Hat Trick for Crow, but Bulldogs Fall at No. 18 Princeton

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

Captain Continues Racking Up Points

PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior attacker Caroline Crow, Yale's captain, is in the midst of one of the best offensive stretches of her career. Crow extended her goal-scoring streak to eight games with a hat trick Saturday at No. 18 Princeton, and she has 12 points in the last three games. But unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Tigers shut down the rest of Yale's offense. And while the Yale defense was able to hold Princeton to just one goal in the game's first 23:52, the Tigers eventually went on a run and came away from Class of 1952 Stadium with a 12-4 win.

After splitting a pair of non-league games, Yale (3-7, 0-4 Ivy League) was looking for a return to form for the defense that shut out Harvard in the second half two weeks ago, the Bulldogs' last Ivy game. The challenge this time was to hold back Princeton, which entered the day second in the league in goals per game (12.50). Yale's scoreless streak vs. league opponents extend to 38:13 before midfielder Cassie Pyle, sister of former Yale men's lacrosse player Bryce Pyle '09, scored at 22:49 to put the Tigers up 1-0.

The defenses for both teams then took over, as neither team would score again for more than 16 minutes. Crow sent a free position shot wide during that span, and freshman midfielder Erin Magnuson also shot wide after freeing herself up with a nice move while driving to the cage. But other than that scoring chances were few and far between.

Midfielder Charlotte Davis broke the drought by driving in and firing one just inside the near upper corner of the cage with 6:08 left in the half. The Tigers would then score three more before the half ended, each one almost impossible for Yale sophomore goalie Erin McMullan to stop. Two came off turnovers in the Yale end -- including one right in front of the goal -- and the other was on a free position.

Crow, meanwhile, shot low and from a tough angle to get Yale on the scoreboard with 84 seconds left in the half. Princeton went into the break up 5-1.

The Bulldogs had faced a similar situation two weeks ago against Harvard, trailing 7-0 at the half before shutting the Crimson out in the second. But Princeton (6-4, 3-1 Ivy League) began building its lead just 1:56 into the second on a goal by attacker Jaci Gassaway, and the Tigers would wind up scoring six times in a span of less than 10 minutes to expand the lead to 11-1. The Bulldogs were hurt by an inability to get the draw control -- Princeton got six of the first seven draws in the second, and the lone one the Bulldogs got was followed quickly by a turnover.

Crow scored off an assist by sophomore attacker Jen DeVito with 9:18 left, but Princeton answered immediately with a goal by attacker Sam Ellis, sister of former Yale men's lacrosse player Jordan Ellis '07.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 12-4 on goals in the final five minutes by Crow and DeVito, who took a pass from sophomore midfielder Meghan Murray on a free position attempt with 24 seconds left. DeVito now has a five-game point scoring streak going, including 10 points in the last three games.

McMullan finished with eight saves, while Princeton's Annie Woehling had seven.

"It's a shame that we had such a good defensive effort, especially in the first half, but weren't able to come up with the win," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "We felt if we could hold them to 10, then get two points apiece from our attackers, we could win."

Yale visits Stony Brook on Wednesday.

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

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