Yale Looks to Bounce Back vs. JMU

Myra Trivellas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Myra Trivellas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Coming Off First Loss of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 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.

Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) fell to Fairfield 14-5 on Wednesday at Reese, as an early 4-3 lead slipped away due to an 8-0 run by the Stags midway through the game. The Bulldogs were hurt by 20 turnovers, and lost the ground ball battle 26-15. Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (East Northport, N.Y.) continued to be a key part of the Yale offense, scoring one goal and adding two assists to bring her team-leading point total to eight for the season. Sophomore attacker Winnie Call (Moorestown, N.J.) scored her first two goals of the season. Sophomore goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) stopped 12 shots and has a .548 save percentage for the season.

JMU (2-0, 0-0 CAA) beat Yale 10-7 in Harrisonburg last year, jumping out to an 8-1 lead before the Bulldogs rallied in the second half. Yale got three goals from midfielder Jenn Warden '09, and one goal each from senior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.), senior midfielder Sarah David (New Haven, Conn.), sophomore attacker Kerry Hamill (Marriottsville, Md.) and senior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.).

Midfielder Kim Griffin, who leads JMU in goals (six) and points (eight), scored three goals and had one assist to lead the Dukes vs. the Bulldogs last year. She is one of 11 different players that have scored goals for JMU in the first two games. Goalkeeper Morgan Kelly has a .714 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity