BU Overcomes Early Yale Lead for 12-5 Win

Whitney Quackenbush. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Whitney Quackenbush. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Rhodes Scores Three, Trivellas Scores Two

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A 4-3 lead late in the first half slipped away for the Yale women's lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon, as a run of eight straight goals by BU propelled the Terriers to a 12-5 win. Sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (three goals) and senior attacker Myra Trivellas (two) accounted for Yale's goals.

On a cold, wet day at Reese Stadium the first 25 minutes of play left the two teams at a stalemate. Rhodes opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first seven minutes, while BU lost starting midfielder Kristen Mogavero when she had to be helped off the field after an apparent injury five minutes in.

Shortly after that attacker Erica Baumgartner began getting more involved in the Terrier offense, and she wound up as a major factor. First, she set up attacker Danielle Etrasco for BU's first goal. After Trivellas got Yale's lead to 3-1 with a free-position goal at 19:33, Baumgartner scored twice to tie the game.

Rhodes put Yale (1-6, 0-2 Ivy League) back ahead with a nice move, splitting two defenders and bouncing one in for a 4-3 lead seven minutes before halftime. But in the final five minutes of the half Baumgartner set up a pair of goals by attacker Hannah Frey in a span of 21 seconds and Etrasco tacked on two more to make it 7-4 in favor of the Terriers.

BU (4-4, 0-0 America East) got a save from Christina Sheridan on a Yale free position shot on the first possession of the second half, and the Terriers then ran off four straight goals by four different players in a 15-minute span that extended the lead to 11-4. Trivellas scored on another free-position shot with 7:15 left, but right after that momentum swung back in BU's favor. Yale had a goal by junior attacker Caroline Crow waved off due to a crease violation, and after calling timeout the Terriers finished the clear and got another goal from Frey with 4:42 to play that concluded the scoring.

Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush finished with 11 saves, her second straight double-digit save game. Senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley had three caused turnovers.

BU had only a slight edge in draw controls (10-9), shots (27-22) and turnovers (12-14), but won the ground ball battle 23-15.

"A lot of the stats were even," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "But they won the 50-50 balls, and we had trouble scoring."

Baumgartner's four-assist day leaves her two shy of BU's career record in that category.

Yale returns to Ivy League play with a game at Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m.

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