Bryant Comes Back But Drops Close Decision to Yale

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Despite outscoring their opponents 8-4 in the second half of play, Bryant University fell to Yale, 14-13, Wednesday at the Bryant Turf Complex.

After a Kimberley Sniffen (Redding, Conn.) free position score at the 23:58 mark of the first period put the Rhode Island Bulldogs (1-3) up one goal, Yale (2-2, 1-0 Ivy) went on to score the next four markers, including two from Kerri Fleishhacker, opening up a 4-1 advantage less than 12 minutes into the contest.

A pair of free position goals from junior Lisa Vendel (Newtown, Conn.) brought Bryant within a single score the Connecticut Bulldogs rallied off five-straight goals, two more from Fleishhacker and a pair from Devon Rhodes, to extend the lead to six goals, 9-3. Before the half closed, Vendel added her third tally of the day, and Yale's Nicole Daniggelis and freshman Lauren Descalzo (Hauppaeuge, N.Y.) each found the back of the net to make in 10-5 Yale at the halftime break.

The Black and Gold came out of the locker room scorching hot and wasted little time scoring six of the first seven goals of the final period. Sniffen and Descalzo tallied there second marker of the night each and Skylar Zlotnick (Essex Fells, N.J.) put in her first scoreof the season, while Haley Bloom (Hauppauge, N.Y.) snuck three goals past Yale keeper Erin McMullan to even the score, 11-11.

The two squads would trade scores back-and-firth over the final 14 minutes of play, but a Fleishhacker goal at 5:59 would break the 13-13 tie, pushing Yale ahead, 14-13.

In the final minute of play, the Bulldogs forced Yale into a turnover but were unable to get a shot off as Yale escaped with a 14-13 win in Smithfield.

The Bulldogs will look to snap their two-game skid when they head to DeLand, Fla., on Wednesday, March 13 to play Stetson at 7:00 p.m.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker helped Yale build up a big lead early in the game Wednesday afternoon at Bryant, scoring four goals in the first half. Then, after Bryant had battled back to tie the game late in the second half, Fleishhacker came through again. Her free position goal with 5:59 left -- her fifth of the day -- wound up being the game-winner, as Yale came away with a 14-13 victory. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes added three goals and an assist, while junior attacker Jen DeVito had four assists.

In a battle between two teams known as the Bulldogs, the weather Wednesday put both teams to the test. At some times it was raining; at some times it was snowing; at all times it was cold. Yale (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) utilized a wide variety of offensive styles to claim an early 10-4 lead.

“We scored on the fast break, we scored on the slow break, and we scored on our settled offense,” said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. “Everything that we've been working on worked in the first half.”

Bryant did not have its first offensive possession until nearly five minutes into the game, but the home team made it count. Midfielder Kimberley Sniffen put Bryant up 1-0 -- but that wound up being her team's only lead of the day.

Yale's first big run started when freshman defender Kate Walker caused a turnover and grabbed the ground ball in the Yale end. Down at the other end of the field, Fleishhacker spun off her defender in the 8-meter arc and tied the game 1-1 at 22:05.

“Kerri's a very dangerous shooter,” said Phillips. “We have been trying to get her to mix up her shot selection. She is doing a better job of changing the planes on her shot. She's got a sidearm release that is tough for a goalie to read, and she's got a very hard shot.”

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