March 13, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Yale is coming off of its best defensive effort of the season as it heads to Franklin Field for the start of Ivy League play Saturday at the defending league champions, No. 5 Penn (Noon, Pay-Per-View Video on Penn Website). After allowing only four goals to UMass Wednesday, the Bulldogs will be going up against a similarly tough Quaker defense that has allowed its opponents just 15 goals in four games.
Yale (2-3, 0-0 Ivy League) had five different players score goals in the 7-4 win over UMass Wednesday. Senior midfielder Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.) continues to lead Yale in goals (14), burying an impressive 42 percent of her shots. Junior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) is second in points (9-3-12) and junior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.) has already equaled her point total from last season (6-4-10).
Warden also leads the team in ground balls with 13, followed by freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) with nine. Quackenbush is coming off a 14-save effort against UMass.
Warden and junior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) are tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with four each. Those are two of the six Pennsylvania natives on the Yale roster, a list that also includes sophomore defender/midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.), sophomore midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.), sophomore midfielder Mahi Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.). Additionally, Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, is a native of West Chester, Pa.
Penn (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League) has not lost an Ivy League game in three years. The Quakers allowed their first three opponents only eight goals, then topped BU 13-7 its last time out. With the graduation of All-American Sarah Waxman, the Quakers have a new goalie in junior Emily Szelest. She has a .545 save percentage and a 3.75 goals-against average. The defense also features Hilary Renna, who was a first team All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee in 2007. Offensively, Penn is led by attacker Courtney Lubbe (11-5-16). Midfielder Ali DeLuca was a second team All-America selection last season and has seven goals so far this season.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity