Crysti Howser Named Ivy League Rookie Of The Year

Nov. 9, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Crysti Howser, who is third in the Ivy League in scoring with 21 points, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Howser also was named first team All-Ivy along with three other Bulldogs - junior Christina Huang and seniors Eleni Benson and Laurel Karnes. Freshman Emma Whitfield was named to the second team, while senior Jamie Ortega and freshman Natasha Mann earned honorable mention recognition.

Howser, a midfielder, is only the second Yale player to be named Ivy Rookie of the Year. Lorelei Wall shared the honor with Dartmouth's Jessica Post in 1996. Howser led the Bulldogs in goals with eight and tied for the team lead in assists with five. Two of her goals were game-winners and she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times.

Huang, a midfielder, was named first team All-Ivy for the third straight year. She is fourth on the team in scoring with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists) and also has played an integral role on Yale's defense. Huang scored the game-winning goal in the Bulldogs key Ivy League victory over Dartmouth.

Karnes, a midfielder, is a first team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year. She was a second team selection as a sophomore and earned honorable mention recognition as a freshman. Karnes is fourth all-time at Yale in points with 73, tied for fourth in goals with 28 and fifth in assists with 17. This season, she is second on the team with 15 points (5 goals, 5 assists).

Benson, who has started all 17 games on defense, has helped the Bulldogs post eight shutouts, one shy of the school record, and a 0.58 goals against average, which is 15th in the nation. She also scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Yale's 1-0 victory at St. John's.

Whitfield, a forward, leads the Bulldogs in game-winning goals with three. She is second in goals with six and third in points with 13.

Ortega, a forward, is third on the team team in assists with four and has six points. She also earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition in her freshman year.

Mann helped anchor a Bulldog defense that has allowed only 10 goals. She has started all 17 games.

The Bulldogs won the Ivy League title with a 5-1-1 league mark. Yale hosts Central Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA College Cup on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Duke and Fairfield meet in the first game at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity