April 5, 2010

Devon Rhodes Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

Freshman Scored Eight Goals vs. Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Monday. Rhodes had 10 goals last week, including a remarkable effort in her first career game against archrival Harvard. Rhodes scored eight goals against the Crimson -- including the game-winner -- in a 17-13 Yale win Saturday at Reese Stadium. That was the most goals in a game by a Yale player in 10 years, dating back to an eight-goal effort by Amanda Walton ’02 against Notre Dame. Rhodes played turnover-free lacrosse against the Crimson and shot .667 (eight for 12).

Rhodes, who has been held scoreless just twice this season, had a pair of goals against New Hampshire on Wednesday. In addition to her scoring, she also contributed four draw controls for the week.

Rhodes’ work against Harvard sparked a review of the record books. While individual game records from Yale’s 35 years of varsity women’s lacrosse are incomplete, the only record that could be found of a player scoring more goals in a game is the 11 that Tracy Ball ’81 scored vs. Cornell Apr. 5, 1980. The Ivy League had listed the single-game Ivy record as nine (Penn’s Lisa Romig vs. Dartmouth in 1981), but pending confirmation Ball’s performance will now be listed as the record.

In addition to Walton and Rhodes’ efforts, other eight-goal games for Yale include Heather Bentley ’00 vs. Dartmouth Mar. 27, 1999 and Emily Montgomery ’78 vs. Northeastern Apr. 10, 1978. The NCAA record for goals in a game is 12.

Rhodes leads the Bulldogs in goals (24), points (31) and draw controls (16). She is a graduate of Northport High School, where she was a two-time All-American, and also played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets.

Rhodes is the second Bulldog to earn one of the Ivy League’s weekly awards this season. Junior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) was named offensive player of the week Mar. 22.

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

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