Season Opener Saturday at Holy Cross

Courteney Rutter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Courteney Rutter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Return Six of Top Seven Scorers from a Year Ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2013 season for the Yale women's lacrosse team opens Saturday with a game at Holy Cross. Yale is coming off a 137-goal season, its best scoring output since 2008. Six of the top seven scorers from a year ago return.

Last year's scoring spree got started in the opener against Holy Cross. After having a 15-game winning streak in the series snapped with a 12-5 loss to Holy Cross in 2011, the Bulldogs bounced back with a vengeance in 2012. They scored a season-high 17 goals in beating the Crusaders 17-13, getting four goals each from Caroline Crow '12, junior defender Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) and senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.). Junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) had four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Rhodes, Yale's captain, is the team's top returning scorer (21-6-27). With 64 career goals, she needs just 16 more this season to crack the school's all-time top 15. Three other returnees -- sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) (17-5-22), sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) (16-6-22) and junior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) (12-9-21) -- are coming off double-digit seasons in goals scored. Sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) led the team in draw controls (36) and ground balls (32).

The Bulldogs have three new staff members this season under Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. New assistant coaches Jill Boffa and Tanya Kotowicz both have previous experience as head coaches, and Boffa has been honored as coach of the year three times. Kotowicz was a two-time team captain at UConn. New volunteer assistant Melissa Schweitzer just completed her career at Temple.

Holy Cross (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League) opened its season with an 8-7 win at Bryant, then fell to No. 18/20 Boston College 17-8 last Saturday. Attacker/midfielder Sara Hennessey has scored a team-high five goals, while midfielder Laura Ryan has three goals and a team-leading five draw controls. Goalie Sarah Weber, a second team all-Patriot League selection last year, has a .400 save percentage and a 12.00 goals-against average.

The Crusaders' roster includes defender Christina Amendola, sister of Yale senior defender Adrianna Amendola (Manorville, N.Y.) and midfielder/defender Catherine Rutter, sister of Yale junior midfielder Courteney Rutter (Summit, N.J.).


Yale at Holy Cross, Saturday, 1 p.m.:


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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