Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor joined the Yale coaching staff in the Fall of 2008. She is one of the most decorated women's lacrosse players in Yale history, having earned three All-America selections while leading the Bulldogs to a 43-22 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance over the past four seasons. "I have come to know Lauren over the last few months and am excited to have her join this talented coaching staff," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "I am looking forward to having her share her skill and tremendous knowledge of the game with a new generation of Yalies. She knows exactly what it is takes to succeed as a student-athlete at Yale. Her new role as coach will allow her to continue to contribute to the proud tradition of the Yale Women's Lacrosse program." Taylor finished her career with 198 goals and 246 points, placing second to Tracy Ball '81 on Yale's all-time lists in both categories. She received the Nellie Elliot Award as the top senior female student-athlete at Yale last spring. Taylor was a first team All-Ivy League selection for the fourth straight year in 2008, becoming just the fourth player in league history to accomplish that feat. She won the Barbara Bowditch Award as Yale's team MVP for the second straight time, leading the Bulldogs with 41 goals and 59 points. This was the fourth straight season she has led Yale in both of those categories. Taylor, who was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for the second time this year, received her B.A. in history of science/history of medicine this past spring. She is part of a unique five-year academic program at Yale and will receive a Masters degree in public health from Yale in 2009. Prior to Yale Taylor attended Manhasset High School. Playing Career

2008: Recipient of Nellie Elliot Award as Yale's top senior female student-athlete ... Received third IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America selection (second team) ... Second team All-American ... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team ... Academic All-Ivy League ... Tewaaraton Trophy watch list ... IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team for the third time ... Unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection, becoming fourth player in league history and second in Yale history to be named first team All-Ivy four times ... Won second straight Bowditch Award as Yale's most valuable player ... Finished career second to Tracy Ball '81 on Yale's career goals list (198) and career points list (246) ... Led team in goals (41) and points (59) for the fourth straight season. 2007: Tewaaraton Trophy nominee ... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I second team ... IWLCA Academic Honor Roll ... Named All-American by three different organizations, including first team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American ... IWLCA All-Northeast Region for the second time ... Ivy League Player of the Year, Yale's first Ivy Player of the Year in the award's 27-year history... Unanimous First Team All-Ivy ... Lead country in goals per game (65 in 17 games, 3.82 per game) ... Third Team Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American ... Sixth in country and first in Ivy League in points per game (77 in 16 games, 4.81 per game) ... Had 24-game point scoring streak and 16-game goal-scoring streak in progress at end of season ... First Yale player to break 70 points in a season in 27 years ... 61 goals place her third on Yale's single-season record list, and 77 points place her fifth ... Four-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week selection ... National Player of the Week Mar. 26 ... Scored game-winning goals against both Dartmouth and Princeton, helping Yale beat those two teams in the same season for the first time in 16 years ... Game-winner against Princeton came with 10.4 seconds left, giving Yale a 6-5 victory ... Had seven game-winners overall ... 16 assists doubles her previous career high ... Had four ground balls twice, at Fairfield and vs. BC ... Had three caused turnovers twice, vs. BC and at Fairfield ... Had five draw controls vs. Dartmouth ... Had three assists twice, at Fairfield and vs. Cornell ... Had four or more points in a game 11 times, including each of the first four games of the season ... Improved conditioning enabled her to move from attack to midfield. 2006: Second team IWLCA All-Northeast Region ... First team All-Ivy ... Led the Ivy League in goals with 45 and had a Yale-best 53 points ... Scored five or more goals in a game three times, including an 8-point (7 goals, 1 assist) effort in Yale's 15-8 win over New Hampshire ... Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Mar. 13 ... Honor Roll Mar. 20 ... Third team preseason All-American. 2005: Third team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American ... First team IWLCA/USLacrosse North All-Region ... First team All-Ivy ... Led team in points with 53 (47 goals, six assists) ...... Was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on April 4 after she picked up 10 points in two games against Fairfield and Harvard ... At Brown on April 20 had six tallies and scooped up four ground balls ... selected for the 2005-06 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team. Academics: History of science/history of medicine major ... One of seven students selected to be part of a five-year academic program in public health, taking graduate-level courses starting her junior year ... After getting her B.A. in 2008, she will receive a Masters degree in public health from Yale in 2009 ... Was selected for Yale's Directed Studies program, a one-year honors program in history, literature and political science, as a freshman. Community Involvement: Will work for Boundless Playgrounds, the first national nonprofit dedicated to helping communities create barrier-free playgrounds where children with and without disabilities can play together, in Summer 2008 ... Based in Bloomfield, Conn., company was founded by former Yale football captain Fred Leone '82 ... Selected as a freshman counselor for her residential college, Silliman, in her senior year ... Counselors are responsible for easing the transition of incoming freshmen to the academic, social and cultural life of Yale College ... Has also served as a Yale Female Athlete Mentor and has been a member of the student focus group for Yale's Women's Intercollegiate Sports Endowment and Resource (WISER) ... One of 34 students selected for the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship in Summer 2007 ... As part of that program, spent the summer of 2007 running the Ford Fellowship Program at the 92nd Street Y (a cultural center) in New York City ... Ford Fellowship Program was designed with the goal of enhancing efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world ... Worked for the Red Cross in New York City in Summer 2005 ... Revived the organization's children's programs, which had been cut because of funding redistribution after Sept. 11 ... Spoke with more than 1,000 children about health issues and created an instructional handbook on how to start similar programs. Before Yale: Enjoyed three dominant years in New York scholastic athletics ... Earned all-state recognition in field hockey twice and was a lacrosse All-American in 2004 ... As a senior, captained her team to a Long Island championship and was the leading scorer and assister in Long Island ... In 2003, helped Manhasset to a state championship.

2005 16 16 47 6 53 17 6 27 6
2006 16 16 45 8 53 21 22 33 12
2007 17 17 65 16 81 29 43 42 23
2008 16 16 41 18 59 23 19 31 19
Career 65 65 198 48 246 90 90 133 60
Yale with Taylor
2005 10-6 (4-3 Ivy)  
2006 9-7 (3-4 Ivy)  
2007 13-4 (6-1 Ivy) (0-1 NCAAs)
2008 11-5 (4-3 Ivy )  
  43-22 (17-11 Ivy)