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Senior Day and Youth Day as Yale Hosts Columbia Saturday

The Yale Women's Lacrosse Class of 2012: Caroline Crow and Whitney Quackenbush. (photo by David Silverman,
The Yale Women's Lacrosse Class of 2012: Caroline Crow and Whitney Quackenbush. (photo by David Silverman,

Crow, Quackenbush to be Honored

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team pays tribute to its two seniors, attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) and goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.), this Saturday as the Bulldogs host Columbia at Reese Stadium. In addition to being Senior Day, it is also "Youth Day", including a post-game autograph session with the team.

Crow, Yale's captain, has appeared in 39 games for her career and made 30 starts. One of Yale's most reliable offensive threats, she leads the team in goals, assists and points this season with career highs in all three categories (19-9-28). She currently has a nine-game point scoring streak, and has had four hat tricks this season. As a sophomore she earned the team's most improved player award after battling back from injury.

Crow was elected captain by her teammates at the end of last season. She is a history major and a member of Jonathan Edwards College.

Quackenbush has appeared in 51 career games and made 50 career starts. A vocal leader for Yale's defense, she was a second team all-Northeast Region selection as a freshman, and an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection twice. She is just the second Yale goalie in the last nine years to have two seasons with a save percentage of .490 or better.

Quackenbush has totaled 400 saves, the seventh-best total in school history. She is a psychology major and a member of Ezra Stiles College.

Yale (3-8, 0-4 Ivy League) is 2-2 at home. The Bulldogs are coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season Wednesday, as they became just the fourth team to hold Stony Brook to fewer than 13 goals -- and the other three teams are No. 6 Duke, No. 5 Florida and No. 4 Maryland. The Bulldogs also got four goals from sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and two each from freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) and junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.), but still fell 12-8. Yale's seven assists in the game were the most the Bulldogs have had since getting eight in the 17-13 win vs. Harvard Apr. 3, 2010.

DeVito now has 16 points in the last four games, including 11 goals. She has moved into a tie for second on the team in scoring (12-7-19) with Rhodes (15-4-19).

Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) has raised her season save percentage nearly 50 points (.372 to .420) in her last five games, which include 44 saves on 100 shots (.440). The sophomore class now boasts the starting goaltender and three of Yale's four starting defenders from the most recent game (Kallie Parchman (Baltimore, Md.), Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.) and Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.)).

The freshman class, meanwhile, has scored 38 of Yale's 101 goals and has 66 of the team's 168 ground balls, led by 21 from midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.). Freshmen also have 68 of Yale's 123 draw controls, led by 29 from midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.).

A lead at halftime may be crucial against Columbia (2-9, 0-5 Ivy League). The Lions have outshot their opponents 148-137 in the second half, a dramatic difference from the first half (where their opponents have had a 170-110 shot advantage).

Columbia just snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 19-11 win over Lafayette Wednesday. Attacker Kacie Johnson had nine points in that game, and she has now broken her own school record for points in a season (35-27-62). She also set the school record for assists in a season with 27. A second team All-Ivy League selection last year, Johnson has two goals and three assists in the Lions' 10-3 win over Yale. She currently leads the league in points with 14 more than the next closest player (Cornell attacker Jessi Steinberg). She is also second on the team in caused turnovers with 15.

Columbia defender Amanda Goodhart leads the Ivy League with 22 caused turnovers. Goalie Skylar Dabbar has a .382 save percentage and a 13.87 goals-against average. She has held opponents to a .389 shooting percentage on free position shots (21 for 54).

Yale vs. Columbia, Saturday, 1 p.m.:


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity