Yale Heads Across Long Island Sound to Face Stony Brook Wednesday

Kerri Fleishhacker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kerri Fleishhacker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Beat Seawolves 14-10 Last Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team will board the ferry to one of the country's lacrosse hotbeds on Wednesday afternoon, as a game at Stony Brook takes the Bulldogs to Long Island. With nine of the 24 players on Yale's roster hailing from New York, the game will feel like a homecoming to many. Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium will host the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse championship in May.

Yale (3-7, 0-4 Ivy League) has played well in stretches during its last seven games, though the Bulldogs only have one win to show for their efforts in that span. They held Harvard scoreless for the final 31:02 on Mar. 24, and held No. 18 Princeton to just one goal in the first 23:52 this past Saturday. The team's 25 goals in games at Marist and Colgate Mar. 28 and 31 tied for the best goal total in back-to-back games since Mar. 31-Apr. 3, 2010, when the Bulldogs totaled 26 goals in games vs. New Hampshire and Harvard.

Senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) is riding an eight-game goal-scoring streak, and with eight goals and 12 points in the last three games she has taken over the team lead in scoring (19-5-24). Her previous career high in goals was 12, and her previous career high in points was 17.

Junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) is next on Yale's scoring list (13-4-17). After that, every other player who has scored a point for Yale comes from either the freshman class (47 points, scored by five different players) or the sophomore class (36 points, scored by six different players). Among players with 10 or more shots, the Bulldogs' two most accurate shooters are sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Reilly Foote (Newton, Mass.), who have both connected on 50 percent of their shots.

Yale's leader in ground balls is freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) (21) and Yale's leader in draw controls is freshman midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) (25). Doherty has a chance to become the first Yale player with 40 or more draws in a season since All-American Lauren Taylor '09 had 43 in 2007.

A pair of sophomores, midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) (12) and defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) (10) lead Yale in caused turnovers. Another sophomore, goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) has started the last five games in goal and has stopped 45 of 102 shots in that span.

In addition to Avallone, DeVito, McMullan and Rhodes, Yale's other New York natives are freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.), freshman goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.),  senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.).

Yale beat Stony Brook 14-10 last season at Reese Stadium thanks to hat tricks from DeVito, sophomore attacker Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.) and Bray Ketchum '11. McMullan and Quackenbush split time in goal.

Stony Brook (10-3, 3-0 America East) is a much different team this year, though, as Joe Spallina has taken over as head coach after winning three straight Division II National Championships at Adelphi. The Seawolves surpassed last season's victory total (4-11) by the fifth game of this season, a 15-14 upset at then-No. 20 Johns Hopkins. SBU's three losses have all come against teams ranked in the top six nationally.

Stony Brook is coming off a record-setting 21-13 win vs. Vermont. Attacker Claire Petersen, one of four players who transferred from Adelphi to play for Spallina, tied her own single-game record with 10 points on seven goals and three assists. With 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points this season, she has taken over as Stony Brook's single-season leader in assists and points. She leads the NCAA in points per game (6.73).

Midfielder Demmianne Cook, another transfer from Adelphi, set the SBU single-season goals record in that Vermont game and now has an NCAA-leading 51 for the year (51-6-57). Midfielder Janine Hillier, a transfer from Florida and the sister of SBU assistant coach Kim Hillier, gives the Seawolves three 50-point scorers (36-14-50). Midfielder Michelle Rubino leads the team in draw controls (72) and caused turnovers (16).

Two players, Frankie Caridi and Hannah Perruccio, have seen time in goal for Stony Brook. They have combined for a .372 save percentage and a 9.23 goals-against average. Caridi has started each of the last three games after leaving the Johns Hopkins game with an injury and missing the next five games.

Yale at Stony Brook, Wednesday, 3 p.m.:


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