March 12, 2010

Yale Visits Marist Saturday

First Meeting Between Bulldogs, Red Foxes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s lacrosse team visits Marist Saturday afternoon, the first meeting in history between the two programs.

Yale (1-3, 0-0 Ivy League) fell 9-5 at UMass on Wednesday, as the Minutewomen scored the final four goals to pull out the victory. Senior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) scored three goals to pull into a tie for the team lead with freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (East Northport, N.Y.) for the team lead with six. Rhodes paces the Bulldogs with four assists and 10 points.

Sturgill scored on all three of her shots on Wednesday, part of Yale’s best day shooting so far this season. The Bulldogs scored five goals on eight shots (.625), the first time they have been better than .400 in a game. They were hurt by their inability to gain possession, though, as they had only five draw controls and four ground balls.

Senior defender Claire Eliasberg (San Diego, Calif.), Yale’s captain, leads the Bulldogs in ground balls with eight, while she, senior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) and junior defender/midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) are tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with five each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) had a string of five straight games with 10 or more saves snapped on Wednesday, when she made six. For the season she has a .525 save percentage.

Marist (2-1, 0-0 MAAC) is in its second season under head coach Laura Campbell, and advanced all the way to the MAAC championship game last season. The Red Fox offense has averaged 11 goals per game over the first three games of the season, beating Lafayette and LeMoyne but losing to UConn.

Midfielder Jori Procaccini leads the team with seven goals, followed closely by Amanda Tuck with six. Preseason All-MAAC midfield selection Lauren Ciccarello leads the Red Foxes in draw controls with seven and also has eight ground balls. Goalie Alyssa Littin has a .462 save percentage and an 11.20 goals-against average. Littin and Ashley Casiano have combined to hold opponents to an 8-for-22 performance on free position shots.