April 30, 2009

Yale Eyes Upset in Season Finale at No. 8 Georgetown Saturday

April 30, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The final game of the 2009 season offers Yale the chance to play spoiler as the Bulldogs pay a visit to No. 8 Georgetown Saturday (3:00 p.m., GameTracker, Pay-per-view Video on Georgetown Website). The Hoyas were the Big East regular season co-champions but fell to Notre Dame 12-10 in the Big East Tournament championship game last Sunday, missing out on an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. So Georgetown will be looking to solidify its case for an at-large NCAA bid with a win over Yale, while the Bulldogs seek their first win against a ranked team this season.

After winning three out of four Yale (5-10, 1-6 Ivy League) has dropped its last two -- by a total of three goals. The Bulldogs have continued to play stingy defense, holding five of their last six opponents to seven or fewer goals. But beyond senior midfielder Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.), who has scored a goal in every game this season and has six straight multiple-goal outings (21 goals in those six games), the Bulldogs have not gotten consistent scoring. Other than Warden and sophomore midfielder Ariana Papier (Rochester, N.Y.), who had a six-game goal scoring streak snapped Wednesday, no other Yale player has had a goal-scoring streak longer than three games this season.

Warden and senior midfielder Taylor Fragapane (Cockeysville, Md.), the team captain, will make their final appearance for the Bulldogs this Saturday. The duo has helped Yale to 38 victories (14 Ivy League victories) and an NCAA Tournament appearance in their tenure. Warden is currently sixth on Yale's career goals list (116), seventh on Yale's career points list (153) and 12th on Yale's career assists list (37).

Yale's All-Time Points Leaders
1. 271 - Tracy Ball (209g 62a) - 1978-81
2. 244 - Lauren Taylor (196g 48a) - 2005-08
3. 228 - Miles Whitman (178g 50a) - 2001-04
4. 195 - Heather Bentley (164g 31a) - 1997-00
5. 174 - Emily Montgomery (120g 54a) - 1976-78
6. 166 - Kristin Spaeth (102g 64a) - 1978-81
7. 153 - Jenn Warden (116g 37a) - 2006-09

In addition to leading the Yale offense with 41 goals and 48 points this season, Warden also contributes at the other end of the field and in the draw circle. She leads the team in caused turnovers (30), draw controls (26) and ground balls (34). Other defensive stat leaders for the Bulldogs include freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.), whose .489 save percentage is second in the Ivy League; sophomore defender/midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley (Berwyn, Pa.), whose 14 caused turnovers in Ivy games are tied with Warden and three other players for the league lead; and sophomore defender Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.), whose 15 ground balls in league games place her fifth in the league in that category. Additionally, junior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) is tied for second on the team in ground balls (22) and is third on the team in caused turnovers (17) in overall games.

This is the third meeting between Yale and Georgetown (12-5, 6-1 Big East), and the first in Washington, D.C. (the two teams met in the ECAC Championship in New Haven in 1995 and 1997, each winning once). Georgetown has lost to just one team currently ranked outside the top six in the country -- Loyola, who beat the Hoyas 13-11 in a pouring rainstorm in Baltimore two weeks ago thanks largely to 18 saves from goalie Meg Steffe. The Hoyas have scored double-digit goals in seven straight games, including 21 against Louisville, 19 against UConn and 18 against Cincinnati. Attacker Molly Ford leads Georgetown in goals (51) and points (66). Two other Hoyas -- attacker Jordy Kirr (38-21-59) and midfielder Ashby Kaestner (40-18-58) -- have also cracked the 50-point mark.

With those numbers have come a wide variety of honors for the Hoyas. Ford and Kaestner are both nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Kaestner was one of three Hoyas to earn a major award at the Big East banquet last week; she was named Co-Midfielder of the Year. Bridget Noon, who leads the team in draw controls with 45 and is second in caused turnovers with 22, was named Big East Defender of the Year, and Ricky Fried was named Big East Coach of the Year. Additionally, seven Hoyas earned a spot on the Big East first or second teams.

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

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