Yale Heads to New York to Take on Columbia

Kaitlyn Flatley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kaitlyn Flatley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs 14-0 All-time vs. Lions

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team heads to New York on Friday for a 4 p.m. game at Columbia, putting its 14-0 all-time record vs. the Lions on the line.

Yale beat Columbia 12-4 last season, buoyed by scoring from seven different players. Five of those players had two goals each: sophomore midfielder Kristen Chapman (Belmont, Mass.), junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.), senior midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.).

Rhodes (14 goals) and Crow (12) are battling for the team lead in that category, with freshman attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) not far behind with 10. Flatley and senior defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.), Yale's captain, are tied for the team lead in draw controls (18) and they have both reached double-digits in caused turnovers for the season – 14 for Flatley and 10 for Kidd.

Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.), who had 12 saves against the Lions last year, is coming off a career-high 18 saves vs. No. 12 Princeton from last Saturday. She has reached double-digits in saves three times in the last six games, and has a .534 save percentage over the last three games.

Yale (2-9, 0-4 Ivy League) is in the midst of a stretch of four straight Ivy League games. The Bulldogs fell to No. 12 Princeton last Saturday in the dedication of Reese Stadium.

Like Yale, Columbia (2-8, 0-4 Ivy League) is seeking its first Ivy League win. The Lions nearly knocked off Cornell, falling 9-7, but in their other three league games they have been outscored 42-19. Columbia's attack has shown the potential to post some big numbers, scoring 12 or more goals four times this season. That included a 13-12 overtime loss to Quinnipiac last Wednesday in which attacker Kacie Johnson scored eight goals, setting a school record and earning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors. In addition to Johnson, who has 40 points (27 goals and 13 assists), the Bulldogs must also keep an eye on midfielders Taylor Gattinella (21 goals) and Olivia Mann (17 goals). Gattinella, an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last season, also has a team-leading 22 ground balls.

Karlee Blank, the only goalie on Columbia's roster, has played every minute and has a .487 save percentage and 11.50 goals-against average. She is the busiest goalie in the Ivy League, averaging more than 11 saves per game. Defender Flannery Gallagher leads the team with 12 caused turnovers. 

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