Yale Tops Stony Brook, as Seniors Go out on Winning Note

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The seniors on the Yale went out on a winning note Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium, helping the Bulldogs to a 14-10 victory over Stony Brook on Senior Day. They also got a glimpse of the program's future, as the freshman class accounted for nine of Yale's goals.

The Bulldogs got hat tricks from one senior (midfielder Bray Ketchum) and two freshmen (attacker Jen DeVito and midfielder Meghan Murray) en route to their best offensive out put of the year.

“Today everything worked from one end of the field to the other,” said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. “We executed on attack, and some of the young players we have been bringing along produced. What they did today bodes well for the future.”

The day started with a boost by a visit from Alanna, the teenager being treated for a brain tumor at Smilow Cancer Hospital that the team adopted last season. She was there to help salute the seniors from both teams in a pregame ceremony, as Yale honored Ketchum, midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Flatley, midfielder Logan Greer, defender Augusta Hixon, defender Fielding Kidd, defender/midfielder Mahi Trivellas and attacker Myra Trivellas.

Goals from the freshmen helped Yale build an early 4-1 lead, as Murray had a pair, DeVito had one (and her first assist of the season) and midfielder Adrienne Tarver added another in the opening 10 minutes.

Murray entered the day with two goals for the season, but Saturday's performance provided proof that she is capable of scoring many more for the rest of her career.

“Meg Murray is one the best inside finishers,” Phillips said. “She knows how to move inside, and finally today it clicked for her. You just keep waiting for that 'Aha' moment, and that's what this was. We felt we could work the ball inside today, and that is what she is great at.”

But it was after Stony Brook closed within 4-2 that the Bulldogs really got a spark, as Ketchum tallied the first goal of her career. It came at the 16:49 mark off an assist by Tarver and was punctuated by an exuberant celebration from Ketchum and her teammates.

Ketchum just joined the lacrosse team this season after four years playing ice hockey for Yale. She finished her ice hockey career in Yale's top 12 for goals, assists and points, but ironically it was in her final game as a lacrosse player that she got her first hat trick as a Bulldog.

“Bray has been so close to having a game like this all season,” Phillips said. “For her to walk on to this team in midseason -- having not touched a lacrosse stick since high school -- and come to understand our offense and our ride and be a contributor is a testament to what a great athlete she is and what a great competitor she is. She kept at it all year, and without her maybe we don't win today.”

Stony Brook called timeout shortly after Ketchum's goal, but the Bulldogs kept building their lead. Freshman midfielder Courteney Rutter scored her second goal of the season at 12:17, and 44 seconds later Ketchum quickly converted a feed from DeVito into another goal for a 7-2 lead.

The teams then traded goals for most of the rest of the game, a deal Yale was happy to make. DeVito and Murray (assisted by DeVito) scored again, and sophomore midfielder Kristen Chapman scored her first goal of the season (assisted by Greer), to help Yale to a 10-4 lead. That tied the team's largest lead of the season.

After a goal by Stony Brook midfielder Kaila Gottlick brought the score to 10-5, Seawolves goalie Mickey Cahill denied a shot by Ketchum as time expired in the half.

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