NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A challenging schedule awaits the Yale women's lacrosse team in 2018, as the Bulldogs will face eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season -- including NCAA runners-up Boston College. The full schedule was announced Tuesday.
This is Yale's third season under Erica LaGrow, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Yale returns six players who started six or more games last season, including honorable mention All-Ivy League honoree Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), a junior attacker.
The 15-game slate for 2018 includes seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games. This marks the ninth year for the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final Ivy regular season standings compete for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs open the season with a non-league game, hosting Albany at Reese Stadium Feb. 17. Here is a breakdown of the schedule:
- Yale's regular-season schedule consists of 15 games. That includes seven games against Ivy League opponents (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton).
- The regular-season schedule includes eight non-league games: Saturday Feb. 17 vs. Albany, Wednesday Feb. 21 at Quinnipiac, Saturday Feb. 24 vs. UMass, Sunday Mar. 11 at Canisius, Tuesday Mar. 13 at Niagara, Tuesday Mar. 20 vs. Boston College, Tuesday Mar. 27 vs. Marist and Saturday Mar. 31 vs. Towson.
- In addition to the Ivy League, Yale plays games against teams from:
- The Atlantic Coast Conference (Boston College)
- America East (Albany)
- The Atlantic 10 (UMass)
- The Colonial Athletic Association (Towson)
- The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Canisius, Marist, Niagara, Quinnipiac)
- There are nine regular-season home games and six regular-season road games.
- Yale plays games in four different states (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York). Seventeen of the players on Yale's roster have at least one game in their home state this year.
- Yale plays seven games against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final 2017 IWLCA national poll (No. 2 Boston College, No. 7 Princeton, No. 11 Cornell, No. 12 Penn, No. 17 UMass, RV Albany, RV Towson).
- The schedule includes eight games against teams that played in the 2017 NCAA tournament: Albany (lost in first round), Boston College (NCAA runners-up), Canisius (lost in first round), Cornell (advanced to second round), Penn (lost in first round), Princeton (advanced to third round) and UMass (advanced to second round).
- On Saturday Apr. 28 vs. Penn Yale will host Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the 10 members of the Class of 2018:
- Attacker Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.)
- Attacker Emma Dunne (Oak Park, Ill.)
- Midfielder Taryn Gallagher (Haverford, Pa.)
- Midfielder Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.)
- Midfielder Emily Granger (Grasonville, Md.)
- Defender Cooper Hall (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
- Goalkeeper Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.)
- Attacker Maggie Pizzo (East Hampton, N.Y.)
- Attacker Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.)
- Attacker Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.)
- The top four teams in the Ivy League regular season standings will take part in the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the team that receives the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The first-place team hosts the Ivy League tournament, which starts with the semifinals on Friday May 4 (No. 3 vs. No. 2 and No. 4 vs. No. 1). The Ivy League Tournament championship game takes place on Sunday May 6.
- The Ivy League is one of 13 leagues that receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, last season two Ivy teams received at-large berths. To be selected for an at-large berth a team must have a .500 or better overall won-lost record.
- Selections for the NCAA tournament, which includes 26 teams (13 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-large), will be announced on Sunday May 6. The tournament begins Friday May 11 and Sunday May 13 with first- and second-round games at campus sites. The winners of those series advance to the quarterfinals, which take place at campus sites Saturday May 19 or Sunday May 20. The NCAA semifinals (Friday May 25) and championship (Sunday May 27) take place at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.
- Yale is scheduled to offer live video of home games and Ivy League road games on the Ivy League Network. This is the fifth season for the Ivy League Network, which is available at http://www.ivyleaguenetwork.com and via the Ivy League Network mobile app for Apple and Android devices. There is also an Ivy League Network app on Apple TV and Roku. For non-Ivy League road games, video will be on the host schools' websites when available. Select games may also be available on ESPN3.
- Links to live stats for all games will be posted on the schedule page of yalebulldogs.com when available.
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity