Bulldogs Host Red Foxes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Back 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.
Yale (0-4, 0-1 Ivy League) has seen some improved performances in the last few games but has yet to break into the win column. The past week saw the Bulldogs play a pair of close games against nationally ranked teams, as they nearly knocked off No. 15 Dartmouth at Reese last Saturday (a 9-8 Big Green win). A trip south to No. 10 James Madison saw the Bulldogs fall to the Dukes 9-5.
With 17 of 26 roster spots occupied by freshmen and sophomores, the Bulldogs continue to rely heavily on those two classes for contributions. So far they have produced 14 of Yale's 22 goals, 26 of Yale's 35 draw controls and 29 of Yale's 53 ground balls. A pair of sophomore midfielders, Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) and Kelsea Smith (Yardley, Pa.) accounted for four of Yale's five goals at JMU.
Junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) leads the Bulldogs with six goals and seven points, followed by Rhodes with four goals and six points. Senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) has a team-best six ground balls, and has six caused turnovers in the last three games.
Yale beat Marist (2-2, 0-0 MAAC) last year in Poughkeepsie, the first time these two teams ever met. Junior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) made 10 saves and limited the Red Foxes to a 1-for-6 performance from the 8-meter arc. Rhodes had four goals and an assist.
Marist is averaging more than 10 goals a game, and features the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in attacker Kelly Condon. She had 40 goals last season and has seven this season. Attacker Ariel Kramer leads the team with 14 goals and 15 points, and she brings a 10-game scoring streak into Saturday. Five-foot-10 midfielder Jamie Romano leads the team in draw controls (14) and ground balls (nine). Five-foot-two goalie Ashley Casiano has a .419 save percentage and a 12.70 goals-against average.
The Red Foxes are coming off a 2010 season that saw them earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, as they won the MAAC tournament with a 9-7 victory over Fairfield in the championship game. Head coach Laura Campbell then departed for American after the season, and 2008 Marist grad Jessica O'Brien was hired to take her place.
Admission to Saturday's game is free. This is the first of two doubleheaders for the Yale lacrosse teams; the next one is Apr. 9, when Reese Stadium will be dedicated. On that day, the Yale women host Princeton and the Yale men host Dartmouth.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity