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Dunne, Moore and Perselay Honored with Team Awards

Emma Dunne, Victoria Moore and Ashley Perselay. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emma Dunne, Victoria Moore and Ashley Perselay. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – While celebrating a season highlighted by multiple team records, the Yale women's lacrosse team honored three players with team awards on Tuesday May 2 at the post-season luncheon in the Varsity Room at Ray Tompkins House. Senior defender Victoria Moore (Concord, Mass.) received the Bowditch Award as the team's most valuable player, senior defender Ashley Perselay (Chatham, N.J.) won the Most Improved Player Award and junior attacker Emma Dunne (Oak Park, Ill.) received the Holgate Award for dedication.

Moore capped off her career with another season as one of the top defenders on the team, regularly marking one of the opposing team's biggest offensive threats. She was named honorable mention All-Ivy League on May 10. She started all 16 games, and wound up not missing a game for her career (61 games, 58 starts). This year she led the team in ground balls with 35, a career high. That included a pair of games in which she had five ground balls. She was second on the team in caused turnovers with 15.

A member of Calhoun College majoring in political science, Moore is a graduate of Buckingham Browne & Nichols. She played for Revolution Lacrosse. The Bowditch Award is named after Barbara Bowditch, the coach of Yale's first varsity team (1976). It is determined by a team vote.

Perselay earned the Most Improved Player Award, which is determined by team vote, after emerging as a starter in her final season for the Bulldogs. She started all 16 games this past season, finishing with career highs in ground balls (11) and caused turnovers (12). In her three previous seasons, she had appeared in a total of seven games, with one ground ball and no caused turnovers.

A member of Morse College majoring in economics, Perselay is a graduate of Chatham High School and played for Metro Lacrosse Club.

The Holgate Award that Dunne 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.

A consistently positive presence on and off the field, Dunne scored a pair of goals -- the first of her career -- while appearing in four games this season. In addition to her time with the lacrosse team she has also been extensively involved in the Yale community, serving as New Membership Coordinator for Dwight Hall -- Yale's Center for Public Service and Social Justice.

A member of Branford College majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, Dunne graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and played for Lakeshore Lacrosse.

The team award winners helped Yale continue improving in its second season under Erica LaGrow, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs set school records for goals (205), points (304) and draw controls (233) this year, and beat a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2010 (Apr. 1 vs. then-No. 19 Stanford at Reese Stadium).

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