March 30, 2012

Bulldogs Visit Colgate Saturday Afternoon

Seeking Fourth Win of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team looks to continue the momentum from Wednesday's 13-9 win at Marist with a return trip to New York State for a game at Colgate on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Yale (3-5, 0-3 Ivy League) had a streak of 36:18 without allowing a goal snapped early in the first half Wednesday at Marist, but the Bulldogs eventually pulled away for a 13-9 win. Sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) scored a career-high five goals, and she needed just six shots to do it. Among Bulldogs with 10 or more shots, DeVito's .600 shooting percentage for the season (six for 10) is nearly 150 percentage points ahead of the next-best shooter, senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) (14 for 31, .452).

Crow has a six-game goal scoring streak and has taken over the team lead in goals (14) and points (18). Freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) is second in goals (12), tied for second in points (15) and has a team-best 18 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) leads the team in draw controls with 19, already more than any Yale player had all of last season. She is on pace to become the first Bulldog with more than 30 draws in a season since Jenn Warden '09 had 37 in 2008.

Yale has just one failed clear in the last two games. The Bulldogs are 100 for 120 (.833) on clears this year, a dramatic improvement over last season (97-140, .693). With just seven more goals they will surpass last season's goal total (83). They are also just two free position goals away from passing last season's total in that category (18).

Colgate (2-8, 2-1 Patriot League) is coming off an uplifting 12-11 win over Holy Cross in which the Raiders overcame at five-goal deficit with 23 minutes to play. Midfielder Amanda O'Sullivan scored the game-winner with 11 seconds left.

O'Sullivan had seven goals and two assists for the week, earning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. With 21 goals, she joins Courtney Miller (29) as the Raiders' two 20-goal scorers.

Three players have seen action in goal for Colgate, combining for a .403 save percentage and a 13.50 goals-against average.

Yale owns a 7-1 all-time record vs. Colgate, including a pair of wins over the Raiders in the ECAC Championship (1991 and 1995) and a win at Spring Fling in Florida (2006). Colgate's lone win in the series came at home in 1988.

Yale at Colgate, Saturday, 1 p.m.:

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