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Bulldogs Look Forward to 2019-20 With Gorman as Captain

Yale celebrates the win on Megan Gorman's buzzer-beater at Youngstown State. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates the win on Megan Gorman's buzzer-beater at Youngstown State. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As the Yale women's basketball team turns its attention to the 2019-20 season, the Bulldogs do so with a new leader. Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) has been elected captain and leads the team into its 47th varsity season.

Gorman was chosen by a team vote in March. In reflecting on the honor, she acknowledged the three captains she has played for at Yale: Elizabeth Haley '17, Mary Ann Santucci '18 and Gabby Nelson '19.

"I was honored to be elected captain," said Gorman. "I have so much love, respect and admiration for all of my teammates, so the opportunity to lead and serve them is extremely humbling. Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to learn from Liz, Tucci and Gabby who have each, in their own ways, exemplified what it means to be an outstanding captain. Following their lead, I know that being a captain means showing up every day with the team's best interest in mind and doing whatever I can to carry it out. I also know that leadership on this team comes from everyone. It is such an incredible group and I will undoubtedly be leaning on my fellow seniors, and the team as a whole, throughout the season." 

Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, praised Gorman's leadership style.

"Megan is a special person who has been a phenomenal representative of our family, a special extension of our coaching staff, and a trusted teammate," said Guth. "Gorman is simply a natural-born leader who is incredibly intentional in the way in which she leads.  It is an honor that is most deserved and that I know she will serve in with great pride.  I am absolutely thrilled about Megan Gorman's appointment as captain of our 2019-2020 team."

Gorman has been one of Yale's regulars since her first year, when she appeared in 27 games -- 21 starts. She scored a career-high 21 points at Stanford Dec. 28, 2016. She continued her development as a sophomore, making 31 starts as the Bulldogs set the school record for wins in a season (19) and became the first Ivy League women's basketball team to win a national postseason championship (the WBI).

This past season Gorman started all 29 games, finishing fifth in the Ivy League in rebounding (7.4 per game) and third on the team in assists (50). She earned the team's Karen Yarasavage Bulldog Award, given "to the team member who distinguishes herself by her grit, tenacity and perseverance."

This season included a memorable trip home for Gorman. Playing in her home state of Florida in December, she was named MVP of Florida Atlantic's Holiday Classic. She had 17 rebounds in the semifinals and 12 points in the championship as the Bulldogs beat North Carolina A&T to win the tournament. They then re-located to Gorman's hometown of Vero Beach, Fla., for the remainder of their trip and practiced at her high school (Vero Beach High).

Gorman called this past year's Harvard home game -- which the Bulldogs won 65-62 on a buzzer-beater by junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) that made ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10 Plays" for the day -- the most memorable of her career.

"Beating Harvard at home this past year was really special," said Gorman. "Winning a game against our biggest rival in heroic fashion was absolutely surreal -- I think every athlete dreams of being a part of a moment like that. We had so many people step up that game, and then Roxy in the final minute of the game was nothing short of spectacular."

Barahman, Gorman, guard/forward Aerial Chavarin (Oakland, Calif.), forward Bronwyn Davies (Wayland, Mass.) and center Jessica Lezon (North Reading, Mass.) are the seniors on Yale's roster next season. The Bulldogs return five players who made 20 or more starts this season, and next year's returnees accounted for 91 percent of the points the team scored this year. Numbers like that have the team aiming high.

"Looking ahead to next season, I know we have the talent and experience to have an incredible season," said Gorman. "Each season has a flavor of its own, and we as a team will come up with our goals at the beginning of next season, but chief among those is always to win an Ivy League Championship and continue playing in March in the NCAA tournament. I see captainship as doing whatever I can day-in and day-out to push the team to realize our potential, and subsequently these goals. For me, this means doing whatever I can to make sure each one of my teammates is at their best on and off the court."

An Academic All-Ivy League selection this past winter, Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale. She is spending the summer of 2019 interning as an analyst at Barclays Investment Bank in New York City. 

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity