Crow's Late Goal Helps Yale Edge Bryant

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Wednesday afternoon's game vs. Bryant at Reese Stadium quickly turned into an uphill climb for Yale, as the Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 early. But they kept chipping away at that lead, and the game turned into a see-saw battle late in the second half.

With the score tied at 10 with less than five minutes to play, it was a senior-to-freshman combination that netted the game-winner. Attacker Caroline Crow, who already had a hat trick, drove in and drew the defense's attention before passing to midfielder Christina Doherty in front for the score that proved decisive, as Yale came away with an 11-10 win.

"We were just trying to be patient," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "They were pressing out, and we kept changing the point of attack. They thought Caroline was going to drive, and she made an incredible feed under pressure. And Christina made a huge shot."

That was a fitting way to score the final goal in a game where Yale's offense relied heavily on teamwork. More than half of the goals Wednesday (six of 11) were assisted. And with 14 assists for the year, the Bulldogs are already half-way to their total from all of last season.

"We are much better at working off the ball this year," Phillips said. "That's creating more scoring opportunities."

Those scoring opportunities were slow to develop at first on Wednesday. Bryant scored the first three goals of the game, holding Yale scoreless for more than 10 minutes to start. But the Bulldogs quickly got back in the game when freshman midfielder Cathryn Avallone scored at 19:52, and sophomore attacker Sabine van der Linden took the draw control down and scored only nine seconds later.

After Bryant scored again to go up 4-2, sophomore midfielder Ashley McCormick set up sophomore attacker Meghan Murray to bring Yale within 4-3 heading into halftime.

"We felt that getting draw controls and scoring early would be important," Phillips said. "But instead we were down 3-0, and we shot 3 for 19 in the first half. Then we finally got a little more control."

Bryant (0-4, 0-1 NEC) extended its lead to 6-3 before Crow scored off a feed from junior attacker Devon Rhodes with 23:55 to play. After Bryant scored again just 52 seconds later, sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan came on in relief of senior Whitney Quackenbush.

Yale (2-1, 0-1 Ivy League) then reeled off three straight goals to tie the game 7-7. First, freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker drew the defense before passing to Crow for a goal. That was the first of four points on the day for Fleishhacker, all in the second half. She scored a goal of her own with 19:13 left, driving in after a foul call on Bryant created a path for her through the 8-meter arc. After Doherty got the draw control, McCormick scored to tie the game.

Bryant momentarily disrupted Yale's run with a goal by attacker Lauren Sheridan, but after a Bryant turnover the Bulldogs scored in transition. Doherty fed Avallone and the freshman delivered her second goal of the game -- making it three straight two-goal games at the start of her Yale career. She also had four draw controls and a pair of ground balls.

"Cathryn Avallone played an amazing game," Phillips said.

Fleishhacker assisted on a goal by Crow, then scored one of her own when Bryant goalkeeper Lauren Filippone got a piece of Fleishhacker's shot only to see it dribble over the goal line to make it 10-8 Yale with 10:49 to play.

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2012-03-07



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