Although the spring season ended abruptly, the Elis enjoyed one of their strongest athletic showings in school history. Look back on the past year in Yale sports and learn why the Bulldogs’ 35 Division I varsity teams appear poised for more success in 2020–21.

The Year in Yale Sports

In Photos: The 2019–2020 year for Yale Athletics

Acting first, Ivy League cancels all spring sports

The decision to cancel all spring sports came a day after the Ivy League announced the cancellation of Ivy Madness, the conference’s postseason basketball tournament.

MEN’S LACROSSE: Bulldogs still seeking redemption after curtailed season

In the 2020 Major League Lacrosse draft, Yale led all schools with its five selections, including two in the first round, giving it the most draft picks of any school since 2018.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Bulldogs claim third in 2019

Forward Aerial Chavarin ’20, who was the team’s leading scorer with eight goals, will begin playing professionally after graduation with the Chicago Red Stars.

SWIMMING & DIVING: Bulldogs take home bronze in 2020

Patrick Frith ’21 and Cate Sawkins ’21 will captain the Elis in 2020–21.

2019–20 Headline Roundup

Women’s tennis duo capture All-American Championship, gymnastics wins the Don Tonry Invitational, and more headlines from our 2019–20 coverage.

MEN’S HOCKEY: Canceled tournament concludes seesaw season for the Elis

Despite starting the season 1–5, a game-winner in double overtime lifted the Bulldogs past Union in the first round of the ECAC Tournament.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Young cohort promises resurgence

After six seniors left the team last year, Yale started the 2020 season at a hopeful 4–2 before its abrupt end.

BASEBALL: Despite losing seven seniors, bright baseball years to come

Through 10 games in 2020, the Bulldogs were the third best squad in the Ancient Eight according to the NCAA’s Division I Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

SOFTBALL: Bulldogs eye Ivy League Championship Series berth in 2021

The Elis earned wins in Silicon Valley, Virginia and Florida during the shortened 2020 season.

Saybrook and Hopper share 2020 Tyng Cup

The pair become the third-ever duo to share the Tyng.

The Game: From 2016 to 2019

In 2016, quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20 connected with receiver Reed Klubnik ’20 for two touchdowns in a 21–14 victory. Three years later, the same duo led the Bulldogs at the Yale Bowl as seniors, securing a 50–43 win in a double overtime classic. Relive each game through the lenses of our staff photographers.
Section Illustration by Dora Guo.