Rhodes Wins Bowditch Award as Most Valuable Player
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team announced its annual awards at the team's season-ending luncheon Wednesday in the Kiphuth Trophy Room at Payne Whitney Gym. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) received the Bowditch Award as the team's most valuable player and junior defender Kallie Parchman (Baltimore, Md.) received the Holgate Award for dedication. Additionally, freshman midfielder Tori Virtue (Rye, N.Y.) won the Most Improved Player Award.
Rhodes, Yale's captain, enjoyed the best season of her career as she shot .457 and finished with the team lead in points (37-16-53). She tied for the team lead in assists and was second on the team in goals. She set career highs in all three scoring categories.
A second team All-Ivy League selection this year and as a freshman, Rhodes finished 12th on Yale's career leader list with 135 points, 13th on Yale's career leader list with 101 goals and 15th on Yale's career leader list with 34 assists. She led Yale in points three times and goals twice in her career and was among Yale's top two in goals and points every year.
Rhodes is in the Ivy League's top five in all three scoring categories this season (tied for third in assists, tied for fourth in points and tied for fifth in goals). She ended the season with a seven-game point scoring streak, and had seven hat tricks.
Rhodes is an American studies major in Berkeley College. Prior to Yale she attended Northport and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team.
The Bowditch Award is named after Barbara Bowditch, the coach of Yale's first varsity team (1976). It is determined by a team vote.
The Holgate Award that Parchman received is given to the player whose dedication to the ideals of Yale and to the success of women's lacrosse measure up to the standards set by James G. "Gib" Holgate, a member of the Yale athletic administration from 1954 to 1985. It is determined by a team vote.
Parchman has not missed a game in her career, having emerged as a key part of Yale's defense in her freshman year. She has started 40 of 45 games, including 29 in the past two seasons. A reliable crease defender, she tied her career high with seven caused turnovers this past season. For her career she has 25 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers and seven draw controls.
Parchman is a psychology/economics major in Morse College. Prior to Yale she attended Roland Park and played for Sky Walkers.
Virtue earned the Most Improved Player Award, which is determined by the coaches, after developing into a key sub over the course of the year. After playing in just two of the first six games, she played in six of the final nine. She picked up her first stats in the second-to-last game of the year, when she had two ground balls against BU. She capped her season by scoring her first career goal in the finale, a 10-8 win at Brown.
Virtue is in Ezra Stiles College. Prior to Yale she attended Rye and played for Connecticut Lacrosse Futures.
At the luncheon Yale also announced that junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) has been elected captain for 2013-14.
Yale finished the 2013 season with its best win total in five years and improved its win total over the previous season for the second straight year. The Bulldogs scored 32 more goals than they scored in 2012, a remarkable 23 percent increase.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity