April 9, 2011

Bulldogs Host No. 12 Princeton Saturday as Part of Reese Dedication

Doubleheader Includes Men's Game vs. Dartmouth

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts Princeton Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader as part of the dedication of Reese Stadium.

Yale picked up a win in its last time out at Reese, topping Colgate 10-7. The Bulldogs have seen increased scoring from their freshmen in the past two games, led by a hat trick from midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) in the win over Colgate and a pair of goals from attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) Sunday at No. 18 Georgetown. The game against Colgate also saw the first career goals for a pair of newcomers, midfielder Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) and attacker Sabine van der Linden (London, England). All told, the freshman class has scored eight goals in the last two games.

Senior defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.) continues to anchor Yale's defense. The Bulldog captain has moved into the team lead in ground balls for the season (16) by grabbing seven in the past two games. She also has four caused turnovers in that span, moving into second place on the team in that category behind senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.).

Yale (2-8, 0-3 Ivy League) has enjoyed a bit of a home field advantage at Reese this season. The Bulldogs have played an equal amount of home games and road games but have significantly more goals (38 to 18), assists (12 to 5), ground balls (75 to 57), draw controls (51 to 40) and caused turnovers (39 to 22) when playing at Reese.

Princeton (5-3, 2-0 Ivy League) is one of six teams currently in the IWLCA top 20 on Yale's schedule. The Tigers have won two in a row, including a 12-11 victory over Georgetown and a 15-10 win at Cornell. Goalkeeper Erin Tochihara earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors for her work against the Big Red, making 10 saves and denying four of eight free-position shots. She ranks third in the league in goals-against average (10.00) and save percentage (.477).

The Tiger offense is led by 17 goals from attacker Lizzy Drumm and 13 from midfielder Cassie Pyle, whose older brother Bryce Pyle '09 played for the Yale men's team. Princeton's roster also includes Sam Ellis, the sister of former Yale men's lacrosse player Jordan Ellis '07. Attacker Jaci Gassaway leads the team in points (12-10-22).

The dedication of Reese recognizes a project that started with the change from grass to Field Turf and now has seen the addition of a completely new facility with new seats, team areas and a press box. The stadium is named after two former Bulldogs, brothers Jason '87 and Jon Reese '90.

Following the Yale-Princeton women's game, the Yale men's team hosts Dartmouth.

 

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