Yale Visits No. 13 Cornell Saturday

Katherine Sherrill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katherine Sherrill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Last Ivy League Game for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team looks to finish the Ivy League portion of its schedule on a winning note this Saturday with a game at Cornell at Noon. The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of Ivy League wins in the last week at Reese Stadium, having knocked off both Brown and Columbia.

Yale (5-8, 2-4 Ivy League) has played some of its best lacrosse of the season recently, with the defense holding the Bulldogs' opponent to nine or fewer goals four times in the last month. The defense will face a challenge this week in going up against a Cornell attack that leads the Ivy League in offense, averaging more than 14 goals per game.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is coming off a 12-save game vs. Columbia, the fourth time this season she has made double-digit saves in a game.

Ironically, one of Yale's best defenders this season is the player who scored three goals against the Big Red last year: sophomore Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.), who played midfield last season. Tarver just helped hold Brown's leading scorer scoreless on Wednesday. She is second on the team in caused turnovers with 11, trailing only sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) (14).

Yale's offensive leader of late has been senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), who has had six straight multiple-point games. She has scored 28 points in that span and has had back-to-back five-goal games. She also has an 11-game point scoring streak. Junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) has scored multiple points in each of her last four games.

Crow (29-11-40) and Rhodes (19-6-25) are Yale's top two scorers. Sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.Y.) leads the team in draw controls (34) and is tied for the team lead in ground balls (26) with sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.). Freshman midfielder Reilly Foote (Newton, Mass.) leads the team in shooting percentage (.538) among those with 10 or more shots.

Cornell (8-4, 3-2 Ivy League) started the season with five wins but is just 3-4 since; however, all four losses have come to teams ranked in the top 16. The Big Red is coming off a 16-9 loss to No. 2 Syracuse. Cornell is part of a three-way tie for third in the Ivy League, and could finish anywhere from tied for first to tied for fifth. Saturday's game will thus have major implications for the Ivy League tournament, as only the top four teams in the league make it.

Saturday is Senior Day for Cornell, which has nine seniors on its 29-player roster. That includes attacker Jessi Steinberg, who scored four goals against the Bulldogs last year. She is currently tied for the Ivy League lead in goals per game and is second in points per game (37-17-54 in 12 games).  Attacker Caroline Salisbury (30-15-45) and attacker Olivia Knotts (28-14-42) give Cornell two more players with more than 40 points. Midfielder Shannon McHugh has a team-best 38 draw controls, and had three against the Bulldogs last year.

Three different players have seen time in goal for Cornell, and they have combined for a .396 save percentage and a 10.58 goals-against average. Lefty Kyla Dambach and righty Courtney Gallagher split time in goal against Yale last year.

Yale at Cornell, Saturday, Noon:

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