April 6, 2009

Bulldogs, Lions Meet Wednesday in New York City

April 6, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Last Wednesday, Yale improved to 13-0 all-time against Holy Cross with a win over the Crusaders in Worcester. This Wednesday (4:00 p.m., Live Stats), the Bulldogs head to New York City looking to do the same against Columbia. The Bulldogs are 12-0 against the Lions since the series started in 1997.

The Bulldogs took control of last year's meeting between the two teams with an 8-1 run to start the game. After Yale extended the lead to 12-2, a late run by the Lions made the final score 16-8 Yale. Meredith Callahan '08 and Lauren Taylor '08 had four goals each, and Taylor added five assists to finish with nine points -- a total that was matched last Wednesday by junior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.) (1-8-9) in Yale's 15-7 win at Holy Cross. Senior midfielders Taylor Fragapane (Cockeysville, Md.) and Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.) had three caused turnovers each last year against the Lions.

Yale (3-8, 0-4 Ivy League) had held three straight opponents to eight or fewer goals heading into last Saturday's game vs. No. 7 Princeton, but the Tigers put up 15. Sophomore defender/midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.) had five caused turnovers against the Tigers, a season high for a Bulldog. After being held to six goals by Princeton the Bulldogs will hope to get their offense back in the groove it was in at Holy Cross, when they had 10 assists -- their most in a year, including eight from junior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.).

Columbia (5-5, 0-4 Ivy League) has experienced two very different seasons: a 5-0 start (the best in school history) followed by a five-game losing streak. The Lions have allowed at least 15 goals in each of their last four games, negating some solid performances by their offense. Columbia's 11 goals against No. 3 Penn 10 days ago are the most that any team has scored this season against the Quakers.

The Lion attack features three 20-goal scorers. Attacker Brittany Shannon leads the team with 28, followed by attacker Holly Glynn, the school's career leader in goals, with 24 and midfielder Rachael Ryan with 21. Glynn also has a team-high 18 draw controls and defender Amanda Goodhart leads in caused turnovers with 12. Goalie Emma Mintz has a .418 save percentage and an 11.88 goals-against average.

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