March 3, 2012

No. 14 Dartmouth Avoids Upset Bid by Yale, 9-8

Three Points for Avallone

HANOVER, N.H. – Facing the defending Ivy League co-champions Saturday afternoon at No. 14 Dartmouth, the Yale women's lacrosse team found itself in an early 3-0 hole. But the Bulldogs gradually whittled away at that lead, and after freshman midfielder Reilly Foote scored her first career goal with 12:17 to play the game was tied 8-8 and an upset was within reach. But as they had done last year, the Big Green escaped the Bulldogs' grasp with a one-goal victory. Midfielder Sarah Plumb's goal with 2:12 to play, her sixth of the day, gave Dartmouth the 9-8 win.

Plumb scored two of the first three Big Green goals as Yale (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League) fell behind 3-0 in the first 10 minutes. On their last visit to Scully-Fahey Field two years ago, the Bulldogs had also fallen behind early. But that time they could not respond, and Dartmouth pulled away to finish off a 12-5 win. This time, Yale answered by scoring four of the next six goals, from four different players -- sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick, sophomore attacker Meghan Murray (assisted by junior attacker Devon Rhodes), freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone and freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (the first of her career). Plumb stopped the bleeding for the Big Green by scoring on a free position shot with only one second left in the first half.

Dartmouth (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) extended its lead back to three by scoring the first goal of the second half, but Yale once again had a response. McCormick set up a goal by Rhodes, and Fleishhacker converted from the 8-meter arc to bring Yale within one with 21:34 to play.

Attacker Hana Bowers gave Dartmouth some breathing room by scoring five minutes after Fleishhacker's goal, but the Bulldogs continued to make things interesting. After Avallone scored on a free position shot with 12:28 to play, she got the draw control and set up Foote for the game-tying goal 11 seconds later.

Senior goalie Whitney Quackenbush made three saves with the game tied 8-8, including one on a free position shot by Plumb with 11 minutes to play. But the Bulldogs could not get any shots on goal at the other end of the field, and after Plumb's goal with 2:12 left, Dartmouth got the draw control and the Bulldogs were denied their chance at getting the equalizer. Quackenbush finished with six saves, while Dartmouth's Kristen Giovanniello made seven.

Yale returns home to host Bryant Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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