Ivy League Play Starts with St. Patrick’s Day Showdown vs. Brown at Reese

Winnie Call. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Coming Off 9-8 Win at Marist

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 31st season of Ivy League women’s 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 league’s 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.

Yale (2-3, 0-0 Ivy League) is coming off a 9-8 win at Marist, its best offensive output of the season. Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (East Northport, N.Y.) had four goals and an assist to improve her team-leading stats to 10 goals, five assists and 15 points. Junior attacker Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) had her first career hat trick. She, Rhodes, senior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Winnie Call (Moorestown, N.J.) are the four Bulldogs with multiple-goal games so far this season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) had 10 saves Saturday, the sixth time in her last seven games she has reached double-digits in that category. Even more impressive was the fact she stopped five of six free position shots. She has a .531 save percentage for the season, ranking 11th in the country in that category.

Brown (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) has alternated wins and losses in its first four games, and is coming off a 16-6 loss to Princeton. The Tigers erased an early 2-0 Bears lead by scoring 13 of the next 15 goals in the game. Brown midfielder Paris Waterman had a hat trick, and now leads the team in goals (nine) and points (10). Attacker Kaela McGilloway is second in both categories with seven goals and nine points. Krissi Penikis leads the Brown defense with six caused turnovers; she also has seven ground balls.

Before they get to Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs have a big day planned for Tuesday. They have adopted a 13-year old girl who is being treated for a brain tumor at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. The team will meet the girl for the first time on Tuesday afternoon prior to practice, and she is also scheduled to come to the Yale-Brown game. The team will maintain contact with her throughout her treatment, visiting her in the hospital whenever possible. The adoption is part of the nationwide “Friends of Jaclyn” campaign, which pairs college athletic teams with children with pediatric brain tumors to serve as a support group.

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