March 30, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale defense has been on a roll of late, holding each of its last five opponents below their goals-per-game average. Now, the Bulldogs hope to get their attack on a similar roll as they visit a Holy Cross team (Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.) that has allowed double-digit goals in eight of its last nine games.
Yale (2-7, 0-3 Ivy League) is undefeated against Holy Cross, winning all 12 meetings dating back to 1993. That includes a 19-9 Bulldog win last season in which senior midfielder Taylor Fragapane (Cockeysville, Md.), Yale's captain, scored five goals on five shots. The Bulldogs broke open a 3-3 game with a 14-0 run that included five goals from Lauren Taylor '08, who had six goals and three assists for the game.
Holy Cross (2-8, 0-3 Patriot League) has lost three games by a goal this season, including the last two in a row as part of a six-game losing streak. The Crusaders did tie their season high for goals in a game by scoring 11 last time out against Bucknell, but a goal by the Bison with 69 seconds left proved decisive in the 12-11 game. Midfielder Megan Fenton, who missed most of last season with an injury, leads the Crusaders in goals with 22. Attacker Katie Gardner has a team-high 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists. Goalie Amy Martin has a .460 save percentage and a 12.67 goals-against average. The Crusaders have been outshot 317-221.
Three times in the last five games Yale has held its opponent to a season low in goals. Junior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Logan Greer (Berwyn, Pa.) have 10 ground balls each in that span, and Fiorentino has 10 caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Sarah David (New Haven, Conn.), sophomore defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) have eight ground balls each in those five games.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity