April 15, 2010

Yale Hosts Columbia for “Power in Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Game Saturday

Bulldogs Will Sport Pink Uniforms in Support of Breast Cancer Charities

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A spot in the Ivy League tournament hangs in the balance for Yale, but Saturday's game vs. Columbia at Reese Stadium (1:00 p.m.) will also have a much deeper meaning. It is Yale's “Power in Pink” game, and the Bulldogs will wear special pink uniforms as part of a nation-wide campaign in support of breast cancer charities.

The Under Armour Power in Pink Games pay tribute to women everywhere who are fighting breast cancer. In addition to raising awareness, the games will also have a financial impact. Under Armour will contribute a percentage of the money Yale spent for the jerseys to breast cancer charities. The Bulldogs will also accept donations to the charities (listed below) at Saturday's game. Additionally, the team will honor members of the Yale women's lacrosse family that have been impacted by cancer. That includes Alanna, the sixth grader being treated for a brain tumor at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, whom the Bulldogs officially adopted as part of the Friends of Jaclyn program earlier this week.

Yale (5-7, 2-3 Ivy League) needs a win against Columbia, and a win next weekend at Cornell in its final Ivy League game, to clinch one of the four spots in the inaugural league tournament. That tournament, held Mar. 30-Apr. 2 at the site of the highest seed, will determine which team gets the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The highs and lows of the season have been on display for Yale in the last two weeks. On Apr. 3 the Bulldogs beat Harvard 17-13, their biggest scoring output in one game since Anne Phillips took over as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse two years ago. But last weekend, Yale's two goals at Princeton represented a low for Phillips' tenure.

The two goals against the Tigers both came from junior midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.), who is on a remarkable run of consistency. Flatley now has seven straight multiple-goal games -- including five straight with exactly two goals. She is also Yale's most accurate shooter, with a .562 shooting percentage (18 goals on 32 shots). Among those with 10 or more shots, junior attacker Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) is next at .545 (six goals on 11 shots).

Freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) leads the Bulldogs in goals (24) and points (31). If she holds on in both categories she will be just the fifth player in school history to lead the team in goals and points as a freshman, joining Eva Vishio '93 (1989), Amanda Walton '02 (1999), Miles Whitman '04 (2001) and Lauren Taylor '08 (2005). Senior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.) has a team-high 13 assists and is second in points with 21.

Flatley leads the team in caused turnovers with 16, followed by senior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) with 14. Fiorentino, who is also tied for second on the team with 19 ground balls, has 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in the last five games. She is one of four defenders with double-digit ground balls for the season, a list that also includes senior defender Claire Eliasberg (San Diego, Calif.) (14), junior defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.) (12) and freshman defender Chloë Drimal (Darien, Conn.).

Power in Pink
Under Armour® Partner Organizations

 

Columbia (5-6, 0-5 Ivy League) is coming off a 13-12 win at Quinnipiac Wednesday. Attacker Kacie Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 1:49 left, capping the Lions' rally from an 11-8 deficit midway through the second half. Johnson and midfielder Taylor Gattinella had three goals each in that game. Attacker Brittany Shannon, who leads the Lions with 37 goals and 43 points, had five goals against Quinnipiac.

While the Lions are winless in the league, they had two near-misses: two-goal losses at Cornell and against Brown. They have scored double-digit goals in seven games, including 18 in a season-opening win over Monmouth, but have given up an average of nearly 13 goals per game.

The Lions feature one of the only goalies who can match Yale's Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) for value to the team. Like Quackenbush, Karlee Blank is the only goalie on her team's roster. She has played all 658:19 in goal, posting a .418 save percentage and a 12.67 goals-against average. Quackenbush, who has logged 720:00 in goal, has a .498 save percentage and a 9.83 goals-against average.

Ivy League action this weekend starts Friday night with Cornell visiting Brown. Saturday's league games include a showdown between the two undefeated (4-0) teams as Penn visits Dartmouth, plus a Princeton-Harvard matchup in Cambridge.

But no matter what happens in the other games, the Bulldogs keep control over their chance at a playoff spot with a win vs. Columbia.

 

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

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