Big Second Half Carries No. 13 Cornell to Victory over Yale

The Bulldogs called timeout looking to regroup -- but after an offside call against Yale, the Big Red raced down the field and got a goal from attacker Caroline Salisbury in transition. Cornell kept the run going with goals from D'Amico and Hefner. Junior attacker Devon Rhodes finally stopped the run by bouncing one in with 5:36 left after spinning off a pair of defenders in the 8-meter arc.

Cornell (9-4, 4-2 Ivy League) got the draw control after that goal, though, and Steinberg scored her 40th of the year off a Salisbury assist to quell any thoughts of a Bulldog comeback. Cornell outscored Yale 5-2 in the final 5:20 to pull away.

“Cornell is a very experienced team, with seven seniors starting,” said Phillips. “You could see that those four years together provided an edge, especially on the ride. They created turnovers and were able to score in transition. We were playing defense all day. Our midfielders did a great job, but we couldn't sub any of them out, and fatigue may have become a factor.”

Crow scored again for her sixth multiple-goal game in the last seven games, and Fleishhacker scored again for her first career hat trick. Salisbury scored for the Big Red with 22 seconds left for the 17-9 final.

The final score overshadowed the great performance by McMullan, who is still just a month into being the team's starter. She made six saves on 20 shots in her first three games this season, but since taking over as starter she has stopped 48 percent of the shots she has seen and delivered five double-digit save games. Her save percentage in the five Ivy League games she played is .548, best in the league.

“That was a very good offensive team that she stifled,” said Phillips. “It has been awesome to see her development over the course of the season. She's very composed, and I can't say enough about how she's grown as a keeper.”

Yale concludes its season next Saturday at No. 17 Boston College.

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