12-22, 6-14 Ivy
The Elis struggled in 2001, batting .257 and compiling a team ERA of 5.77.
Still, the season provided some highlights. Lefty Craig Breslow ’02 finished 12th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.5, and Jon Steitz ’02 pitched well enough to be considered as a legitimate early-round selection in June’s MLB draft.
The lightweight men, heavyweight men and women’s squads continued to perform well in 2000-2001. The defending national champion lightweight varsity boat had an especially strong spring season, winning both the Joseph Wright and Jope cups. The Bulldogs were also pleased with the completion of the Gilder Boathouse on the Housatonic River.
Golf Men 3rd Ivy; Women 2nd Ivy
After struggling in the fall, the men’s golf team had a strong spring, finishing second in the Yale Spring Opener, third at the Ivy Championship and second at the New England Championships. The highlights of the season included first-place finishes by Louis Aurelio ’01 in the Ivy League Championship and Chris Eckerle ’02 in the New England Championships. In addition, the Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championship for the fifth time in the past six years.
The women’s squad continued their winning tradition with a strong fall in which the Bulldogs won the Princeton Invitational and took two seconds and a third in the other four tournaments of the fall. The Elis failed to defend the Ivy crown they had won three of the past five years but did manage second place.
Men’s Lacrosse 6-7, 3-3 Ivy
The Elis had high hopes for their spring season but were disappointed by close losses to top-ranked teams. The team rebounded with a 9-7 victory over Harvard and finished fourth in the conference. Brian Hunt ’02 led the league in scoring with 58 points and took home first team All-Ivy and New England MVP honors.
Women’s Lacrosse 10-6, 5-2 Ivy
The Bulldogs raced out to a 9-0 record and a No. 7 national ranking but dropped their last three matches, ending their chances for an NCAA bid. Ivy League Rookie of the Year Miles Whitman ’04 led the team with 32 goals, while Clarissa Clarke ’03 added 26 tallies of her own. The team is optimistic about next year, and with 14 rising-juniors and a corps of strong rising-sophomores, the Bulldogs will once again have a legitimate shot at the Ivy crown and a playoff birth.
Softball 24-21, 7-7 Ivy
The Yale softball team had a very strong 2001 season and finished 5th in the Ivy League. Led by captain Monica Lebron ’01, the team combined solid defense and excellent pitching with timely run production to finish over .500 for the second time in five years. MVP Jesseka Bartholomew ’03 and Shayna Filson ’04, whose seven home runs set a single season Yale record, led Yale’s offense. On the other side of the ball, junior pitcher Cara Denver ’02 led the team with a 2.35 ERA and 77 strikeouts.
Tennis Men 17-4, 4-3 Ivy;
Women 15-6, 6-1 Ivy
The men’s tennis team seemed prepared to compete for the Ivy League title, but back-to-back losses to Columbia and Cornell ended the title run. Steve Berke ’03 led the Bulldogs on the court, going 7-0 in Ivy competition at the No. 1 position. Berke was also invited to the NCAA tournament.
The women’s team had their best record in over a decade and placed second in the Ivy League. Andrea Goldberg ’02 stepped up to the No. 1 slot and also combined with Elizabeth Kaufman ’03 on the stellar No. 1 doubles team. After the season, coach Meghan McMahon ’87 announced that she was resigning to spend more time with her family.
Track Men 5th, Women 2nd at Heps
Both the men and women’s track teams had up-and-down seasons. The men’s team lost to Harvard in the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet but teamed up with the Crimson to defeat Oxford and Cambridge. The Bulldogs also improved to a fifth-place finish in the outdoor Heptagonal Championships after a seventh-place finish indoors.
The women’s track team finished a strong second in the outdoor Heptagonal meet, but, like the men’s squad, could not overcome Harvard in their annual dual meet. The women also teamed up with Harvard to defeat Oxford and Cambridge.