Crow Elected Bulldogs’ Captain for 2011-12

Caroline Crow. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Caroline Crow. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Junior Attacker Among Team's Leading Scorers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), one of Yale's top goal-scorers for the past two seasons, has been elected captain of the Yale women's lacrosse team for the 2011-12 season. She was selected by a team vote Sunday May 1 at Ray Tompkins House.

Crow played in 11 games this season before being sidelined for the final four games by an injury. She finished third on the team with 12 goals and 16 points, the second season in a row she has scored 12 goals. Her 24 goals over the past two years are second-most on the team.

In addition to her offensive contributions, Crow's speed has also made her a key part of Yale's ride. She is one of two rising seniors on the team, joined by goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.).

"I'm extremely honored to be elected captain by my teammates, and I'm excited to lead our team next year with the help of my close friend and classmate Whitney Quackenbush," Crow said. "I believe our team has the ability to be very successful and make a great comeback in the Ivy League next year."

Crow is the fourth captain under Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse.

"Caroline will be the only senior on attack next year, with a very young offense and midfield," said Phillips. "And Whitney will be a key person at the other end of the field, as she has been throughout her career. Their leadership will be crucial to our success next season."

Crow is a portrait in perseverance, having played through multiple injuries in her career. After an impressive fall ball performance in her freshman year, she suffered a hand injury in the spring of 2009 but tried to play through it.

"For two weeks she didn't say a word," said Phillips. "She kept practicing and playing through it, and she had a broken hand."

Crow's hand was eventually put in a cast, and she wound up playing in just six games and scoring one goal.

She tried to tough it out again in the fall of her sophomore year when it was discovered that she needed to have her tonsils removed, but she wound up missing fall ball and did not play in the first four games of the 2010 season. Crow began making up for lost time by putting together a seven-game point-scoring streak when she returned to the field, including a hat trick in Yale's 11-9 upset at then-No. 13 BU. She finished the season with 12 goals, placing fourth on the team in that category, and 17 points. She earned Yale's Most Improved Player Award for her efforts.

This past season Crow got off to a great start, with goals in each of Yale's first six games and a hat trick in the 11-8 win over Marist. She also had a pair of two-goal games, but once again saw her season cut short by an injury.

Those games missed figure to help shape Crow's leadership skills, as she has gone through a wide variety of experiences throughout her career -- starter, reserve and injured.

"She understands how finite your career is," Phillips said. "She is a very talented player and a great shooter. She has the will to win."

Crow is a member of Jonathan Edwards College. Prior to Yale she attended Severn.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity