NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team got its doubleheader day off to a great start Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium against Sacred Heart, topping the Pioneers 17-5. Yale got goals from 11 different players, and the offense was led by four points each from sophomore midfielder Amanda Bosland and senior attacker Hope Hanley. The Bulldogs shot 17-for-36 and won the draw control battle 16-7.
With another game -- against No. 19 Stanford -- looming later in the day, Yale (6-5, 1-2 Ivy League) wanted to make sure to take care of business as efficiently as possible against Sacred Heart. An 8-0 Bulldog run to start the game, including a pair of goals each from Hanley and junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna, gave Yale control early on. Impressively, six of the team's seven goals from the field at that point were assisted.
Sacred Heart (2-7, 0-0 NEC) got on the scoreboard at 14:05, part of a 3-2 run by the Pioneers that made the score 10-3. Yale's tallies came on free positon shots, by junior attacker Lily Smith and freshman midfielder Barrett Carlson.
By that point the Bulldogs had already begun utilizing their bench frequently, and at 4:02 of the first freshman midfielder Hannah Logan got the first of what would be three goals on the day for her -- bringing her total for the season to four. Smith's identical twin, Lily, then scored the first of two goals on the day for her. Yale went into the half up 12-4.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allie Carrigan came on to play the second half, with junior Sydney Marks having made a pair of saves in the first. Goals by junior attacker Emma Dunne and Logan ran Yale's lead to 14-4 midway through the second. After Sacred Heart scored with 10:29 left, goals by Gramigna, Lily Smith and Logan made the final 17-5. Carrigan made her fifth and final save shortly before time expired.
Bosland finished with a team-high three assists, while Hanley had two. Sophomore defender Eliot Schulte led the Bulldogs in caused turnovers with three. Yale had 12 different players get draw controls and 15 different players with ground balls.
Yale hosts Stanford at 6:00 p.m. This is the Bulldogs' first doubleheader since sweeping Cal and Monmouth Apr. 17, 2004 at Johnson Field.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity