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Bulldogs Fall at Harvard

Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Crow, DeVito and Rhodes Score for Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Last year when Yale played Harvard in women's lacrosse, the Bulldogs raced out to a 13-2 lead and held on for a 17-13 win, their 14th win in the last 16 meetings between these two rivals. This time around it was Harvard that jumped out to a big lead, and Yale could not respond. After a goal by freshman attacker Jen DeVito late in the first half got the Bulldogs within 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson scored the final 12 goals of the game for a 19-3 win.

Senior defender Fielding Kidd got the opening draw control for Yale, and the Bulldogs took advantage of that to try to start controlling the pace of the game. Yale held the ball for nearly two full minutes but could not get a shot on goal, and after a turnover the Crimson scored quickly. In a game where Harvard wound up with seven free position shots to just two for Yale, the Crimson's first two goals came from the 8-meter arc. Within a span of less than three minutes, Harvard took a 3-0 lead.

Senior attacker Myra Trivellas and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes stopped the run. Trivellas fed Rhodes from behind the net and Rhodes quickly flicked the ball past Crimson goalie Kerry Clark to pull Yale within 3-1 with 22:27 left in the half.

But Harvard then reeled off a four-goal run, including a pair of goals in a span of 49 seconds by attacker/midfielder Chelsey Newman that made it 7-1.

Freshman Erin McMullan came on to play goal for Yale and made a save on a free-position shot with 12 minutes left in the half that sparked the best stretch of the day for the Bulldogs. After junior attacker Caroline Crow scored on a free position shot, freshman midfielder Adrienne Tarver got the draw control. The Bulldogs were momentarily able to dictate the pace of the game, and worked some time off the clock. A foul negated a Yale goal with less than eight minutes in the half, but the Bulldogs got it back when Rhodes split a double team just inside the arc and fed De Vito to make it 7-3.

Yale got the draw control after that goal but turned the ball over, one of eight first-half turnovers. This one enabled Harvard to re-establish control. McMullan was able to make the save on a free position shot with three minutes to play but the ball unfortunately bounced right to Harvard attacker/midfielder Jenn Lefew, who scored to make it 8-3. That started a three-goal outburst at the end of the half that culminated with midfielder Tyler Petropoulos scoring off a Yale turnover as time expired.

The Bulldogs cut back on the turnovers in the second half but Harvard won seven of 10 draw controls. That enabled the Crimson to maintain control of the game, scoring nine more goals while holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the final 36:47. Midfielder Danielle Tetreault and attacker Jen VanderMeulen finished with four goals each.

Harvard (3-3, 2-1 Ivy), which hosted its Alumnae Day at the game, evened up the all-time series with Yale 19-19-1.

Yale (1-7, 0-3 Ivy League) hosts Colgate next Friday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity