W. LACROSSE | Bulldogs upset No. 13 BU

Midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 calls out the play in the Elis’ game against Fairfield on March 3. Rhodes had one goal and two assists in Yale’s 11–9 victory over BU.
Midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 calls out the play in the Elis’ game against Fairfield on March 3. Rhodes had one goal and two assists in Yale’s 11–9 victory over BU. Photo by Betsey Di Bonaventura.

After falling just three goals shy of upsetting No. 5 Penn last Saturday, the women’s lacrosse team traveled to BU Wednesday to defeat the No. 13 Terriers 11–9. The Bulldogs (4–4, 1–1 Ivy) held the Terriers (4–4) to just four goals in the first half and scored 11 goals on only 13 shots as they defeated their first top-15 team of the season.

Within the first two minutes, midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 had already hit the net off a feed from attacker Caroline Crow ’12, followed by a tally from midfielder Krissy Chapman ’13 just three minutes later.

Goalie Whitney Quackenbush ’12 made three saves before the Terriers finally found the net at 23:24. Quackenbush had a season-high 16 saves on the day.

“We worked really well as a unit [defensively] and picked up for each other if we made mistakes,” midfielder Kaitlyn Flatley’11 said. “Whitney also had a huge day of saves.”

Quackenbush came up with a pair of saves minutes later, including one off a free-position shot. Yale scored on the ensuing possession on a tally from Crow off a feed from attacker Jenna Block ’10. Flatley soon scored one more to make it 4–1. But the Terriers answered with two quick goals, including a free position, to narrow the Bulldog lead to one.

Midfielder Logan Greer ’11 scored her first goal of the season as she capitalized on her third free position opportunity of the game to make it 5–3.

“Almost everything worked offensively [today],” Flatley said. “We ran our plays perfectly and capitalized on every opportunity.”

The Terriers stayed hot on the Bulldogs’ heels as they scored again to make it 5–4 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Rhodes and Block teamed up as the freshman fed Block to give the visitors the final tally heading into halftime.

Yale started off the second half defensively, holding the Terries without a goal for more than 13 minutes.

“I think the key on defense was holding BU’s top scorer [attacker Traci Landy] to zero goals and only one shot,” Quackenbush said. “[Captain and defender] Claire [Eliasberg ’10] did an amazing job on her, and I think it says a lot about our slides on defense.”

Flatley struck again just five minutes into the half, followed by another combination from Rhodes and Block to make it 8–4. With under 20 minutes remaining, the Bulldogs continued the scoring as Myra Trivellas ’11 scored off a free position, which prompted the Terrier coach to change goalies. Crow became the third Bulldog with two goals on the day when she scored to make it 10–4 with 17 minutes left.

The Terriers retaliated with two quick goals to make it 10–6 at the15-minute mark but Block made sure the Bulldogs continued to control the pace of the game as she fed Crow for her third of the day. Although Quackenbush subsequently saved multiple free position attempts, the Terriers were able to sneak one in with seven minutes remaining to make it 11–7. Yale held on to the lead as it allowed the Terriers just two more goals before the final whistle blew.

The Elis recorded a season-high 11 goals and saw tallies from seven different players, including a hat trick from Crow.

“Our offense has really stepped up in the last few games,” Rhodes said. “We’ve been working on remaining composed under pressure the past few weeks on offense and it really showed today.”

The Bulldogs will look to improve their Ivy record when they travel to Dartmouth on Saturday for a 1 p.m. face-off.

“Everyone has been playing with such confidence and heart,” Flatley said. “We’re going to take this progress we have made into the Dartmouth game.”

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