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DeVito Scores Four, but Bulldogs Fall 16-13 at Holy Cross in Opener

Jen DeVito. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jen DeVito. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Rhodes Adds Hat Trick

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior attacker Jen DeVito scored four goals, but Holy Cross held off a Yale rally in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 16-13 in the season opener Saturday afternoon. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes added three goals.

Yale (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) fell behind 8-4 before starting to rally late in the first half. Goals by Rhodes, DeVito and sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson closed the deficit to 8-7 entering halftime, and Magnuson tied the game 50 seconds into the second half.

The game was tied 9-9 after Rhodes scored with 25:53 to play, her second goal of the game. But Holy Cross scored the next two goals, and four of the next five, to start pulling away. After Yale closed within 14-12 on a goal by sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty with 2:57 left, Holy Cross scored a pair of goals to put the game out of reach. Junior midfielder Courteney Rutter, playing against her sister Catherine, scored with 22 seconds left to make the final 16-13.

Holy Cross (2-1, 0-0 Patriot League) had four different players score four goals each: attacker Sara Hennessey, midfielder Laura Ryan, midfielder Kat Sutton and attacker Taylor Zebrowski.

Junior goalkeeper Erin Magnuson made six saves for Yale, while Sarah Weber made the same amount for the Crusaders.

DeVito finished with five points (4-1-5). Rhodes (three) and Magnuson (two) scored multiple goals, while four players had one each: Doherty, Rutter, sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker and freshman midfielder Kelly Anne Sherlock. Doherty had a team-high four draw controls, adding three ground balls.

Yale travels to Quinnipiac Wednesday afternoon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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