November 25, 2008

Yale Announces 2009 Schedule, Moves to Reese Stadium

Nov. 25, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, has announced the 2009 schedule. This will mark Yale's first season at Reese Stadium, which is undergoing a major renovation. The 16-game slate includes seven Ivy League games and nine non-league games that take the Bulldogs to a total of eight different states. Yale, which ended last season ranked No. 17 in the country, plays six nationally ranked teams and five teams that made the NCAA tournament.

After a preseason scrimmage with Marist at Reese, the Bulldogs play their first four games on the road. The season starts Feb. 25 at Fairfield, a short trip down I-95. A longer excursion comes Feb. 28 when Yale plays at James Madison, alma mater of new assistant coach Brigid Strain. The Bulldogs also travel to New Hampshire (Mar. 4), which was ranked No. 13 in the final 2008 poll and made the first round of the NCAA tournament, and Stony Brook (Mar. 7).

The historic first game at Reese Stadium for the Yale women has the Bulldogs hosting UMass on Mar. 11. Reese, which has been the home of Yale men's lacrosse since 1981, was converted to FieldTurf and had new lighting installed two years ago. Further improvements, including a new entry plaza, press box, team rooms, new and expanded seats and hospitality areas, are planned for the future. The Bulldogs had played on Johnson Field, an Astroturf surface, since 2000.

Ivy League play begins the following Saturday, Mar. 14, at Penn. The Quakers were ranked No. 2 last season and were NCAA runners-up. Yale then returns home for the second week of Spring Break to host Boston University (Mar. 18), which was ranked No. 7 and made the NCAA quarterfinals, and Ivy League foe Dartmouth (Mar. 21).

The Bulldogs renew their rivalry with Harvard, whom they have beaten 13 times in the last 14 years, on Mar. 28 in Cambridge. The Bulldogs also visit Holy Cross Apr. 1.

Princeton, which was ranked No. 8 at the end of last season and made the NCAA quarterfinals, visits Reese Stadium Apr. 4. After a trip to Columbia Apr. 8 Yale hosts Wagner on Apr. 14 and Cornell, which was ranked No. 14, on Apr. 18.

The regular season concludes with road games at Brown on Apr. 29 and Georgetown on May 2. The Hoyas were ranked No. 10 and made the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.

The first round of the NCAA tournament will be held on May 10, with the quarterfinals on May 16. The NCAA Championship will be May 22-24, hosted by Towson.

This is Phillips' first season at Yale after spending six seasons at Franklin & Marshall, where she went 93-24 and won the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship with an undefeated (21-0) season. After going 11-5 in 2008 Yale is tied with Georgetown for the second-longest current streak of winning seasons (15), trailing only Maryland (27).

Fans will be able to follow all home games live via GameTracker live statistics on yalebulldogs.com. Live statistics will also be available for select road games.

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