Men’s Cross Country 7th Ivy
The men’s cross country team began the season with high hopes, but failed to perform as well as hoped. Despite a large group of freshmen and a new coach from Georgetown — Dan Ireland — at the end of the season, the team was ranked 11th in the NCAA Regionals and 7th in the Ivy League. The team is losing three of its top runners — Rob Doyle ’01, Jack Lovejoy ’01 and Dave Shroedel ’01, but still has Eric Klein ’02, J.C. Reindl ’03 , Chris Andrew ’04 and Bobby Dwyer ’04.
Women’s Cross Country 1st Ivy
The women’s cross country team had its most impressive season in years, finishing 7th in the nation at the NCAA national champtionships. The team was the top of the Ivy League and the top of the region, even beating out cross country powerhouses Brown and Providence. The team is relatively young — only two of the top seven runners graduated in May. Kate O’Neill ’03, Laura O’Neill ’03, Lindsay Mitchell ’03, Amanda Brewster ’02 and Rebecca Hunter ’04 remain to lead the pack.
Field Hockey 3-14, 2-5 Ivy
The field hockey team used the 2000 season to rebuild under new head coach Ainslee Lamb. The Bulldogs lost a series of close matches with great efforts from goalie Krissy Nesburg ’04. In 2001, the Elis are looking to improve their record by pulling out victories in the close matches.
Football 7-3, 4-3 Ivy
Coming off its first Ivy League championship in 10 years, the football team came into the 2000 season with high expectations. The team started out strong, becoming the first collegiate team ever to record 800 wins with its 42-6 thumping of Dayton at the Yale Bowl. A last-second loss at Cornell and lackluster performances against Brown and Princeton derailed Eli hopes of a repeat title, but the 2000 season was successful nonetheless.
Quarterback Peter Lee ’02 easily stepped into the role vacated by departed legend Joe Walland ’00, and tailback Rashad Bartholomew ’01 ran his way into the record books as Yale’s all-time leading rusher. Team MVP Eric Johnson ’01 broke nearly every receiving record in the book, but the star saved his best catch for last. Johnson made a jaw-dropping, juggling catch in the back of the end zone to tie The Game in the fourth quarter that sparked a 17 point run to gave the Bulldogs their third straight win over Harvard. In April, Johnson and safety Than Merrill ’01 became the first two Yale players to be selected in the NFL draft in 20 years.
9-7-1, 4-3-0 Ivy
The men’s soccer team struggled early but gained momentum as the season progressed. However, critical losses to Ivy League rivals Brown and Harvard ended the Bulldogs’ chances for postseason play. The sophomore duo of Jay Alberts and Stuart Yingst led the team in scoring, while goaltender Danny Moss ’01 defended the goal. Seniors Moss and playmaker Matt Schmidt will be hard to replace, but the Bulldogs seem poised for a solid 2001 season.
9-7-1, 3-4-0 Ivy
After a stunning 1-0 upset of No. 25 Connecticut, the women’s soccer team seemed like it was on its way to an NCAA playoff bid. But Yale fell just short of a Cinderella birth with losses to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 19 Harvard late in the season.
During the season, the Bulldogs were bolstered by the strong play of forward Chandra King ’03 and goalie Sarah Peterson ’02. King led the League in scoring, while Peterson allowed only 2.1 goals per game. The returning team members — along with a highly touted freshman class — are looking to make an impact in 2001.
Volleyball 18-8, 4-3 Ivy
The Bulldog squad had a successful 2000 season and progressed to the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament. Captain Stephanie McMahon ’01, who was a first team All-Ivy selection, led the team. In 2001, the team is looking to improve on its fourth place finish in the conference.