May 3, 2011

Flatley and Kidd Earn All-Ivy Honors

Senior Defenders Recognized by League's Coaches

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of seniors who were key parts of Yale's defense were honored by the Ivy League on Tuesday as the league announced its annual awards. Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.), the Bulldogs' captain and the team leader in ground balls, was named second team All-Ivy. Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.), who led the team in caused turnovers, was named honorable mention All-Ivy.

This is the first All-Ivy recognition for Kidd, who has been one of Yale's best defenders while playing every game for the last three seasons. Regularly called upon to mark the opposing team's biggest offensive threat, she had career highs in ground balls (25) and caused turnovers (14) this year. She had 13 of those ground balls in Ivy League games, including three in Yale's near-upset of eventual league co-champion Dartmouth on Mar. 5.

A three-sport athlete and Atlanta Journal Constitution Athlete of the Year at The Westminster School prior to coming to Yale, Kidd is a political science major in Jonathan Edwards College.

This is the second All-Ivy recognition for Flatley, who was also an honorable mention selection in 2009. She has been one of Yale's most versatile players throughout her career, and finished this season with a career-high 22 caused turnovers -- the fourth straight season she has reached double digits in caused turnovers. She led the team in that category and was second in ground balls with 23.

A year ago Flatley played midfield and was second on the team in goals (21) and points (22), but this season the Bulldogs needed her to focus more on the defensive end of the field. She had 11 caused turnovers and 11 ground balls in Ivy games, including a season-high five caused turnovers against Cornell and three ground balls against both Penn and Princeton.

Flatley, who won three Pennsylvania AAA District 1 state championships at Conestoga High, is a political science major in Pierson College.

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

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