Yale Seeks 15th Win vs. Crusaders
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 36th season of varsity women's lacrosse begins Saturday, with the Bulldogs paying a visit to Holy Cross for a noon game.
Yale is undefeated (14-0) against Holy Cross, though last year's game was the closest in the history of the series. After jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the season opener at Reese Stadium, the Bulldogs withstood a second-half rally by the Crusaders and came away with an 8-5 win. Sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) led the team with three goals, while junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) made 11 saves.
Those two went on to have All-Ivy caliber seasons for the Bulldogs last year, with Rhodes earning second team All-Ivy and Quackenbush honorable mention. Rhodes led the team in goals (27) and points (35), while Quackenbush's .493 save percentage placed her 15th in the country.
All told, 10 starters from last year return as the Bulldogs look to continue to move up in the Ivy standings and national rankings. In addition to Rhodes, the Bulldogs also return their second-leading scorer, senior midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.). Fellow senior Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.), Yale's captain, returns to lead the Bulldog defense. Flatley and Kidd are part of a senior class that also includes midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.), defender Augusta Hixon (Cambridge, Mass.), defender Mahi Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) and attacker Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.).
Holy Cross (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League) has dropped a pair of close games at the start of the season, 12-10 to UMass in overtime and 8-5 to New Hampshire. The Crusaders are led by five-foot-five attacker Taylor Zebrowski, who has three goals and an assist. Goalie Amy Martin has a .286 save percentage and a 9.52 goals-against average.
After the game at Holy Cross, the Bulldogs have an unexpected home opener. Yale's game that was originally scheduled to be played at Boston College next Wednesday has been moved to Reese Stadium due to the impact the winter weather has had on BC's field. This will be Yale's third season at Reese Stadium, which has recently undergone a major renovation. Reese will be dedicated on Saturday, Apr. 9, as part of a day that includes a Yale women's game vs. Princeton and a Yale men's game vs. Dartmouth.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity