March 2, 2011

No. 16 BC Tops Yale in Home Opener

Two More Goals for Crow

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Adjustments wound up generating a 4-2 run at the start of the second half by the Yale women's lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon against No. 16 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.

BC (3-0, 0-0 ACC) scored 43 seconds into the game and did not look back. Aided by a 10-2 edge in draw controls, the Eagles kept the ball in Yale's end of the field for the overwhelming majority of the first half. The Bulldogs briefly had possession after a draw control by freshman midfielder Julie Mongan halfway through, but they did not get their first shot on goal until there were just over two minutes left. Sophomore midfielder Kristen Chapman finished off a Yale clear by feeding sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes for a shot that goalie Sheila Serafino stopped. BC midfielder Kristin Igoe then tacked on her fifth goal of the game right before halftime, giving the Eagles an 11-0 advantage.

Yale (0-2, 0-0 Ivy League) staged a brief rally at the start of the second, with Rhodes scoring off a BC turnover five minutes in to start the 4-2 run. Freshman midfielder Ashley McCormick set up a goal by junior attacker Caroline Crow right after that.

After a BC timeout the Eagles scored two more to get the lead to 13-2, but Yale answered with another goal from Crow. Freshman attacker Meghan Murray assisted on that goal, then scored one of her own on a free-position shot three minutes later.

But that would be all the offense Yale could generate, and five BC goals in the last eight and a half minutes left the final at 18-4.

"We played defense for about 29 minutes in the first half," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "In the second half we made some adjustments and got some draw controls. But by that point BC was playing against a team that had spent too much time on defense and they were able to take advantage of that to score seven more goals. They're a very good team, very experienced, and you can't spot a team like that 30 minutes."

This was the second straight multiple-goal game for Crow, who leads the team with four goals. Yale did cut down on its turnovers after making 21 in the season-opening loss at Holy Cross Saturday, but on Wednesday the Bulldogs were hurt by BC's 15-9 draw control advantage. In addition to Igoe's five goals, attacker Moira Barry added four and attacker Brooke Blue had three.

Yale starts Ivy League play Saturday vs. Dartmouth at Reese at 1 p.m.

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