W. LACROSSE | Another away game up ahead

Fresh off a road victory against Fairfield on Wednesday afternoon, the women’s lacrosse team is set for another away game this weekend.

The Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) will face No. 19 James Madison (1-0) on Saturday in their second stop on a four-game series on the road to start the Yale season.

On Wednesday, the Elis opened their road campaign with a come-from-behind victory over Fairfield. Down 7-4 at halftime, the Bulldogs rallied and eventually won the game in overtime, 11-10.

This Saturday, the Bulldogs will face a familiar foe in James Madison. And like the Elis, the Dukes have also started their season on a strong note, having defeated Virginia Tech 14-9 last Saturday.

But the Bulldogs are more than capable of defeating James Madison.

Last season, the Elis hosted the Dukes at Johnson Stadium. In that game, the Bulldogs also found themselves trailing 7-4 at halftime. But unlike their match against the Stags on Wednesday, the Elis did not need extra time to finish their comeback. The Elis avoided overtime and topped the Dukes, 10-9.

In that match, midfielder Jenn Warden ’09 led the Bulldogs’ effort with four goals.

But the history between these two teams is not limited to on the field meetings. Like their game on Wednesday — in which Yale’s previous head coach Laura Field patrolled the Stags’ sideline as an assistant coach — the Elis once again have a subplot surrounding their coaching staff.

Yale assistant coach Brigid Strain — who joined the coaching staff under new head coach Anne Phillips — played for James Madison last year.

The two teams face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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