NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Wednesday, the nation's No. 4 team will host the No. 3 Bulldogs in Hartford in a showdown for the crown of Connecticut.
While Trinity is ranked No. 4 in the Jan. 13 rankings, their real spot is probably No. 5 or 6, as they fell 6-3 at the hands of No. 5 Penn, but also defeated No. 7 Stanford 7-2. Either way, the Bantams are a formidable foe and the toughest test the Bulldogs have faced since the Ivy Scrimmages. The Bantams are 9-1, but that gaudy record includes a 7-0 start to the season over opponents mostly outside the top 10 in the rankings. Trinity's strength starts at the top with Catalina Pelaez, ranked No. 5 nationally. Also highly ranked are No. 25 Ashley Tidman, No. 31 Jennifer Pelletier, No. 33 Natalie Babjukova, No. 39 Robyn Hodgson and No. 59 Chanel Erasmus.
The Bulldogs are slightly more impressive in the rankings, with juniors Millie Tomlinson and Kim Hay at Nos. 2 and 6, respectively. Fellow junior Gwen Tilghman is No. 24, and senior captain Katie Ballaine is No. 28. Where Yale really piles on, though, is in the No. 38-41 region, where sophomore Shihui Mao is No. 38, junior Lilly Fast is No. 40, and sophomore Issey Norman-Ross is No. 41. Finally, sophomore Anna Harrison is No. 82.
Yale and Trinity have a long history of head-to-head matchups, with Yale dominating the recent slate. Last year, the No. 2 Bulldogs handed No. 5 Trinity their first loss of the year. Two years ago, it was No. 2 Yale against No. 3 Trinity. The Bulldogs won 6-3, but had one of the closer matches of a season in which they would eventually become the national champions.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity