Junior Attacker Selected by Teammates
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Fleishhacker is one of eight rising seniors on the team, with midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.), defender Clare Curran (Alexandria, Va.), midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.), defender Jayne Flynn (Baltimore, Md.), midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.), goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) and midfielder Emily Rutland (Madison, N.J.).
"Being elected captain, especially here at Yale, is a great honor," said Fleishhacker. "To know that my team believes in me enough to lead them through the 2014-2015 season is an extremely gratifying and humbling gift. Although I have been selected to carry this title I know that the seven other rising seniors, in addition to the coaching staff, will be by my side to steer this team to a successful season."
Fleishhacker was third on the team in goals and points (19-10-29) this past season, establishing career highs in assists and points. She had a season-high five goals and seven points in Yale's 12-5 win at Dartmouth, the Bulldogs' first win vs. the Big Green since 2008.
"I would have to say the most memorable moment during my time as a Yale lacrosse player has been the weekend of our Dartmouth game this past season," said Fleishhacker. "We drove up early Friday morning to practice on their field and had an overall great practice, afternoon and evening, which eventually led us to an even more incredible day on Saturday when we won 12-5. Having experienced the team finally coming together to beat such a tough opponent, all while having so much fun, was an unreal feeling."
That game was part of a seven-game point scoring streak for Fleishhacker from Feb. 26 through Mar. 26. Within that span she had a five-game goal scoring streak in which she scored 17 goals and shot .500 (17 for 34). She had four goals against Penn and hat tricks in wins vs. Bryant and Quinnipiac.
For her career, Fleishhacker has appeared in 43 games, including 24 starts. As a sophomore she was third on the team in goals with 20 and caused turnovers with 10. As a freshman she was third on the team in goals and tied for third on the team in points (17-5-22). For her career she has 56 goals, 18 assists, 74 points, 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
"Kerri has been an impact player on attack for three years, and has all the tools to be a dominant force in her senior year," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "She is a catalyst for the offense, and her speed and quickness on the ride can produce important caused turnovers that lead to extra scoring opportunities. That is a piece of Kerri's game that we will count on next year."
Fleishhacker is a political science major in Berkeley College. She came to Yale from Manhasset High, where she was picked for the Under Armour All-American senior tournament and the ESPN All-American Senior Rise tournament. While in high school, Fleishhacker trained with former Yale All-American Lauren Taylor '08. She also played for Long Island Yellow Jackets and Long Island Liberty.
Fleishhacker, who will be interning in sales and trading at Barclays in New York this summer, comes from a family of lacrosse players. Her brother, Brian, played lacrosse for Haverford and graduated in 2010. Her sister, Taylor, played lacrosse for Williams and graduated in 2012.
Yale has improved its winning percentage from year-to-year in each of the past three years, a trend that Fleishhacker and her teammates will look to continue next year. This past season Yale had its best win total since 2008, and decreased its goals allowed compared to the previous season by 26 percent. Yale outscored its opponents by 31 goals, the most since 2008. The Bulldogs also had the third-best draw control total (185) and the third-best caused turnover total (140) in school history.
"I'm looking forward to working with Kerri to advance the program to the next level," said Phillips. "The rising senior class has helped us improve our winning percentage for three straight seasons, and we would all love to see them go out on an even higher note next year."
Fleishhacker leads Yale into its 40th varsity season. She is the ninth Bulldog women's lacrosse captain from New York.
Yale Women's Lacrosse Captains from New York
1985: Lucy Bernholz (Lloyds Neck, N.Y.)
1999: Alison Cole (Manhasset, N.Y.)
2000: Heather Bentley (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
2003: Clarissa Clarke (Huntington, N.Y.)
2004: Jenn Kessel (Northport, N.Y.)
2005: Kerry Docherty (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
2007: Lindsay Levin (Port Washington, N.Y.)
2013: Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.)
2015: Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.)