Bulldogs Keep Rolling, Top Robert Morris 15-4

Marisa Cresham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marisa Cresham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second time in six days at Reese Stadium Sunday, the Yale women's lacrosse team posted a double-digit win and held its opponent to a .250 shooting percentage. On the heels of Tuesday's 21-3 win over Quinnipiac, Yale's 15-4 victory against Robert Morris Sunday showed once again that the Bulldogs have plenty of offensive weapons -- and a defense to match. Six different players scored goals, led by five each from senior attackers Hope Hanley and Tess McEvoy, and junior goalkeeper Sydney Marks made eight saves.

Both games featured fast starts for Yale (2-1, 0-0 Ivy League). On Tuesday the Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first eight minutes; on Sunday they led 5-1 less than six minutes in. That run included two goals each from Hanley and McEvoy, with junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna adding the fifth on a free position.

Robert Morris (2-3, 0-0 NEC) settled down defensively after that, but the Colonials' offense never could solve Yale's defense. After neither team scored for more than 20 minutes, goals by Hanley and Gramigna helped the Bulldogs to a 7-2 advantage heading into halftime.

Any thoughts of an RMU comeback were snuffed out by a 6-0 run by the Bulldogs over the first 23 minutes of the second half, sending the clock to running time. This run was jump-started by the first career goal for freshman midfielder Barrett Carlson, and included two more goals from Hanley and McEvoy along with one from junior midfielder Taryn Gallagher.

Robert Morris went nearly 25 minutes without a goal before scoring twice in the final 5:32 of the game. McEvoy and sophomore midfielder Amanda Bosland scored late for Yale to get the Bulldogs to the 15-goal plateau, a mark they have achieved twice this year after reaching it only once all of last season.

Diversity on offense continues to be one of Yale's strong suits. In addition to six goal scorers Sunday, the Bulldogs also had seven different players with assists: Hanley had four, and Bosland, McEvoy, junior attacker Kiwi Comizio, junior midfielder Emily Granger, sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon and junior attacker Lily Smith had one each.

Yale's ride limited RMU to a 12-for-20 performance on clears. McEvoy led the way with five caused turnovers, while Gallagher added three. Four Bulldogs had three ground balls each: Gallagher, Gramigna, McEvoy and senior defender Victoria Moore. Gramigna's six draw controls helped Yale to a decisive 14-5 advantage in that category, making this the third straight game where Yale has won the draw control battle.

Behind Marks' eight saves, Yale held RMU to a 4-for-16 shooting performance; the Bulldogs had limited Quinnipiac to a 3-for-12 performance Tuesday.

Hanley wound up with nine goals and 10 assists for the week, while McEvoy had seven goals and three assists.

Yale travels to Marist Tuesday for a 5:00 p.m. game.

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