2014-15 Yale Women's Lacrosse News
June 4, 2015
Phillips To Leave Yale University
Anne Phillips, who has been Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse the last seven years, will not return to coach the team next season. She will continue to oversee the program until her contract ends at the end of this month.
May 8, 2015
Doherty, Fleishhacker and Mullins Honored with Team Awards
The Yale women's lacrosse team honored three seniors with team awards on Wednesday Apr. 29 at the team's season-ending luncheon at Smilow Field Center. Senior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) received the Bowditch Award as the team's most valuable player and senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.), Yale’s captain, received the Holgate Award for dedication. Additionally, senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) won the Most Improved Player Award.
May 8, 2015
Kate Walker Elected Captain for 2015-16
The Yale women’s lacrosse team has elected junior defender Kate Walker (Baltimore, Md.) captain for 2015-16. Walker was selected by a team vote Wednesday Apr. 29 during the team’s annual post-season luncheon in Smilow Field Center.
April 29, 2015
Doherty, Fleishhacker, Moore and Mullins Earn All-Ivy League Honors
The Yale women’s lacrosse team had four players honored by the Ivy League on Wednesday as the league announced its year-end awards. That included three second team All-Ivy League selections: senior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.), senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Victoria Moore (Concord, Mass.). Additionally, senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) was named honorable mention All-Ivy League.
April 25, 2015
Harvard Beats Yale, Claims Final Ivy League Tourney Spot
With a spot in the Ivy League Women?s Lacrosse Tournament hanging in the balance Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium, Harvard utilized a 9-0 run that started midway through the first period to break the game open en route to notching a 15-4 win vs. Yale.
April 23, 2015
Yale-Harvard Game Saturday Will Determine Final Ivy Tournament Spot
The next chapter in the Yale-Harvard women’s lacrosse rivalry includes some added incentive for both teams as the Bulldogs visit the Crimson Saturday for the regular season finale. The winner will advance to the Ivy League Tournament May 1-3 at Princeton, and the loser will be eliminated from postseason contention. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium, and the game can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
April 18, 2015
Second-Half Surge Lifts No. 11 Penn Past Yale, 13-7
The top two defenses in the Ivy League met Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field, and in the end No. 11 Penn was able to break open a game that was 5-3 at halftime to beat Yale 13-7. That was the most goals Yale had allowed since allowing 15 to Cornell Mar. 7, a span of eight games. Senior midfielder Cathryn Avallone had a hat trick to lead the Bulldog attack.
April 16, 2015
Battle in Philly Saturday Features Top Two Defenses in Ivy League
Goals may be at premium Saturday at Franklin Field as the Yale women’s lacrosse team takes on No. 11 Penn. These teams have the top two defenses in the Ivy League, with each allowing fewer than eight goals per game.
April 11, 2015
Thrilling 8-7 Win vs. Dartmouth on Senior Day for Yale
The seniors on the Yale women’s lacrosse team have been big contributors for all four years, so it was fitting that in their final home game on Saturday at Reese Stadium they delivered some more big numbers: five goals, four ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control. And it was a member of the Class of 2015 who got the final Bulldog goal to seal a thrilling Ivy League win over Dartmouth, as midfielder Christina Doherty’s tally with 1:58 left gave Yale the necessary cushion for an 8-7 win. Senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins made seven saves to backstop another outstanding defensive effort, as the Bulldogs held an opponent to seven goals or fewer for the fifth straight game.
April 10, 2015
Yale Battles Dartmouth on Senior Day Saturday at Reese
The Class of 2015 will be the focus as the Yale women’s lacrosse team hosts Dartmouth on Saturday at Reese Stadium. Prior to the game the Bulldogs will pay tribute to their seven seniors, midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.), defender Clare Curran (Alexandria, Va.), midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.), attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.), attacker Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.), goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) and midfielder Emily Rutland (Madison, N.J.). They will then seek to go out and beat the Big Green for a crucial Ivy League win in the final home game of the season.
April 4, 2015
No. 15 Princeton Holds off Yale Comeback Attempt, Wins 7-5
A comeback attempt fueled by a dominant defensive performance came up just short for the Yale women’s lacrosse team Saturday afternoon against No. 15 Princeton at Reese Stadium. After falling behind 6-2 midway through the first half, the Bulldogs shut the Tigers out for the next 42:55 while closing to within 6-5. But a goal by Princeton with 1:04 to play snapped the scoreless streak and helped seal a 7-5 Tigers win.
April 2, 2015
No. 15 Princeton at Reese Saturday
Ivy League play resumes for the Yale women’s lacrosse team on Saturday at Reese Stadium with a visit from one of the league’s three undefeated teams: No. 15 Princeton. The Bulldogs, coming off two straight wins, will look to start their climb up the Ancient Eight standings with a victory over the Tigers.
March 31, 2015
Mullins Named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) of the Yale women’s lacrosse team has been named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the New England Region for the week ending Mar. 29. The ECAC announced the award on Tuesday.
March 30, 2015
Fleishhacker, Mullins Earn Ivy League Weekly Awards
Two seniors who helped the Yale women’s lacrosse team go 2-0 this past week, attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) and goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.), have been honored with weekly awards by the Ivy League. Fleishhacker was named Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week, and Mullins was named Defensive Player of the Week. The league announced the award on Monday.
March 28, 2015
Watch Yale vs. San Diego State Saturday Night on ESPN3
Fans will be able to watch the Yale's women's lacrosse game vs. San Diego State at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night on ESPN3.
March 28, 2015
Bulldogs Roll in the Snow, 12-6 Over San Diego State
Mother Nature keeps throwing curveballs at the Yale women’s lacrosse team, but the Bulldogs remain unfazed. On Saturday night at Reese Stadium -- despite the fact that spring technically began more than a week ago -- the Bulldogs found themselves playing in a snowstorm. But by now they are used to less-than-ideal weather conditions, having played multiple games in the snow and cold (along with others in the rain and sleet). The formula for success that has emerged for Yale is straightforward: dominate on defense, and get offense from a variety of sources to produce a win. The Bulldogs did just that Saturday night vs. San Diego State, getting goals from seven different players and holding the Aztecs to their lowest goal total of the season for a 12-6 win.
March 26, 2015
Aztecs Bring Seven-Game Win Streak to Reese for Saturday Showdown
The first meeting ever between Yale and San Diego State in women’s lacrosse is set for Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Reese Stadium, when the Bulldogs will attempt to put an end to the Aztecs’ seven-game winning streak. The matchup pits an SDSU offense that ranks eighth in the nation (averaging 14.7 goals per game) against a Yale defense that has allowed just 20 total goals in its last four games. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 in addition to being available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
March 25, 2015
Trio of Hat Tricks Helps Yale to 14-6 Win vs. BU
It was Hat Trick Day at Reese Stadium Wednesday afternoon, as three different players on the Yale women’s lacrosse team scored three goals each to help the Bulldogs earn a 14-6 win vs. BU. That included the first career hat trick for freshman midfielder Maggie Pizzo, along with three-goal outings from senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker and sophomore attacker Tess McEvoy. The Yale defense, meanwhile, held BU to its second-lowest goal total of the season -- including one stretch of 30:37 in which the Terriers did not score at all. Senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins finished with eight saves.
March 22, 2015
Back Home at Last, Yale Hosts BU Wednesday Afternoon
After traveling more than 4,000 miles to play three road games in three different states in eight days Mar. 14-21, the Yale women’s lacrosse team finally returns to Reese Stadium this Wednesday. The Bulldogs host BU at 4:00 p.m., looking to snap a two-game losing skid. This is the first of four straight home games for Yale, which is 9-5 at Reese since the start of the 2014 season.
March 21, 2015
Columbia Holds off Yale, 5-3
Locked in a defensive struggle with Columbia Saturday afternoon at Wien Stadium, the Yale women’s lacrosse team appeared to have tied the game 3-3 on a goal by sophomore attacker Hope Hanley with 21:04 left in the second half. But Columbia called for a stick check, the stick was ruled illegal, the goal was removed and the Lions were awarded possession -- a possession that they turned into a goal. That stretch proved critical, as Columbia would go on to hold off Yale for a 5-3 win.
March 20, 2015
Bulldogs Head to New York City for Columbia Saturday
A busy stretch of road games for the Yale women’s lacrosse team comes to an end this Saturday with an Ivy League game at Columbia. This will be Yale’s third away game in eight days, with the team having traveled to three different states and a total of more than 4,000 miles in that span. A win would give Yale two Ivy League victories, and would move the Bulldogs past at least one of the four teams currently ahead of them in the league standings.
March 17, 2015
Late Run Lifts Denver Past Yale 9-6
The Yale women’s lacrosse team spent most of Tuesday afternoon at Barton Lacrosse Stadium battling back from deficits against Denver -- in fact, there were five times when the Bulldogs trailed and then rallied to tie the game. But they were never able to take the lead, and ultimately the Pioneers were able to put the game away with a late 4-1 run for a 9-6 win.
March 16, 2015
Bulldogs in the Mile High City to Take on Denver Tuesday
After notching an 8-3 Ivy League win at Brown last Saturday, the Yale women’s lacrosse team has headed west to the University of Denver for a St. Patrick’s Day matchup vs. the Pioneers. This is the first meeting between these two programs, and it also marks Yale’s furthest trip west since a pair of games in California (at Cal and Stanford) in April 2005. Opening draw on Tuesday against the Pioneers -- who are among the teams receiving votes in both national polls -- is at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time (6:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
March 14, 2015
Defense Dominates in the Rain as Yale Beats Brown 8-3
Amidst a pouring rain at Stevenson Field Saturday afternoon, the Yale women’s lacrosse team delivered its best defensive performance of the season to come away with an 8-3 win over Brown. The Bulldogs got eight saves from senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins and did not allow a goal from the field, as Brown’s three tallies came on free positions. That was the fewest goals allowed in a game by Yale since beating UConn 18-3 Mar. 26, 2008.
March 12, 2015
Road Swing Starts Saturday at Brown
The Yale women’s lacrosse team starts a stretch of three straight road games this Saturday with a noon game at Ivy League rival Brown. Both teams dropped their league openers this past weekend, adding to the sense of urgency as they start to jockey for spots in the Ivy League Tournament.
March 11, 2015
UMass Wins Defensive Battle, 9-3, to Stay Unbeaten
The Yale women’s lacrosse team went head-to-head with the best defense in the nation Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium, and very nearly beat the UMass Minutewomen at their own game. The Bulldog defense had 11 caused turnovers -- just one less than UMass, which entered the day averaging more CTs than any other school in the country (14 per game) -- and senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins had six saves as Yale hung with the unbeaten Minutewomen for most of the day. Ultimately, though, a 3-0 run by UMass in the final 15:11 helped finish off a 9-3 Minutewomen win. Senior midfielder Christina Doherty, senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker and senior attacker Erin Magnuson scored Yale’s goals.
March 9, 2015
Unbeaten UMass Visits Reese Wednesday
The Yale women’s lacrosse team gets a shot at knocking off one of the 12 remaining unbeaten teams in the nation Wednesday as UMass comes to Reese Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. game. The Bulldogs, who are 9-4 at Reese over the past two seasons, are looking to rebound from a 15-7 loss to Cornell last time out -- but will have to do so against a UMass team that has the top-ranked defense in the country.
March 7, 2015
Cornell Takes Ivy League Opener, 15-7
A 4-0 run to start the game gave the Cornell women’s lacrosse team all the momentum it needed Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium, as the Big Red never let Yale get closer than within three goals after that and finished with a 15-7 win in the Ivy League opener. Senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker, freshman midfielder Madeleine Gramigna and sophomore attacker Tess McEvoy scored two goals each for the Bulldogs. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Yale.
March 6, 2015
Ivy League Play Begins Saturday vs. Cornell
In the end, one game -- decided by one goal -- separated the Yale women’s lacrosse team from a spot in the Ivy League tournament last season. In the second-to-last game of the regular season, the Bulldogs traveled to Cornell with both teams vying for a berth in the postseason. The Big Red came away with an 8-7 win that clinched the fourth and final tourney spot. This Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Reese Stadium, those same teams meet in the first Ivy League game of the 2015 season -- and all signs point to this one being just as crucial in determining the final Ivy standings. Yale finished one game behind the Big Red last season.
March 4, 2015
Yale Rides 9-0 First Half to 12-8 Win at Bryant
Senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins and the Yale women’s lacrosse defense pitched a shutout in the first half Wednesday afternoon at Bryant, helping the Bulldogs to a 9-0 halftime lead and eventually a 12-8 win. Senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker led Yale with three goals, the second year in a row she has had a hat trick vs. Bryant. The win was Yale’s third in a row.
March 2, 2015
Mullins Named Ivy Co-Defensive Player of the Week
After helping the Yale women’s lacrosse team go 2-0 this past week, senior goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) has been named Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The league announced the award on Monday.
March 2, 2015
Yale Visits Defending NEC Champ Bryant Wednesday
After knocking off four-time defending MAAC Champion Canisius 12-8 on Sunday, the Yale women’s lacrosse team now takes on another defending conference champion on Wednesday with a visit to the NEC winners, Bryant. Bryant, whose team nickname -- like Yale’s -- is Bulldogs, is in its seventh season as a Division I program and is coming off its first NEC title.
March 1, 2015
Snow Can’t Slow Yale; Bulldogs Top Canisius 12-8
The Yale women’s lacrosse team had to deal with a pair of opponents Sunday afternoon at Reese Stadium: the Canisius Golden Griffins and Mother Nature. With a snowstorm gradually starting to turn the field white over the course of the game, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and then held off a late run by Canisius as conditions made it more and more difficult for Yale to utilize its speed. Sophomore attacker Hope Hanley had four goals -- including three in a 9-0 Yale run that made the score 10-3 Yale early in the second half -- to lead the Bulldogs to the 12-8 win.
February 27, 2015
Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Kerri Fleishhacker
Senior Captain Kerri Fleishhacker and the rest of the women’s lacrosse team found their rhythm on Wednesday, defeating Quinnipiac 18-6 to pick up their first win of the season. Fleishhacker led the way with five goals and is this week’s Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week.
February 25, 2015
Seniors Lead the Way in 18-6 Win vs. QU
The Yale women’s lacrosse team entered the 2015 season with a veteran core of seven seniors, including four who have played 40 or more games for their careers. So it was no surprise that, in their efforts to rebound from a 13-5 loss at George Washington in last Saturday’s season opener, the Bulldogs turned to their seniors to right the ship in Wednesday afternoon’s home opener vs. Quinnipiac -- and they delivered. Senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker, the Bulldogs’ captain, led the way with five goals and three of her classmates -- midfielders Cathryn Avallone, Christina Doherty and Erin Magnuson -- combined for seven additional goals to help the Bulldogs to an 18-6 win vs. the Bobcats at Reese Stadium. Doherty, Magnuson and sophomore attacker Tess McEvoy all scored three goals each.
February 23, 2015
MAAC Attack: Quinnipiac, Canisius at Reese This Week
The Yale women’s lacrosse team established a distinct home field advantage last season, going 7-3 in games at Reese Stadium -- including four wins in the final five games. The Bulldogs will attempt to keep that advantage in place for 2015 starting with a pair of games this week against teams from the MAAC. Local rival Quinnipiac visits Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) and Canisius -- winner of four straight MAAC Championships -- is in town Sunday (12:00 p.m.).
February 21, 2015
Bulldogs Fall in Opener at GW, 13-5
A 6-1 halftime deficit proved to be too much for the Yale women's lacrosse team to overcome in its season opener on a frigid, snowy and windy day at George Washington Saturday. The Bulldogs, hurt by 20 turnovers, fell to the Colonials 13-5. Sophomore midfielder Sophie Mussafer scored her first career goal for Yale.
February 19, 2015
Yale Heads to Nation’s Capital, Faces GW in Opener Saturday
The 2015 Yale women’s lacrosse season starts Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in the Nation’s Capital (the start time has been moved up due to the weather forecast), as the Bulldogs visit the George Washington Colonials. Saturday will be the Bulldogs’ first chance to continue the momentum they established last season, which ended with a 9-8 win over Brown in the finale. That win gave Yale a 9-6 record, its best win total since 2008. Yale has improved its winning percentage from year-to-year in each of the past three years.
February 17, 2015
Season Outlook: Returning Firepower, Defense Give Reason for Optimism
The Yale women’s lacrosse team enters the 2015 season with a veteran lineup that is determined to challenge for the Ivy League championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. With nine starters returning from 2014, the Bulldogs will seek to continue the momentum they established last year. Yale has improved its winning percentage from year-to-year in each of the past three years, and this past season Yale had its best win total since 2008.
January 8, 2015
Six NCAA Tourney Teams on Schedule
The 40th varsity season for the Yale women’s lacrosse team includes six games against teams that made the NCAA tournament last season. The 2015 schedule, which was announced today, also includes three games against teams ranked in the preseason national poll.
August 21, 2014
Andrea Cofrin Joins Phillips’ Coaching Staff
Andrea Cofrin, who led Saint Anselm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance last season, has joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach. Anne Phillips, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse, made the announcement Thursday.
June 20, 2014
Bulldogs Welcome Seven in Class of 2018
The Yale women’s lacrosse team welcomes seven freshmen to the roster for the 2015 season. The Class of 2018 represents four different states and is composed of one attacker (Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.)), four midfielders (Taryn Gallagher (Haverford, Pa.), Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.), Emily Granger (Grasonville, Md.) and Maggie Pizzo (East Hampton, N.Y.)), one defender (Cooper Hall (Wyndmoor, Pa.)) and one goalkeeper (Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.)).
May 2, 2014
Kerri Fleishhacker Elected Captain for 2014-15
The Yale women’s lacrosse team has elected junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) captain for 2014-15. Fleishhacker was selected by a team vote Wednesday afternoon during the team’s annual post-season luncheon in the Varsity Room in Ray Tompkins House.