Bulldogs Seek One Last Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A chance to end the season with an upset of a top-20 team awaits the Yale women's lacrosse team this Saturday in Boston, as the Bulldogs visit No. 18 Boston College seeking their third win in the last four games. It will be the final game for Yale's two seniors, attacker Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.) and goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.).
Yale (5-9, 2-5 Ivy League) has already reached some statistical milestones heading into the last game. With 132 goals, the Bulldogs will finish with their highest total in that category since 2008 (170 goals). Their 50 assists are also the most since 2008 (63), and their 158 draw controls are the most since the NCAA Tournament season of 2007 (180).
The Bulldogs' top two scorers are Crow (31-13-44, all career highs) and junior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) (21-6-27). But other than that every goal and assist has come from the freshmen and sophomore classes. Two of Yale's top five scorers are freshmen: attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) (17-4-21) and midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) (15-6-21). Sophomore attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) (12-9-21) is second in assists and tied for third in points.
Among those with 10 or more shots, the two most accurate shooters on the team are freshmen -- midfielders Reilly Foote (Newton, Mass.) (.538 shooting percentage) and Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) (.500). The freshmen midfield class has also produced the team's leader in draw controls, Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.). Her 36 draws place her fifth on Yale's single-season list, just eight away from the record set by Miles Whitman '04 in 2004. Doherty also has a team-best 31 ground balls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is coming off a career-high 19 saves Saturday at No. 13 Cornell, and she has solidified her spot as one of the best goalies in the Ivy League. Her .548 save percentage in league games is tops among all Ancient Eight keepers by a wide margin -- Princeton's Annie Woehling is next at .495.
The defenders who see regular time in front of McMullan are all sophomores, along with freshman Jayne Flynn (Baltimore, Md.). Midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.) leads the team with 15 caused turnovers.
The Bulldogs' last trip to BC yielded an 11-8 win in 2008 in a game that was played at a high school in Westwood, Mass., as BC's field was being renovated. Yale was also scheduled to play at BC last season but that game was moved to Reese Stadium due to winter weather conditions, and the Eagles wound up winning 18-4. They went on to make the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Saturday is Senior Day for Boston College (8-8, 1-4 ACC), which was just eliminated in the first round of the ACC tournament Friday night. The Eagles fell 13-8 to No. 4 Virginia, falling behind 8-1 in the first half before rallying late. That was the Eagles' eighth game against a ranked opponent so far this season; they are 0-8 in those games. BC has played one other Ivy League team, beating Harvard 7-5 a month ago.
BC has six players with 20 or more goals and five players with 30 or more points, led by midfielder Kristin Igoe (44-11-55). She and midfielder Brittany Wilton (22-12-34, 64 draw controls) are both on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Igoe was a second team preseason IWLCA All-America selection, and Wilton made the third team.
Igoe, a graduate student, has scored a goal in every game this season and has scored three or more goals seven times. With 163 career goals, she is two goals away from becoming BC's all-time leader in that category.
BC has won 235 of 411 draw controls and caused 94 turnovers, led by 24 from Igoe.
Yale at No. 18 Boston College, Saturday, 1 p.m.:
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity