Final Home Game Wednesday Afternoon vs. Brown

Whitney Quackenbush. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seek to Improve to 4-2 at Reese

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Reese Stadium has been feeling more and more like home for the Yale women's lacrosse team, as the Bulldogs have won four of their last six games there dating back to the end of last season. A win vs. Brown in the home finale this Wednesday would give Yale a 4-2 mark at Reese this year, which would be the team's best home winning percentage since moving to Reese in 2009.

Yale (4-8, 1-4 Ivy League) is coming off a 13-9 win vs. Columbia at Reese in which senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) scored five goals and had two assists. Her seven points were the most by a Bulldog since junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) had eight in a 17-13 win vs. Harvard at Reese Apr. 3, 2010.

Crow now leads Yale in goals (24), assists (11) and points (35), at least doubling her previous career highs in each of those categories. Rhodes (17-5-22) is next on the team in scoring, with sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) right behind her (12-9-21). DeVito did not score her first point of the season until Mar. 21, but since that day only Crow has scored more.

A pair of freshmen midfielders, Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) are tied for the team lead in ground balls with 23, with sophomore defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) just one behind. Tarver is also second on the team in caused turnovers with 10, trailing only sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) (13). Doherty leads Yale in draw controls with 32, the most by a Bulldog since Jenn Warden '09 had 37 in 2008. The Yale record is 44 by Miles Whitman '04 in 2004, the first season that stat was kept regularly.

Senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) got the win vs. Columbia in her first appearance since Mar. 17. Sophomore Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) had started the previous five games. The Bulldogs have held their opponents to single digits in three of the last six games, something they did just once in the 10 games prior to that dating back to last season.

In addition to shoring up the defense recently, Yale has also dramatically improved its ability to clear the ball. The Bulldogs have been successful on 152 of 188 clears this year, a .809 percentage that is nearly 100 points better than last year's (.718).

With just 10 more goals the Bulldogs will also have their highest-scoring season since 2008 (170). With five players having scored 10 or more goals, this is Yale's deepest squad in that regard since seven players cracked double digits in 2008. McCormick (eight goals) and freshman midfielder Reilly Foote (Newton, Mass.) (seven goals) are close to joining the 10-goal club. Foote, at .538, is Yale's most accurate shooter.

With each team featuring 19 freshmen and sophomores, Wednesday's game pits two relatively young teams against each other. Brown (6-5, 1-3 Ivy League) still has a chance to grab one of the four spots in the Ivy League tournament, but the Bears will need some help to qualify. They opened league play with a 14-10 win at Columbia but have since dropped three straight Ancient Eight games, to Princeton (18-8), Dartmouth (14-8) and Harvard (16-8). The Bears have won four straight non-league games, totaling 66 goals in wins over Bryant, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Stanford.

Attacker Kaela McGilloway leads Brown in scoring (21-22-43), and had five points in the Bears' 11-4 win over Yale last season. She is one of six Bears with 10 or more goals this season.

Overall, Yale leads the series with Brown 30-7.

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

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