W. LACROSSE | Elis face tough test in JMU

The women’s lacrosse team will look to start spring break on a high note when the Bulldogs welcome No. 14 James Madison (2–0) to Reese Stadium on Saturday.

The Elis are coming off a 14–5 loss to No. 18 Fairfield at home on Wednesday and know they got their hands full with James Madison.

Midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 cradles the ball during Yale’s 14–5 loss to No. 18 Fairfield on Wednesday at Reese Stadium. Rhodes had a goal and two assists on the day for the Bulldogs.
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Midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 cradles the ball during Yale’s 14–5 loss to No. 18 Fairfield on Wednesday at Reese Stadium. Rhodes had a goal and two assists on the day for the Bulldogs.

“JMU is going to be the toughest opponent we’ve faced so far,” Kaitlyn Flatley ’11 said. “We have to play to our potential in order to win and to do that we must clean up our play on all ends of the field.”

Goalie Whitney Quackenbush ’12 said although JMU will be a tough test, the team knows it has a chance to win.

The Bulldogs will play four more games over the break, incluing a 4 p.m. showdown at UMass on Wednesday. The team is especially looking forward to this game given the significance of its win against the Minutewomen last season.

“It was a huge turning point in our season last year, and a big win for us,” Quackenbush said of Yale’s 7–4 win against UMass on March 11. “They will definitely be out to get us this year.”

After traveling to UMass and Marist, the Bulldogs will return home to Reese Stadium to take on Ivy opponents Brown and Penn.

“Our biggest focus is going to be eliminating the sloppy mistakes and coming up with the fifty-fifty balls,” Michele Fiorentino ’10 said.

Coming off of a disappointing loss to Fairfield, Quackenbush said the team is looking to make significant strides over the break.

“We are definitely looking to improve on our game and clean up the mistakes in the next few weeks,” Quackenbush said.

Saturday’s action begins at 1 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

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