Yale Women (5-0) Off to Best Start Since 2001
from press release
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The best start to a season in 13 years continued for the Yale women's lacrosse season on Friday, as the Bulldogs bested Quinnipiac 15-8 at Reese Stadium to improve to 5-0. The last time Yale won its first five games was 2001, when the team started 8-0.
Seven different players scored for Yale, led by five goals from freshman attacker Tess McEvoy. Senior attacker Jen DeVito added seven assists, the most by a Yale player since Jenna Block had eight on April 1, 2009.
"We're thrilled with where we are, at 5-0," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "Today we won the ground ball battle 24-10, we won the draw control 13-12, we cleared well (16-for-18) and we limited our turnovers (11). After playing five games in two weeks, we're excited to have some time now to develop, tweak our offense and defense, and get to a new level before our next game."
The final score might have been more lopsided had Yale (5-0, 1-0 Ivy League) not hit the post on five shots, including three in the first two minutes. Even so, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and did not allow Quinnipiac to score a goal until more than 16 minutes had passed. The Bobcats did go on a 3-1 run to get within 5-3, but the Bulldogs then reeled off five unanswered goals to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.
After Quinnipiac (0-3, 0-0 MAAC) scored the first goal of the second half, Yale went on a 4-0 run that put the game well out of reach. Freshman attacker Hope Hanley got that run started with her first career goal. That stretch also saw Yale senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan make her best save of the day, denying Quinnipiac attacker Kathleen DeVito at point-blank range.
Quinnipiac scored four of the final five goals of the game, including three from attacker Kyra Ochwat, but that proved to be too little, too late. McMullan's save on a shot by attacker Michaela Tinsley in the final seconds enabled her and the defense to extend their streak of holding an opponent to eight goals or less intact (six games, dating back to the final game of last year.). The last time Yale had a six-game defensive streak like that was 11 years ago (Mar. 18 through Apr. 5).
In addition to McEvoy's five goals and Hanley's one, Yale also got three goals from senior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker, two goals each from senior attacker Meghan Murray and sophomore midfielder Tori Virtue, and one each from junior midfielder Erin Magnusonand sophomore midfielder Lauren Wackerle. Fleishhacker and Magnuson also had assists. Magnuson and senior defender Adrienne Tarver tied for the team lead with four ground balls, and only one Yale player had more than one turnover.
"Tess had a great day, and Jen DeVito really facilitated the offense with seven assists," said Phillips.
McMullan finished with four saves, while Quinnipiac's Samantha Tilts made 13.
The Bulldogs worked 32 players into the game, including the first career appearance for Hanley and freshman midfielder Carlin Zia.
Yale hosts No. 15 Penn next Saturday at 1 p.m.
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