Mar. 17. Three days later Yale hosts the defending Ivy League champions, Penn. The Quakers were ranked No. 2 at the end of last season and made it to the NCAA semifinals. Yale then goes on the road for a non-league game at BU on Mar. 24, followed by an Ivy League game at Dartmouth Mar. 27.
After hosting New Hampshire on Mar. 31, the Bulldogs play two of their biggest rivals. They host Harvard, whom they have beaten 13 times in the last 15 years, on Apr. 3. The following weekend they travel to Princeton, which was ranked No. 7 at the end of last season and made the NCAA quarterfinals.
After visit from Columbia on Apr. 17 Yale hosts Georgetown, another NCAA tournament team, on Apr. 23. The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season at Cornell on Apr. 25. The Big Red ended last season ranked No. 20, giving Yale seven top-20 opponents based on last year's final poll (No. 2 Penn, No. 7 Princeton, No 12 BU, No. 17 Dartmouth, No. 19 Fairfield and No. 20 Cornell).
The Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament will be hosted by the first-place team, and will include a semifinal round and a championship game. The tournament takes place the weekend of Apr. 30.
The first round of the NCAA tournament, which includes 16 teams, will be held on May 15 and 16 at campus sites. The quarterfinals on May 22 and 23 will also be held on campus sites. The NCAA semifinals and championship will be May 28 and 30, hosted by Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
This is Phillips' second season at Yale after spending six seasons at Franklin & Marshall, where she went 93-24 and won the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship with an undefeated (21-0) season.
Fans will be able to follow all home games via live statistics on yalebulldogs.com. Live statistics will also be available for select road games.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity