Succumbs to Tough Yale Offense 15-9 3/14/03
The women of the Vanderbilt Lacrosse team (1-1) buckled
under strong pressure this weekend as they traveled
to New Haven, Connecticut to take on the Bulldogs of
Yale University. Entering the contest off of a substantial
win against Hofstra University, the Commodores aimed
to dominate the Bulldogs offensively. The plan worked
… for the first 15 minutes of play.
Offensively, Vanderbilt could not be touched. Scoring
six goals in the first
ten minutes of action and winning practically every
draw control after each
goal would propel the Commodores to a five-goal lead
over the Bulldogs early in
the first period.
But Yale was not to be overshadowed. After a quick
timeout, the Bulldogs
rallied together as a team. Their mission was clear;
offense and win the ball. And shake they did. On a bitter
cold day in
Connecticut, Yale went from scoring just one goal in
15 minutes, to scoring six
in just over five. Yale midfielder, Katie Sargent had
a very impressive day.
She scored five goals for Yale, four of them unassisted.
Yale would dominate
the rest of the contest, scoring eleven goals in the
first half and four more
in the second.
Vanderbilt struggled to maintain possession of the
ball throughout the game.
This was clearly noticeable in the second period in
which the Commodores scored just one goal. But despite
multiple errors, Vanderbilt’s offensive statistics
were strong in numbers. Senior Jeanie Crawley had eight
shots and two goals while Junior Michelle Allen rocketed
seven shots and added three goals for VU.
It is clear that this year’s squad is skilled
individually. But uniting as a
team in these next weeks will be a crucial part of the
accomplishing the goals
that these women have set for themselves. In any sport,
recovery after a tough loss like this difficult, but
the Commodores will have to do it quickly as they take
on the University of New Hampshire on March 16.
Nevertheless, this team has played witness to difficult
times before, and they
are confident in their ability to work through them
with grace and dignity.
Mostly, these ladies aim to gain knowledge from their
difficult loss today.
They are certain that they will emerge on the other
side hungrier for the win
and with a better understanding and appreciation for
the game. Vanderbilt aims
to learn these lessons early in the season in order
grow stronger as a unit.
Vanderbilt’s next home game is March 25 against
ALC rival, Northwestern, in the
Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex.