Bulldogs Fall to No. 12 Princeton on Reese Dedication Day

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

Quackenbush Makes 18 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Princeton spoiled the start of a doubleheader on the day that Yale dedicated Reese Stadium, topping the Yale women's lacrosse team 9-3 Saturday. Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush made 18 saves, while freshman attacker Jen DeVito had two goals and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes had one.

A large crowd was on hand for the day, which began with a dedication ceremony in the morning and continued with the Yale-Dartmouth men's game after the women's game. The Bulldogs tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Rhodes at 26:33 of the first, but after that the Tigers went on a 5-0 run that spanned the rest of the first half and nearly 20 minutes of the second half. Quackenbush kept things close with seven of her saves in the first half, when she also limited Princeton to an 0-for-3 performance from the 8-meter arc.

DeVito stopped Princeton's run by converting a free-position shot with 10:33 left in the game to make the score 6-2. She scored on another free-position shot four minutes later to get the score to 7-3, but Princeton tacked on the final two goals of the game for the 9-3 final.

In addition to the Reese dedication, the Bulldogs also honored women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz, who passed away last Sunday after spending more than two years battling cancer. A moment of silence was observed before the game, and the team wore special wristbands in Mandi's honor. Senior midfielder Bray Ketchum was a teammate of Mandi's on the ice hockey team.

Yale (2-9, 0-4 Ivy League) travels to Columbia on Friday.

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