April 1, 2011

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McCormick's Trick Treats Yale to Win Over Colgate

from press release

NEW HAVEN, Conn.
– The Yale women's lacrosse team has been looking for scoring from some new sources -- entering Friday's game against Colgate, junior attacker Caroline Crow and sophomore midfielder Devon Rhodes had accounted for more than half of the team's goals. Those two had productive days again against the Raiders at a cold and rainy Reese Stadium, but ultimately it was a hat trick from freshman attacker Ashley McCormick and the first goals of the season from three other players that tipped the balance in Yale's favor, 10-7.

McCormick, who doubled her goal total for the season with Friday's effort, made the most of her chance to play attack after starting the season as a midfielder.

"We moved Ashley to attack and she did a great job of going to goal for us," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "That was a huge shot in the arm."

In addition to her three goals, McCormick also added three ground balls. The Bulldogs finished the game with a season-high 21 GBs.

"We were determined to win ground balls," said Phillips. "That was something we worked on all week. We had a big edge in the first half (12-8), and that helped us control the clock. That paid dividends at the end of the game."

The Bulldogs also benefitted from three players cracking the goal-scoring column for the first time this season: senior midfielder Logan Greer, freshman midfielder Adrienne Tarver and freshman attacker Sabine van der Linden. Greer finished with a pair of goals.

"Getting scoring from our midfielders was key," said Phillips. "Logan did an amazing job in the midfield, on defense and in transition. We had a lot of different players that contributed to the offense today. That's what we've been trying to build."

The game was a back-and-forth affair well into the second half, as a goal by Colgate midfielder Amanda O'Sullivan tied things at four with 24:37 to play. Greer had already scored a pair of goals by that point, while McCormick had one and van der Linden had one as well (the first of her career).

Tarver's goal at 21:18, the first goal of her career, ignited a six-goal run by the Bulldogs that was also fueled in part by van der Linden's work taking the draw. The Bulldogs tied their season high Friday with 12 draw controls, and van der Linden had five of those. That included one at the start of the second half which she took all the way in for her goal.

"Sabine has been doing a phenomenal job on the draw," said Phillips. "Predicting where the ball goes on the draw is a huge part of the game. She did a great job, as did the kids on the circle."

Tarver's goal was part of a run of three straight assisted goals for the Bulldogs, as she was set up by Crow. After Raiders attacker Monica White hit the post with a shot, and junior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush denied a free-position shot by midfielder Courtney Miller, Rhodes set up McCormick to make it 6-4 Yale with 12:18 left. Freshman attacker Jen DeVito then scored off a Crow assist a minute later to pad the Bulldogs' cushion.

Quackenbush delivered another huge save with 5:30 to play after midfielder Colleen Bubnack set up White for a point-blank shot. Right after that McCormick completed her hat trick, and van der Linden won the draw to set up senior attacker Myra Trivellas for a goal that made it 9-4 with 4:39 left.

Freshman midfielder Courteney Rutter got her first career point when she set up Rhodes for the Bulldogs' final goal, making it 10-4 with 2:41 to play. The Raiders were able to tack on three goals in the final minutes to make the final score a little closer, but the game ended fittingly with Yale's captain, senior defender Fielding Kidd, causing one last turnover and grabbing the ground ball to run out the clock.

Kidd finished with four caused turnovers and three ground balls, leading a Yale defensive effort that held Colgate to its second-lowest goal total of the season -- only Florida held the Raiders to fewer goals, and the Gators were ranked No. 10 in the country when they beat Colgate 18-6 last month.

Bubnack and Miller had combined for 56 goals heading into Friday, but the Bulldogs put two veteran defenders on them -- Kidd and senior Augusta Hixon -- and held them to four goals Friday.

"We knew Bubnack and Miller were Colgate's 1-2 punch and we needed to neutralize them," said Phillips. "So we matched up Augusta and Fielding on them down low. Augusta and Fielding did a great job not giving them any scoring opportunities inside the eight and not letting them drive in on us."

Quackenbush finished with seven saves and helped limit Colgate to a 1-for-5 performance on free position shots.

Colgate (6-5, 3-0 Patriot League) saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

Yale (2-7, 0-3 Ivy League) plays at No. 17 Georgetown Sunday.


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