April 3, 2012

Defense Faces Challenge at No. 18 Princeton

Bulldogs Hope to Continue Scoreless Streak vs. Ivy Rival

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The last Ivy League game for the Yale women's lacrosse team, against archrival Harvard, ended with the Bulldogs on a streak of 31:02 without allowing a goal. They hope to continue that trend this Saturday as they visit another long-time Ancient Eight rival, No. 18 Princeton, for a 1 p.m. game. But it will not be easy. Only No. 16 Cornell (14.78) averages more goals per game than Princeton (12.50) among Ivy teams.

Yale (3-6, 0-3 Ivy League) held Harvard scoreless in the second half on Mar. 24 but was unable to complete the comeback from a seven-goal halftime deficit and fell 7-5. That leaves the Bulldogs in search of their first league win as they travel to Princeton. Yale's three league losses have come by a total of just nine goals.

Yale was one of just three teams to hold the Tigers to fewer than 10 goals in Princeton's final 13 games last season. Senior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) made 18 saves to keep the Bulldogs in the game, but they ultimately fell 9-3. Sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) had a pair of goals, and junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) scored the other.

With 89 goals and 30 assists this season, Yale has already surpassed its totals from last season in those categories (83 and 28). DeVito has a four-game point scoring streak going, including eight points in the last two games. Among players with 10 or more shots, she is tied with freshman midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) as Yale's second-most accurate shooter (.500). Freshman midfielder Reilly Foote (Newton, Mass.) leads at .600.

The longest goal- and point-scoring streak on the team right now belongs to senior attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), Yale's captain. She has scored at least one goal in seven straight games, and had nine points (5-4-9) last week. Crow leads the team in scoring and has already established career highs in goals, assists and points (16-6-22). She also has a career-high six draw controls.

Sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) has also established career highs in goals, assists and points (8-3-11), and she has a career-best 10 caused turnovers and eight draw controls. Sophomore attacker Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.) has a career-high six goals and eight points.

Freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) are tied for the team lead in ground balls with 20, while freshman midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) leads with 22 draw controls.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) has made 10 or more saves in three of the last four games, stopping 37 of 82 shots (.451) in that span.

Princeton (4-4, 2-1 Ivy League) lost to Cornell in overtime last Saturday, 13-12, and plays at Temple Wednesday afternoon.  The Tigers' four losses have come by a total of six goals, and three of those losses have been to ranked opponents. Princeton has scored 18 goals in each of its two Ivy League wins, at Brown (18-8) and at Columbia (18-6).

The Tigers are ninth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 8.63 goals per game. Princeton's top defender is Lindsey deButts, a first team preseason Inside Lacrosse All-America pick who is on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy. deButts has a team-best 12 caused turnovers, helping Princeton lead the Ivy League in caused turnovers per game (8.38). A freshman, Annie Woehling, has started all eight games in goal. She has a .433 save percentage and an 8.44 goals-against average.

Attacker Jaci Gassaway, a first team All-Region and honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, leads the Tigers in scoring (21-9-30). Midfielder Cassie Pyle, whose brother Bryce Pyle '09 played men's lacrosse for Yale, has a team-high 23 goals and two assists for 25 points. She is on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy and has 12 goals in the team's three Ivy League games. Attacker Sam Ellis also has a brother who played lacrosse for Yale, Jordan Ellis '07.

Attacker Erin McMunn leads Princeton in assists with 17 and has had at least two points in every game, including six against Columbia. She is a member of the US Women's U19 National Team.

 

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

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

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