Rivalry Game Saturday at Harvard Stadium

Devon Rhodes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Devon Rhodes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs, Crimson Meet for 39th Time  

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team squares off against archrival Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in a game that figures to have implications for the Ivy League playoff picture.

The Bulldogs' 17-13 win over the Crimson last year at Reese Stadium wound up leaving both teams tied for fifth in the league, one game out of the playoffs. Yale raced out to a 13-2 lead, but the Crimson eventually got within three goals with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) scored the game's final goal to finish off the 17-13 Yale win.

Sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) led all scorers with eight goals in that game, the most goals in a game by a Yale player since Amanda Walton '02 scored eight in a 16-3 win over Notre Dame Apr. 15, 2000. The Bulldogs also got five assists and one goal from Jenna Block '10, and junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) had a hat trick.

Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) had eight saves against Harvard last year. She is coming off back-to-back double-digit save games, including a 16-save effort at No. 4 Penn last Saturday that earned her Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Yale (1-6, 0-2 Ivy League) has a 19-18-1 lead in the overall series with Harvard dating back to 1976, including wins in 14 of the last 16 meetings. Yale also beat the Crimson in 1975 as a club team. The Bulldogs are seeking their first Ivy League win of the season, and could move into a tie for fifth in the standings this weekend if they beat Harvard and Penn beats Cornell Sunday. The top four teams make the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the team that gets the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Harvard (2-3, 1-1 Ivy League) is coming off a 12-8 win over Johns Hopkins and is among the teams receiving votes in the IWLCA poll. Earlier this season the Crimson came within one of current No. 4 Penn (9-8) and current No. 7 Stanford (18-17). With 60 goals in five games, Harvard is second among Ivy League teams in scoring.

Harvard has done it with accurate shooting (a league-best .522) and three of the top eight per-game goal scorers in the league: midfielder Danielle Tetreault and attacker Jennifer VanderMeulen with 13 goals each and attacker Jess Halpern with 10. VanderMeulen was a third-team All-American, unanimous first team All-Ivy League and Ivy League Rookie of the Year last year. Goalie Kerry Clark has a .333 save percentage and a 12.40 goals-against average for the Crimson.

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