Yale Earns IWLCA Academic Squad HonorsThe Yale women's lacrosse team has earned IWLCA Academic Squad recognition for its work in the classroom. The IWLCA announced the awards, which included seven of the eight Ivy League schools, on Monday.
Ten Bulldogs Earn Spring Academic All-Ivy HonorsTen Yale student athletes have earned spring Academic All-Ivy honors. The 10 were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.
Crow Elected Bulldogs’ Captain for 2011-12Junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), one of Yale’s top goal-scorers for the past two seasons, has been elected captain of the Yale women’s lacrosse team for the 2011-12 season. She was selected by a team vote Sunday afternoon at Ray Tompkins House.
Flatley Earns MVP as Bulldogs Announce AwardsThe Yale women’s lacrosse team announced its annual awards at the team’s season-ending luncheon, held May 1 in the Varsity Room of Ray Tompkins House. Senior defender/midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) earned the Bowditch Award as the team’s most valuable player and senior defender Augusta Hixon (Cambridge, Mass.) won the Most Improved Player Award. A pair of seniors, defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.) and defender Mahi Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.), earned the Holgate Award for dedication.
Flatley and Kidd Earn All-Ivy HonorsA pair of seniors who were key parts of Yale’s defense were honored by the Ivy League on Tuesday as the league announced its annual awards. Fielding Kidd, the Bulldogs’ captain and the team leader in ground balls, was named second team All-Ivy. Kaitlyn Flatley, who led the team in caused turnovers, was named honorable mention All-Ivy.
Yale Celebrates Senior Day in Style, Beats Stony Brook 14-10The seniors on the Yale women’s lacrosse team went out on a winning note Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium, helping the Bulldogs to a 14-10 victory over Stony Brook on Senior Day. They also got a glimpse of the program’s future, as the freshman class accounted for nine of Yale’s goals. The Bulldogs got hat tricks from one senior (midfielder Bray Ketchum) and two freshmen (attacker Jen DeVito and midfielder Meghan Murray) en route to their best offensive out put of the year.
Bears Top BulldogsThe Brown women’s lacrosse team has been enjoying a record-setting season on attack, including a school-best 163 goals heading into Wednesday vs. Yale at Stevenson Field. The Bears were also just eight days removed from scoring a school-record 26 goals in a win over St. Mary’s. Yale held the Brown attack in check for more than 50 minutes on Wednesday, though, and the Bulldogs were within three goals of the Bears thanks to tallies from four different players. But Brown went on to score four times in the final nine minutes, pulling away for an 11-4 victory.
Final Week Includes Trip to Brown, Senior Day vs. Stony BrookThe Yale women’s lacrosse team will look to end the 2011 season on a high note with a pair of games in the final week, including a trip to Brown (Wednesday, 4 p.m.) and a visit from Stony Brook (Saturday, 1 p.m.). Saturday’s game will be Senior Day at Reese Stadium, as the Bulldogs salute the Class of 2011.
Bulldogs Fall to CornellAttacker Jessi Steinberg, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, had four goals and midfielder Shannon McHugh added three as Cornell topped Yale 14-3 in women’s lacrosse at Reese Stadium Saturday afternoon. All of Yale’s scoring came from freshman midfielder Adrienne Tarver, who had her first career hat trick.
Cornell Comes to Reese SaturdayLast season, the Yale women’s lacrosse team faced Cornell in the regular season finale with a spot in the Ivy League tournament on the line. This time around, when the Big Red comes to Reese Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m., neither team has a chance at a spot in the tournament, but the Bulldogs will have the chance to nab their first league win.
Second-Half Surge Leads Columbia Past Yale, 10-3The Yale women’s lacrosse team held Columbia scoreless for more than 20 minutes in the first half Friday afternoon at Wien Stadium. But when the Lions finally started scoring, they didn’t stop. A 2-1 Yale lead was turned into a 4-2 Columbia lead early in the second half. Freshman midfielder Courteney Rutter momentarily stopped the run by bringing Yale within one with her first career goal, but the Lions responded with the final six goals of the game to finish off a 10-3 win.
Bulldogs Fall to No. 12 Princeton on Reese Dedication DayPrinceton spoiled the start of a doubleheader on the day that Yale dedicated Reese Stadium, topping the Yale women’s lacrosse team 9-3 Saturday. Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush made 18 saves, while freshman attacker Jen DeVito had two goals and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes had one.
Yale Falls at No. 17 GeorgetownNo. 17 Georgetown broke a 2-2 tie with a 13-goal run, ending with a 16-3 victory over Yale Sunday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Freshman attacker Jen DeVito had two goals for the Bulldogs.
McCormick Hat Trick Helps Yale to 10-7 Win Over ColgateThe Yale women’s lacrosse team has been looking for scoring from some new sources -- entering Friday’s game against Colgate, junior attacker Caroline Crow and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes had accounted for more than half of the team’s goals. Those two had productive days again against the Raiders at a cold and rainy Reese Stadium, but ultimately it was a hat trick from freshman attacker Ashley McCormick and the first goals of the season from three other players that tipped the balance in Yale’s favor, 10-7.
Yale Student-Athletes Start Eli’s FriendsThis spring semester saw the start of Eli’s Friends, a student-athlete run program that supports young patients at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The program was founded by Alfonso Costa (Men's Basketball and Lacrosse) and Michael Pratt (Men's Lacrosse) and currently consists of 14 student-athletes who have gone through an extensive training to become volunteers with this organization. The students, listed below, go to the hospital in various groups every Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Busy Weekend Has Yale Playing at Reese, then in D.C.Two games in a span of 48 hours, including one against a top-20 team, will put the Yale women’s lacrosse team to the test this weekend. The Bulldogs start out by hosting Colgate at Reese Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday. They then make the 300-mile trip to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and play at No. 17 Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rivalry Game Saturday at Harvard StadiumThe Yale women’s lacrosse team squares off against archrival Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in a game that figures to have implications for the Ivy League playoff picture.
Bulldogs Fall at HarvardLast year when Yale played Harvard in women’s lacrosse, the Bulldogs raced out to a 13-2 lead and held on for a 17-13 win, their 14th win in the last 16 meetings between these two rivals. This time around it was Harvard that jumped out to a big lead, and Yale could not respond. After a goal by freshman Jen DeVito late in the first half got the Bulldogs within 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson scored the final 12 goals of the game for a 19-3 win.
BU Overcomes Early Yale Lead for 12-5 WinA 4-3 lead late in the first half slipped away for the Yale women’s lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon, as a run of eight straight goals by BU propelled the Terriers to a 12-5 win. Sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (three goals) and senior attacker Myra Trivellas (two) accounted for Yale’s goals.
Yale Looks to Get Back on Winning Track Wednesday vs. BUThe Yale women’s lacrosse team will attempt to repeat one of its biggest wins from a year ago when the Bulldogs host Boston University Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Yale knocked off the Terriers, who were ranked No. 13 in the country at the time, 11-9 in Boston last season.
Quackenbush Named Ivy Defensive Player of the WeekJunior Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.), who made a season-high 13 saves Saturday in Yale’s game at No. 4 Penn, has been named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Quackenbush, whose work included stopping four of six free position shots, held the Quakers to just seven goals -- their lowest output since May 2 of 2010.
Yale Falls to No. 4 Penn 7-2No. 4 Penn extended its string of consecutive victories in Ivy League games to 31 with a 7-2 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Quakers scored the final five goals of the game after the Bulldogs tied the game 2-2 on a goal by senior attacker Myra Trivellas with 26 minutes to play. Junior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush finished with 13 saves.
Crucial Ivy Game Saturday at No. 4 PennYale gets its chance to knock off the four-time reigning Ivy League champions, No. 4 Penn, Saturday in Philadelphia. The Bulldogs gave the Quakers a challenge last season in New Haven before falling 7-5. Yale was one of just four teams to hold Penn to seven or fewer goals.
Women’s Game vs. Marist Starts Saturday Doubleheader at ReeseBack from a swing south to Virginia during the first week of spring break, the Yale women’s lacrosse team returns to Reese Stadium to host Marist Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The game is part of a Yale lacrosse doubleheader that also includes a Bulldog men’s lacrosse game vs. Lehigh at 2 p.m.
Comeback Lifts Yale to First Win, 11-8 Over MaristThe first win of the season for the Yale women’s lacrosse team came in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion Saturday afternoon against Marist at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs fell behind 7-3 in the first half, and after they rallied to tie the game at seven in the second half the Red Foxes briefly re-took the lead 8-7. But Yale scored the final four goals of the game, including the game-winner from freshman attacker Jen DeVito with 6:51 to play, for an 11-8 win.
No. 10 JMU Beats Yale 9-5For most of the first half Wednesday afternoon, Yale stayed within striking distance of No. 10 James Madison. But after the Bulldogs pulled within 4-3 with less than three minutes left in the half, the Dukes tacked on one more goal before halftime. They then scored the first three goals of the second half, effectively eliminating any chance of an upset. The final was 9-5.
Time and Venue Change for Game at No. 10 JMUDue to the rain forecast for Wednesday, the Yale-JMU game has been moved up to a 2 p.m. start and will now take place on JMU's turf field. It had originally been scheduled for 4 p.m. on JMU's grass field.
Yale Heads South to Face No. 10 James MadisonThe Yale women’s lacrosse team is headed south for spring break, though this trip will not be a vacation. The Bulldogs visit No. 10 James Madison on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and to prepare for that game they are leaving New Haven on Monday. Of the teams on Yale’s schedule, only No. 6 Georgetown and No. 8 Penn are more highly ranked than the Dukes.
No. 15 Dartmouth Slips Past Yale, 9-8The signs of progress were there for the Yale women’s lacrosse team Saturday afternoon against No. 15 Dartmouth at Reese Stadium, but in the end there just were not enough of them. After the Big Green jumped out to a 5-1 lead, the Bulldogs battled back and closed the deficit to just one goal at four different times in the second half. Yale could never get the equalizer, though, and Dartmouth came away with a 9-8 win.
League Play Starts Saturday with No. 15 Dartmouth at ReeseThe Yale women’s lacrosse team begins its “season within a season” Saturday, as No. 15 Dartmouth comes to Reese Stadium for the start of Ivy League play. At stake for both teams is the chance to gain an early lead in the race for the Ivy League championship. With the top four teams in the league making the Ivy tournament and getting a chance to win an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday’s game also has implications for each team’s postseason chances.
No. 16 BC Tops Yale in Home OpenerAdjustments wound up generating a 4-2 run at the start of the second half by the Yale women’s lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon against BC at Reese Stadium. But by that time the Eagles had built up an 11-0 lead, and BC went on to close out the game with a 5-0 run that made the final score 18-4.
Home Opener Wednesday vs. No. 19 BCThe Yale women’s lacrosse team was initially scheduled to play at Boston College on Wednesday, but the winter weather has forced the game to be moved to New Haven (3 p.m. start). That gives everyone an earlier chance to check out Reese Stadium, which was undergoing a major renovation throughout the 2010 lacrosse season.
2011 Outlook: Young Bulldogs Look to Make Move in Ivy StandingsEntering the third season with Anne Phillips as Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse, Yale appears ready to reap the benefits of the recruiting efforts of Phillips and her staff. The Bulldogs’ roster includes 17 freshmen and sophomores -- plenty of young talent to supplement the leadership provided by the eight juniors and seniors. With 14 letter winners and 10 starters returning from last season, the Bulldogs figure to continue the upward trend that started a year ago. A spot in the Ivy League tournament eluded Yale by the slimmest of margins last year, and this year’s Bulldogs aim to change that.
Yale Announces 2011 ScheduleAnne Phillips, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse, has announced the 2011 schedule. This will mark Yale’s third season at Reese Stadium, which recently underwent a major renovation, and the highlight of the schedule is the dedication of Reese on Apr. 9 when Yale hosts Princeton. The 15-game slate includes seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games. All told, Yale plays five teams that were nationally ranked at the end of last season and five teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. This also marks the second year for the Ivy League women’s lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final standings play for the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Two-Time All-American Lidia Sanza Joins Yale StaffLidia Sanza, who won a pair of NCAA Championships at Franklin & Marshall, has joined the Yale women’s lacrosse coaching staff. A two-time All-American goalkeeper, Sanza will work with Yale’s defense and goalies.
All-American Jordan Trautman Joins Yale Staff as Assistant CoachJordan Trautman, a former All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy watch list selection, has joined the Yale women’s lacrosse coaching staff. Trautman, who spent last season as an assistant coach with Navy after graduating from Georgetown in 2009, will work with the Bulldogs’ defense.