Seniors Seek Historic Accomplishment as Yale Hosts No. 19 Dartmouth Sunday

March 20, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's senior class consists of just two members, but this Sunday against No. 19 Dartmouth (1:00, GameTracker) those two Bulldogs have a chance to accomplish something that many much larger classes have not been able to accomplish. Midfielders Taylor Fragapane (Cockeysville, Md.) and Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.) are 3-0 for their careers against the Big Green, and a win would make them the first Yale class to post an undefeated record against Dartmouth since the Class of `82.

Appropriately, Warden got that winning streak against Dartmouth started with a memorable goal her freshman year. After falling behind 3-1, Yale took a 5-3 lead early in the second half in Hanover. Dartmouth rallied to tie the game at five, but Warden's goal with 19 seconds left gave Yale its first win over the Big Green in four years. Fragapane had four ground balls in the game.

The 2007 game was another barnburner, as Dartmouth surrendered leads of 4-2 and 7-4 but went up 8-7 with nine minutes to play. Yale scored the final three goals of the game, however -- including two from current assistant coach Lauren Taylor '08 -- to win 10-8. Warden had two goals and an assist.

Last year's matchup in Hanover continued the pattern of close games, as Yale rallied from deficits of 5-2 and 8-6. Warden scored one of the final two goals of regulation as the Bulldogs tied the game at eight and forced overtime, where a goal by Meredith Callahan '08 won it. Fragapane and Warden each had one goal.

Dartmouth (2-3, 0-0 Ivy League) is led by attacker Kat Collins, who has 14 goals and 18 points. Collins' mother played soccer at Yale. Attacker Katherine Chiusano is second on the team in points (9-8-17) and attacker Sarah Parks (9-4-13) is third. Goalie Julie Wadland has a .375 save percentage and an 11.61 goals-against average.

Yale (2-5, 0-1 Ivy League) continues to try to spread the scoring load. The Bulldogs had five different players score goals Wednesday, including the first career goal for junior midfielder/defender Natalie Reid (Ellicott City, Md.). That was the fourth time in the last six games that Yale has had five different players score goals.

Freshman Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) has been impressive in goal, with 32 saves over the last three games. Junior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) leads the defense with eight caused turnovers, including seven in the last three games.

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

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