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Yale-Harvard Saturday Afternoon at Reese

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

Bulldogs and Crimson Both Seeking First Ivy Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team renews its rivalry with Harvard Saturday at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium. It is Alumnae Day as the Bulldogs take on the Crimson in the second part of a doubleheader that also includes the Yale men's lacrosse team playing Princeton at Noon.

Yale (2-4, 0-2 Ivy League) had been 2-0 at home before dropping a 12-6 game to No. 8 Penn last Saturday at Reese. The Bulldogs fell 13-8 at BU this past Wednesday despite a season-high 10 saves from sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.). The Terriers had 38 shots, including 23 shots on goal, to overcome McMullan's performance.

With 53 goals for the season (8.8 per game), the Bulldogs remain well ahead of last year's average (5.5). Yale has gotten goals from 12 different players this season, as sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) joined that club Wednesday (Magnuson's first career goal). Freshman Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) leads the team with 11 goals, and the freshman class as a whole has scored 25.

The Bulldogs had been averaging more than 16 ground balls per game until Wednesday, when they got just eight against BU. Avallone, freshman midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) and sophomore defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) are tied for the team lead with 11.

Yale has won 14 of the last 17 meetings with Harvard, including the last meeting at Reese two years ago. In that 17-13 win, junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) had eight goals and Jenna Block '10 had five assists.

Harvard (2-4, 0-2 Ivy League) has lost its last three games by a combined total of four goals. Goalkeeper Kelly Weis, a freshman who attended the same high school as Yale freshman goalie Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.), has a .452 save percentage and a 9.12 goals-against average, placing third in the league in both categories. She anchors a Crimson defense that has allowed more than nine goals just twice. Midfielder Danielle Tetreault, a second team All-Ivy League selection last year, leads the team in scoring (10-4-14).

Yale vs. Harvard, Saturday, 3 p.m.:

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity