Bulldogs Fall to Cornell

Bray Ketchum. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Tarver Gets First Career Hat Trick; McMullan Makes 10 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Attacker Jessi Steinberg, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, had four goals and midfielder Shannon McHugh added three as Cornell topped Yale 14-3 in women's lacrosse at Reese Stadium Saturday afternoon. All of Yale's scoring came from freshman midfielder Adrienne Tarver, who had her first career hat trick.

Tarver started the scoring with a drive for a goal just 49 seconds in, but after that Cornell (5-7, 3-4 Ivy League) took control. Steinberg had three goals, McHugh had two and attacker Olivia Knotts had one as the Big Red reeled off seven goals in a span of just over 20 minutes, chasing Yale junior goalie Whitney Quackenbush from the game.

Freshman goalie Erin McMullan came on and would make 10 saves in 35:08, but the Big Red's possession advantage resulted in Cornell's lead expanding to 13-1 before Tarver scored twice in the final 7:37. The Big Red won 16 of 19 draw controls and also had a 24-16 edge in groundballs. Cornell midfielder Morgan Axenfeld finished off the scoring with a goal at the 1:03 mark that made the final 14-3.

"Turnovers, draw controls and ground balls were clearly the difference in the game," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "We work on them all the time. It's all about possession. Cornell's advantage in those categories made it very tough for us to come back once we fell behind."

While Steinberg enjoyed a big day, the Bulldogs were able to shut down one of the Big Red's other top attackers, Libby Johnson, by putting senior midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley on her. Flatley finished the game with five caused turnovers.

The fact that a pair of freshmen, McMullan and Tarver, provided the other bright spots on this cold and rainy Saturday gives some reason for hope as the Bulldogs battle through a season with some key starters injured and 17 of 26 players on the roster freshmen and sophomores.

"The freshmen are coming along, players like Jen DeVito and Tarver on offense and Kallie Parchman on defense," Phillips said. "With two starters on defense out -- Brittany De Lea and Chloe Drimal -- Kallie has done well. The freshmen are starting to adjust to the D-I level, and that bodes well for the future."

Yale (2-11, 0-6 Ivy League) visits Brown on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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

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