Crow's Late Goal Helps Yale Edge Bryant

But Bryant would not go quietly, as goals by midfielder Lisa Vendel and midfielder Katherine Keckeisen tied the game with six minutes to play.

"Bryant is a very scrappy team with skilled players," Phillips said. "We knew this was going to be difficult."

Filippone was the X factor, as she entered the day ranked third nationally in both saves per game (13.00) and save percentage (.542). She made a number of great stops on Wednesday, finishing with 12 saves, but the Bulldogs solved her when it mattered most thanks to Crow and Doherty's teamwork on the game-winner with 4:30 to play.

"We have to give Bryant a lot of credit," Phillips said. "Their goalkeeper played phenomenally, and we shot poorly. Those two things made it tough for us offensively. She was a very good goalie, and we hit her a lot. This was a high-pressure game where every mistake, every turnover became more highlighted."

One key turning point came with less than two minutes to play as Bryant had the ball right in front of the Yale goal looking to tie the game at 11. With two different officials calling the play differently -- one called a charge on Bryant, the other called a foul on Yale -- a throw was held to the side of the Yale goal to determine possession. McCormick grabbed the throw to get possession for the Bulldogs, and they eventually got the ball in the capable hands of Crow for the clear to run out the clock.

"Ashley's a quick, quick player," Phillips said. "She got off the mark quickly and got that 50/50 ball. At the end Caroline got the ball and pretty much stalled the game out by stick-handling. That's not how we practiced it, but it was the most effective thing we could do at the time."

Yale heads to Florida on Friday morning, where the Bulldogs will play No. 10 Notre Dame in a neutral site game on Tuesday Mar. 13 at Hilltopper Stadium in Delray Beach as part of the "Spring Fling" tournament.

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