The women’s lacrosse team continued its domination of teams Wednesday, extending its season-long winning streak to six games in the process.
The No. 9 Bulldogs (6-0, 2-0 Ivy) dominated play as usual and trounced Fairfield University (1-3) 15-8 at University Field in Fairfield, Conn. The Bulldogs continued their climb up the national polls, moving up six spots in this week’s newly released polls.
“We looked a little flat and I think that always happens after a big win,” attacker Clara Gillespie ’01 said. “We were really confident and I think we were looking to [next Sunday’s game against] Harvard.”
Captain Liz Gardner ’01 was also not completely satisfied with the win, knowing that against stiffer competition, letting in eight goals will spell defeat.
“We weren’t executing like we know how to execute our plays and that’s what worked against Dartmouth,” Gardner said in reference to the team’s decisive 13-7 upset of No. 11 Dartmouth Saturday.
But the Bulldogs still solidified their spot in the national pools with a strong showing featuring several new Eli faces — exhibiting the team’s quality depth.
The Elis outshot Fairfield 30-12, and seven different attackers hit the net.
Sophie Melniker ’04 opened the scoring for Yale less than a minute into play, netting her first of five goals on the evening. But the Stags’ quickness allowed them to score the equalizer two minutes later.
“Sophie’s always a presence out there and now that she has six games under her belt, she’s starting to see new opportunities and the experience is starting to pay off,” attacker Katherine Myers ’01 said.
The senior duo of Myers and Kate Flatley ’01 quickly ended Fairfield’s momentum as they scored back-to-back goals within a minute. Myers notched three goals on the afternoon.
Yale finished the first half ahead 7-3.
Sarah Queener ’03 scored the first goal after the break, but the Stags would not give up, sneaking two more goals past goalie Amanda Sisley ’03 to cut the lead to 8-5.
At that point, the Elis stepped up their level of play, and rattled off five straight goals in 10 minutes to seal the win.
“I think we got down to business and I think that was indicative of what we should have been doing the entire game,” Gardner said.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs travel to Cambridge to face Harvard. The Elis will need to play up to their full potential to defeat the Cantabs in what has traditionally been a tough contest — their last three matchups have been decided by a single goal.
“I think we’re going into the Harvard game the same way we went into the Dartmouth game — knowing that this is a very important game for us in the league and nationally,” Gardner said. “We feel we have something to prove against this team.”
The Elis are also looking forward to the return of their top scorer, Miles Whitman ’04, from a sprained ankle injury that she suffered against Dartmouth.