April 28, 2012

Four Goals for Crow, but Bulldogs fall at No. 18 BC in Finale

Senior Captain Finishes with Team-Best 35 Goals

NEWTON, Mass. – Senior attacker Caroline Crow, Yale's captain, did her best to make the most of her final game in Blue Saturday afternoon at No. 18 Boston College. She scored the final four goals of the season, including one that pulled the Bulldogs within 6-4 heading into halftime. But BC was able to contain the rest of Yale's attack and eventually pulled away for a 16-5 win.

After freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone tied the game 1-1 at 26:11 of the first, the rest of the game wound up being dominated by BC and Crow. The Eagles reeled off the next three goals -- including two right after draw controls -- to go up 4-1.

After losing the first five draw controls of the game, the Bulldogs brought in freshman midfielder Emily Rutland to take the sixth, and she got the ball to a spot where Avallone could come away with it to set Yale up for a score. After a shooting space call on BC, Crow scored on the free position shot to get Yale within 4-2.

Two goals by attacker Covie Stanwick increased the BC lead to 6-2, but Crow scored twice in the final three minutes of the half. One came off a feed from freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker, the 68th (and final) point for Yale's freshman class this season. Crow also raced out from behind the cage to rifle one in with 15 seconds left on the clock, giving the Bulldogs some momentum heading into halftime.

But BC (9-8, 1-4 ACC) began pulling away early in the second, scoring the first three goals of the half -- all on free position shots. That included the 46th of the season for midfielder Kristin Igoe, who became BC's career leader in goals (165). The Bulldogs also got a scare when Fleishhacker hit the turf after an apparent injury early in the half and had to leave the game, but she eventually returned.

Crow scored on a free position with 16:08 to play, but that wound up being the last goal of the day for Yale. Sophomore attacker Sabine van der Linden (four draws) helped the Bulldogs reverse the early edge in draw controls for BC, but the Bulldogs were hurt by 16 second-half fouls (only eight for BC) and nine second-half turnovers.

The Eagles had their lead up to 11-5 when the Bulldogs got two of their best shots to get back in the game. But BC keeper Catherine Conway stopped a free position shot by Fleishhacker, then got low to deny a shot by freshman midfielder Reilly Foote right after that. She also stopped a free position shot by Avallone with less than nine minutes to play, and went on to finish with seven saves. Yale sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan made eight. BC scored the final seven goals of the game.  

Crow shot .467 this season and finished with the team lead in goals (35), assists (14) and points (49), all more than double her previous career highs. She had at least one point in every game except one, and ended the year with eight straight multiple-point games. This was the final game for her and senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush.

Yale (5-10, 2-5 Ivy League) will hold its post-season team banquet on Monday afternoon.

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