Home Opener Wednesday vs. No. 19 BC

Kelsea Smith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kelsea Smith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Chance to Check Out New-Look Reese Stadium

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 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.

This is Yale's third season with Reese as its home. The renovations to the facility began four years ago with the installation of a new lighting system and Field Turf. Recent work has included new seating, team rooms, an entrance that will include the name of every Yale lacrosse and soccer player, and more.  Reese will be dedicated on Apr. 9 with a lacrosse doubleheader featuring a women's game vs. Princeton and a men's game vs. Dartmouth.

Four of Yale's six wins last season came in the friendly confines of Reese. The Bulldogs are seeking their first win of 2011 after dropping Saturday's season opener at Holy Cross, 12-5. Junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) scored a pair of goals, while freshman midfielder Julie Mongan (Malvern, Pa.), sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Kelsea Smith (Yardley, Pa.) scored one each. Yale won the draw control battle 12-7, but was hurt by 21 turnovers and Holy Cross' 23-13 edge in ground balls.

Yale and BC have not met since 2008, an 11-8 Bulldogs win. That was Yale's 11th straight win in the series, and the Bulldogs have a 16-2 edge overall against the Eagles.

BC is off to a 3-0 start in 2011, led by attacker Moira Barry (10 goals, 12 points) and midfielder Kristin Igoe (seven goals, 11 points). Sheila Serafino has played all but 10 minutes in goal and has a .487 save percentage.



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