March 19, 2012

Yale Heads to Boston for Game at BU Wednesday

Re-Scheduled from Feb. 29

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a winter storm postponed their originally scheduled game on Feb. 29, the Yale women's lacrosse team heads to Boston this Wednesday (4 p.m.) for another chance to take on BU. The Terriers are coming off a trip to California where they went 2-0, while the Bulldogs are looking to snap a two-game losing streak. This will be a battle of two relatively young teams, as 35 of the 49 players on the two rosters are freshmen and sophomores (19 of 24 for Yale, 16 of 25 for BU).

Yale (2-3, 0-2 Ivy League) played tough against a pair of ranked opponents last week, falling to No. 7 Notre Dame 15-9 and No. 9 Penn 12-6. The Bulldogs continue to get plenty of scoring from underclassmen, as freshmen accounted for five of the six goals against the Quakers. That included the first career hat trick for freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.), who has moved into a tie for the team lead in goals (nine) with senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), Yale's captain. Junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) has the team lead in points (8-4-12), one more than Avallone and two more than Crow.

In addition to those three, freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) (7-3-10) gives Yale four players with double-digit points -- already one more than they had last year, when only Crow, Rhodes and sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) accomplished that feat. The Bulldogs are on pace to score 153 goals this season, 70 more than they scored last year.

The Bulldogs are also on pace to get 70 more draw controls than they had last year, thanks in part to the work of freshman midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.). With a team-high 16 draws in five games, she has a chance to become the first Yale player with 40 or more draws in a season since Lauren Taylor '08 had 43 in 2007. Sophomore attacker Sabine van der Linden (London, England) has 10 draws, just four away from matching her total from all of last season. BU gives up an average of 13.6 draws per game.

Yale is 11-4 all-time vs. the Terriers. The Bulldogs came away with an upset win in their last trip to Nickerson Field two years ago, when BU was ranked No. 13 in the country. Behind 16 saves from senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) and a hat trick from Crow, Yale won 11-9.

BU (3-4, 0-0 America East) has scored in double digits five times in seven games, and two Terriers have already cracked the 20-goal mark. Five-foot-three attacker Danielle Etrasco leads the way offensively (26-7-33), and she is on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy. She had four goals in BU's 12-5 win at Yale last year. Attacker Mallory Collins (22-2-24) has already won a pair of America East Rookie of the Week honors.

BU goalie Christina Sheridan, an America East All-Rookie Team selection last season, has a .436 save percentage and an 11.61 goals-against average. She had a season-high 11 saves in the Terriers' 13-6 loss at No. 17 Dartmouth earlier this year.

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

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