March 22, 2011

Yale Looks to Get Back on Winning Track Wednesday vs. BU

Bulldogs Back at Reese Seeking Second Win of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 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.

Last year's win was fueled by 16 saves from junior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.), the most saves by a Yale goalie since Amanda Laws '03 made 16 in a win over Vanderbilt in 2003. Quackenbush appears to be rounding into form again this season, as she was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Monday on the strength of her 13-save effort Saturday at No. 4 Penn. Quackenbush has made 13 or more saves in a game four times in her career now.

Another junior, attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), continues to be Yale's most consistent offensive threat. Crow has scored at least one goal in every game this season, and has had three multiple-goal games. She leads the team with 10 goals, two away from her career high. Last year against BU she registered her first career hat trick.

In addition to Quackenbush, senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) has also been rounding into form for Yale defensively. Flatley has six ground balls and four caused turnovers in the last three games. She leads the team in both of those categories for the season.

Yale (1-5, 0-2 Ivy League) has played some of its best lacrosse at Reese this season. Twenty-three of Yale's 35 goals have come at home, and the Bulldogs are shooting 41 percent at Reese.

BU (3-4, 0-0 America East) is coming off a 13-11 loss at Denver, but the Terriers have already knocked off two Ivy League teams (Brown 15-8 and No. 18 Dartmouth 9-7). Attacker Danielle Etrasco leads the team in goals (18) and points (24). Attacker Erica Baumgartner leads the team in assists with 13 and has 102 assists for her career, six away from tying the school record. Kim Elsworth (.400 save percentage, 10.73 goals-against average) and Christina Sheridan (.444, 11.18) have split time in goal.

Admission to Wednesday's game is free.

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

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