March 5, 2009

Long Island Trip Recalls Names from Yale's Past

March 5, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Long Island has produced some of Yale's greatest lacrosse players, including four of the school's top nine career goal scorers and the top two in career saves. And while the Bulldogs have certainly mined the area for talent when recruiting, it has been seven years since they have played a game there. That changes on Saturday, when Yale visits Stony Brook (2:00 p.m., GameTracker).

En route to Stony Brook the Bulldogs will pass by Manhasset, which produced both the all-time Yale leader in saves (Alison Cole '99, 800) and the player who is number two on Yale's all-time goals list (Lauren Taylor '08, 198) in addition to current freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush. They will also pass by Cold Spring Harbor, which produced the goalkeeper with the second-most saves in school history (June Mendoza '79, 768 saves) and two Bulldogs in the top seven all-time in goals (Heather Bentley '00, fourth with 164, and Clarissa Clarke '03, seventh with 112). Those two Long Island schools alone have produced eight Yale women's lacrosse players since 1991, and more have come from other areas of the Island. Sophie Melniker '04 of Northshore gives Long Island four in the top nine on Yale's career goals list.

Yale's last game on Long Island was a 12-11 loss at Hofstra in 2002. Saturday will mark the first meeting between Yale and Stony Brook (1-4), which is in its seventh season and has gone 23-14 since the start of 2007. Midfielder Kaitlin Leggio, the team captain, leads the Seawolves in goals (11), assists (6), points (17), draw controls (19) and caused turnovers (7). She is tied with attacker Samantha Djaha for the team lead in ground balls (21). The five-foot-two Djaha is one of eight players on the Stony Brook roster listed at five-foot-two or shorter; the five-foot-eight Leggio stands at the opposite end of the height spectrum. Mickey Cahill has a .495 save percentage and a 13.08 goals-against average.

Yale (1-2) has dropped two after opening with an 11-10 overtime win at Fairfield. Senior midfielder Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.) leads the team in goals (9), points (9), ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (4). Sophomore defender Augusta Hixon (Cambridge, Mass.) is second in ground balls (7), and sophomore attacker Myra Trivellas (Chadds Ford, Pa.) leads in draw controls (5). Quackenbush has a 9.85 goals-against average.

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

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