February 27, 2012

Road Trips Take Yale to BU, No. 14 Dartmouth this Week

Bulldogs Ready for Start of Ivy League Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Opening Day at Reese Stadium brought the Yale women's lacrosse team a 17-13 win over Holy Cross. The Bulldogs now look to take that success on the road as they play a pair of away games this week, visiting BU Wednesday at 4 p.m. and defending Ivy League co-champion No. 14 Dartmouth Saturday at Noon. The Dartmouth game marks the start of Ivy League play.

Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) had its best offensive day in two years in the win over Holy Cross, and it came from a balanced attack. Three different players scored four goals each: senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) and junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.). That was a career high in goals for McCormick, who also caused three turnovers and picked up two draw controls and two ground balls.

While Crow and Rhodes were two of Yale's top three goal scorers a year ago, McCormick's emergence could be a sign of things to come from the Bulldogs' underclassmen. The sophomores and freshmen accounted for nine of the 12 starting spots on Saturday, and combined for nine goals and three assists in the game. Sophomore attacker Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.) had a pair of goals and an assist, and freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) had a pair of goals despite being under the weather.

Senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) made nine saves on Saturday, including three stops on five 8-meter shots by the Crusaders.

Holy Cross had beaten Yale 12-5 last season, making this year's victory over the Crusaders all the more impressive. BU (0-2, 0-0 America East) also beat the Bulldogs 12-5 last year, so Yale will once again aim for a reversal of fortune on Wednesday afternoon.

Both of BU's losses this season have been by two goals -- 13-11 at UMass and 11-9 at Harvard. In both cases the Terriers fell behind early and could not make a comeback. They trailed UMass 9-5 and Harvard 8-5 early in the second half before making runs that came up short.

BU Attacker Danielle Etrasco, who scored four goals against the Bulldogs last year en route to earning America East co-Player of the Year and IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors, leads the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists. Attacker Mallory Collins is second with five goals. Christina Sheridan, who stopped eight of 13 Yale shots in last year's game, has a .415 save percentage and a 12.00 goals-against average this season.

Yale will get a good idea of where it stands in the Ivy League by playing Dartmouth in its first Ancient Eight game. The Big Green tied Penn for the league title last year (6-1), and has finished among the top three in the Ivy standings 17 times in Amy Patton's 19 years as head coach. The Bulldogs had a run of three straight wins in the series from 2006 through 2008, but Dartmouth has won the last three. That includes a 9-8 Big Green win last year in New Haven, after Yale nearly erased a 5-1 deficit. Sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs with three goals, while McCormick added a pair.

Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) opened its season with a 13-7 win at New Hampshire last Saturday. Midfielder Kirsten Goldberg set a career high with five goals, while attacker Hannah Bowers and midfielder Sarah Plumb added three each. Plumb, who is on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, also had five draw controls. Goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello, last season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, made four saves on 11 shots.

 

Yale at BU, Wednesday, 4 p.m.:

 

Yale at Dartmouth, Saturday, Noon:

 

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

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