November 17, 2005

Yale Hopes To Contain High-Powered Irish

Nov. 17, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Something will have to give when Yale and Notre Dame meet on Friday in the third round of the NCAA College Cup. The Irish (21-2) has outscored its opponents 104-10 and lead the nation in scoring (4.52 goals per game). Yale, on the other hand, has allowed only 11 goals and is 13th in goals against average (0.57).

"We need to bring our A+ game and try to find a way to slow down their high-powered offense," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "This will be hard because every team that has played them so far is still looking for a way to do so."

The two most dangerous Irish players are Katie Thorlakson and Karri Hanks, who are tied for third in the nation in points per game (2.91 per game). Thorlakson leads Division I in assists with 31 and Hanks is fifth in goals with 26.

Crysti Howser, who was named a finalist for the Soccer Buzz Freshman of the Year earlier in the week, leads Yale in scoring with 24 points (8 goals, 8 assists). Laurel Karnes, who scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the second half in the victory over Duke last Sunday, has 17 points.

The Bulldogs are 15-3-1 overall and in the third round of the tournament for the first time in school history.

Yale and Notre Dame are playing for just the third time. The Irish won each of the previous two meetings, 4-0 in 2000 and 2-0 in 2001. Both of those games were in New Haven.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity