Adrienne Tarver, Yale lacrosse defender
Adrienne Tarver, Yale lacrosse defender (Sam Rubin, Yale Athletics)

One of the women's lacrosse teams turning heads this season is Yale, especially after the Bulldogs defeated Ivy League rival Dartmouth, 12-5, last Saturday.

At 4-0, the Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2001 after Wednesday night's 12-8 win over Bryant.


With three Baltimore natives in the starting lineup, their defense is one of the stingiest in Division I, allowing 6.5 goals per game.

Senior Adrienne Tarver, a Park graduate, leads a young field unit that includes sophomores Flannery Carney (Maryvale) and Kate Walker (Bryn Mawr) and freshman Emily Markham (Manhasset, N.Y.).

"They're all skilled with their sticks and they play great one-v-one defense," Yale coach Anne Phillips said. "[Wednesday] Kate, Flannery and Emily had three caused turnovers each and Adrienne had three ground balls, so they're taking the ball away and getting loose balls which is limiting offensive opportunities for our opponents. Add those up and that's 12 possessions our opponent didn't get and it's a game of possession."

Against Bryant, they did not allow a goal in the final 14:20, as the Bulldogs rallied with four straight goals to seal the win.

Tarver, a third-year starter elected captain by her teammates, provides the leadership for the young unit, though Phillips said they don't play like youngsters. Tarver leads the team in ground balls with 10 and has four caused turnovers.

"Adrienne has the ability to make that big play and that inspires confidence in others," Phillips said. "She's played in almost every game of her career here, so she's seen it all and being very experienced, I think that also helps support some of the younger ones. She's always a positive force in the back."

The Bulldogs also have a couple of other locals among their back-up defenders, Kallie Parchman (Roland Park) and Jayne Flynn (Towson).

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