McMullan Wins Bowditch Award as Most Valuable Player
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After posting its best won-lost record since 2008, the Yale women's lacrosse team honored three players who played key roles in the team's success. The team awards were announced at the team's season-ending luncheon Wednesday in the Kiphuth Trophy Room at Payne Whitney Gym -- and the theme was "defense" as two defenders and a goalkeeper were honored. Senior goalie Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) received the Bowditch Award as the team's most valuable player and senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.), Yale's captain, received the Holgate Award for dedication. Additionally, sophomore defender Flannery Carney (Baltimore, Md.) won the Most Improved Player Award.
Those three were key parts of a Yale defense that is currently ranked 16th in the country in scoring defense (8.20 goals per game). They helped hold 11 of Yale's 15 opponents to eight or fewer goals. Thanks in part to their work, Yale allowed 44 fewer goals this past season than it did in 2013 -- a 26 percent improvement.
McMullan, who played all 900 minutes for Yale in goal this year, is third in the Ivy League with 105 saves. That included 11 vs. Penn and 10 at Cornell. Her 8.20 goals-against average is the best of her career by more than three goals. Her .461 save percentage is also the best of her career, and this year she became just the seventh goalie in Yale history with 20 or more career wins. She earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times.
McMullan was second in the league with 53 saves in league games. She also had the second-best save percentage in league games (.488), and held four of Yale's league opponents to eight or fewer goals.
McMullan appeared in 47 career games, starting the last 33. She is tied for sixth on Yale's career wins list with 20, and she is ninth on Yale's career saves list with 338. She is also ninth on Yale's career goals-against average list, and has improved her goals-against average every year of her career. She is a political science major and a member of Ezra Stiles College.
Prior to Yale, McMullan attended Shoreham-Wading River and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets.
The Bowditch Award is named after Barbara Bowditch, the coach of Yale's first varsity team (1976). It is determined by a team vote.
The Holgate Award that Tarver received is given to the player whose dedication to the ideals of Yale and to the success of women's lacrosse measure up to the standards set by James G. "Gib" Holgate, a member of the Yale athletic administration from 1954 to 1985. It is determined by a team vote.
Tarver, a second team All-Ivy League selection, was frequently called upon to defend the opposing team's top scoring threat, and her skills enabled the Bulldogs to defend such players without resorting to face-guarding. She is tied for second in the Ivy League with 41 ground balls (three shy of the school record, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005). She is tied for fifth in the league with 20 caused turnovers, and her five CTs in the 17-6 win vs. Cal tied Yale's single-game record.
Tarver appeared in 55 games for her career, including 42 straight starts. She is second on Yale's career ground balls list with 110, and sixth on Yale's career caused turnovers list with 53. She is also tied for seventh on Yale's career draw controls list with 53. She established career highs in caused turnovers and ground balls this year.
Tarver is an economics major and a member of Trumbull College. She is a graduate of Park School of Baltimore and played for TLC Red.
Carney earned the Most Improved Player Award, which is determined by the coaches, by developing into a starter for Yale's much-improved defense. After appearing in only four games as a freshman, she appeared in all 15 this season -- including 12 starts. Her 10 caused turnovers placed her fifth on the team, and she added 15 ground balls. That included three ground balls in games at BU and at Cornell, and three caused turnovers in the win vs. Bryant.
Carney is member of Davenport College. She is a graduate of Maryvale Prep and played for ROME Lacrosse.
In addition to posting their best win total since 2008, the Bulldogs also improved their win total over the previous season for the third straight year. This year, Yale had the third-best draw control total (185) and the third-best caused turnover total (140) in school history.
At the luncheon Yale also announced that junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) has been elected captain for 2014-15.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity