Yale Returns Home to Host New Hampshire Wednesday

Sarah David. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah David. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Battle Wildcats

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One 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.

Wins against Brown, BU and Marist had Yale (4-5, 1-2 Ivy League) back at the .500 mark prior to the Dartmouth game; the Bulldogs’ only loss in a two-week span was a near-upset of then-No. 5 Penn that earned a mention in Lacrosse Magazine. But Dartmouth outshot Yale 22-5 in the first half, taking a 10-1 lead into halftime. After allowing another goal to the Big Green at the start of the second Yale outscored Dartmouth 4-1 the rest of the way, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.

Junior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) scored a pair of goals against the Big Green, her fourth straight multiple-goal game. She has a career-high 12 goals for the season, trailing only freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (East Northport, N.Y.) (14 goals) for the team lead. Sophomore attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) has six goals and three assists in the last four games, moving into a tie for third on the team in points (10) with senior attackers Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.) and Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.).

Rhodes (12) and freshman midfielder Kristen Chapman (Belmont, Mass.) (10) lead Yale in draw controls, followed closely by junior midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.). It has already been a newsworthy week for Greer, as she was named first team All-American in squash on Monday.

Sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) had a pair of double-digit save efforts last week, giving her six for the season. She is eighth in the country in save percentage (.534), on pace for the best save percentage by a Yale goalie since Amanda Sisley ’03 had a .538 mark in 2001. Flatley leads Yale with 12 caused turnovers, followed by senior defenders Claire Eliasberg (La Jolla, Calif.) and Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) with seven each.

UNH (5-3, 0-0 America East) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-10 win over Fairfield last Sunday. The Wildcats have already played a pair of Yale’s Ivy League rivals, beating Dartmouth 9-8 and losing to Harvard 10-9. They have made two appearances in the IWLCA poll so far this season, reaching as high as No. 15 before their losing streak dropped them out of the top 20 two weeks ago.

Attacker Jenny Simpson, a native of nearby New Canaan, just earned her second America East Rookie of the Week honor of the season. She had five goals and an assist in the win over Fairfield. Simpson is third on the team in goals (10) and is tied for fourth in points (13) despite missing two games to an injury. The Wildcats are 5-1 with her in the lineup.

Midfielder Hayley Rausch, who had three goals against Yale last year, leads New Hampshire in goals (16) and points (27) this season. She is tied for the team lead in assists (11) with attacker Shaunna Kaplan, a second team All-Region pick last year who also played soccer for the Wildcats. Kaplan and midfielder Allie Duclos were All-America East selections last season.

Kathleen O’Keefe has started the last three games in goal for New Hampshire and has a .451 save percentage and a 14.23 goals-against average. Kate Gunts has seen the majority of the time in goal for the season, and she has a .414 save percentage and an 8.23 goals-against average. Her father, Bucky, played lacrosse for Cornell and won an NCAA championship in 1971.

New Hampshire beat Yale 12-4 last year in Durham. The Wildcats had a 28-16 shot advantage and won 13 of 18 draw controls.

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