Yale at Marist Wednesday Afternoon

Ashley McCormick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ashley McCormick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seek Third Straight Win vs. Red Foxes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team seeks a return to the win column this Wednesday with a trip to Marist for a 4 p.m. game. The Bulldogs have beaten the Red Foxes in each of the past two seasons.

Yale (2-5, 0-3 Ivy League) has a streak of 31:02 without allowing a goal in progress after shutting out Harvard in the second half Saturday. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) has started the past two games and totaled 21 saves, but she does not have a win to show for it. The Bulldogs have dropped four in a row after starting the season 2-1.

Harvard's seven goals Saturday represented the lowest total for a Yale opponent since Apr. 1, 2011 (Colgate, seven). But the Bulldogs were limited to a season-low five goals themselves, all in the second half. Freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) extended her point-scoring streak to seven games with a free position goal, and senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) scored to extend her goal-scoring streak to five games. Avallone also had a team-high three ground balls, and sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) had a pair of caused turnovers to extend her team-leading total in that category to nine.

Avallone leads the team in goals with 12, while junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) leads the team in points (11-4-15).

Yale had a season-low eight turnovers against Harvard, and just one failed clear. The Bulldogs are 81 for 101 (.802) on clears this year, a dramatic improvement over last season (97-140, .693). With just 20 more goals they will surpass last season's goal total (83). They are also just five free position goals away from passing last season's total in that category (18).

Yale and Marist have met each of the last two seasons, with the Bulldogs winning 9-8 in 2010 at Tenney Stadium and 11-8 last year at Reese Stadium after rallying from a 7-3 deficit. Rhodes had four goals against the Red Foxes each year; last year Crow added a hat trick. Senior goalie Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) totaled 21 saves in the two games.

Marist (1-8, 0-0 MAAC) has lost three in a row since getting its first win of the season Mar. 11, 13-12 vs. St. Mary's in Denver, Colo.  The Red Foxes have allowed 16 or more goals in four of their last five games. Midfielder Jamie Romano, a first team All-MAAC selection last season, leads the team with 19 goals, 21 points, 31 draw controls and 16 ground balls. Two freshman defenders, Christine Astarita and Sheri Fauvell, have a team-best 12 caused turnovers each. Goalie Ashley Casiano has a .422 save percentage and a 13.55 goals-against average. Marist has been outshot 282-167 this year.

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


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