NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Last season, the Yale women's lacrosse team faced Cornell in the regular season finale with a spot in the Ivy League tournament on the line. This time around, when the Big Red comes to Reese Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m., neither team has a chance at a spot in the tournament, but the Bulldogs will have the chance to nab their first league win.
The Bulldogs will look to re-establish control of a series that has been marked by close battles in recent years. Yale won four out of five against Cornell from 2003 through 2007, but the Big Red has claimed the last three meetings. Eight of the last 13 meetings between these two teams have been decided by three goals or fewer, including Cornell's 7-6 win at Reese two years ago. The Big Red came away with a 12-5 win in Ithaca last year, pulling away with four goals in the final five minutes to earn a spot in the postseason.
Yale has hung close in four of five league games this year, but has not been able to pull out a win yet. The Bulldogs lost to No. 14 Dartmouth by just one goal; they also were within a goal of No. 8 Penn with 19 minutes left, trailed No. 15 Princeton just 4-1 with 17 minutes left and were within a goal of Columbia with 13 minutes left. In each of those last three cases, the game ended with Yale's opponent stringing together a series of goals to pull away in the end.
Sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) leads the Bulldogs in goals with 15, with junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) (12) second. Freshman attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) has come on strong thanks to a five-game goal-scoring streak; seven of her 11 goals for the season have come in that span.
Senior defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.), Yale's captain, took over the team lead in ground balls with a pair in the last game at Columbia to give her 20 for the season. Senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) is next with 19. She and Kidd are also Yale's top two in caused turnovers for the season -- 15 for Flatley and 11 for Kidd.
Junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) enters the weekend third in the league in save percentage in Ivy games (.516).
Cornell (4-7, 2-4 Ivy League) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-7 win over Brown last Saturday. Five of the Big Red's losses this year have come against top-20 teams.
Attacker Jessi Steinberg, a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, leads the Cornell attack. She is second in the Ivy League in goals per game (30 in 11 games) and also has 20 draw controls.
The Big Red also features one of the Ivy League's best defensive players in midfielder/defender Kate Ivory. She leads the league in caused turnovers per game (21 in 11 games) and ground balls per game (26 in 11 games). She comes from Episcopal Academy, the same school that produced Yale senior midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.).
Admission to Saturday's game is free.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity