March 30, 2011

Busy Weekend Has Yale Playing at Reese, then in D.C.

Bulldogs Host Colgate, then Visit No. 17 Georgetown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two games in a span of 48 hours, including one against a top-20 team, will put the Yale women's lacrosse team to the test this weekend. The Bulldogs start out by hosting Colgate at Reese Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday. They then make the 300-mile trip to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and play at No. 17 Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m.

Yale (1-7, 0-3 Ivy League) plays four straight Ivy League games after these two non-league games, so the Bulldogs will look to gain some momentum for Ancient Eight play from their meetings with the Raiders and the Hoyas. Yale is 6-1 all-time vs. Colgate, including a 13-11 overtime win the last time the two teams met (Mar. 14, 2006 in Palm Beach, Fla.).

The Bulldogs had their best offensive day of the season three weeks ago in a non-league game at Reese, beating Marist 11-8. Yale's next-best offensive day also came at Reese, eight goals in a one-goal loss to No. 18 Dartmouth Mar. 5.

Yale's top two scorers entering the weekend are sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) (12-3-15) and junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) (11-2-13). Rhodes has 10 goals in the last five games, and Crow needs one more goal to tie her career high. Senior attacker Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) brings a four-game point scoring streak into the weekend.

Senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) leads Yale in ground balls (13) and caused turnovers (11). Flatley has now reached double figures in caused turnovers in every year of her Yale career.

Colgate (6-4, 3-0 Patriot League) brings a high-powered offense to the Elm City. The Raiders are coming off a 19-9 win over Binghamton, the third time this season they have scored at least 19 goals in a game. Colgate has also had eight different players score in a game three times this season. Midfielder Courtney Miller led the scoring Tuesday with three goals and five assists. Midfielder Colleen Bubnack, who has scored at least one goal in 18 straight games, leads the team in goals (34), points (49) and caused turnovers (10). Christina Roa has a .414 save percentage and a 14.03 goals-against average.

Admission to Friday's game at Reese Stadium is free.

Georgetown (2-5, 1-0 Big East), which plays at UConn Friday, has had all five of its losses this season come at the hands of teams currently ranked in the top 12 in the country. The Hoyas nearly knocked off No. 12 Princeton last time out, falling to the Tigers 12-11 in New Jersey. Georgetown also nearly beat No. 4 North Carolina, losing 13-10.

Georgetown and Yale have met each of the last two seasons, both Hoya wins. The Georgetown attack is led by five-foot tall Jordy Kirr, who has 10 goals and nine assists. Kirr, a second team All-Big East selection, had a goal and an assist last year against the Bulldogs. Midfielder Sophia Thomas leads the team in goals (14) and ground balls (13). A pair of high school All-Americans, Barb Black and Lauren Thomas, have split time in goal. Black has a .316 save percentage and a 12.14 goals-against average and Thomas is at .219 and 18.41.

Sunday's game will be a homecoming for Yale assistant coach Jordan Trautman, a 2009 Georgetown graduate who was a second team All-American defender for the Hoyas.

Sunday's game will be televised in the Georgetown area on Verizon FiOS.

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