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Meghan played in 16 games this season, scoring five points.

Mady Gobrecht grew up on the West Coast as her mom spent time coaching at the University of Washington, Cal State Fullerton and Southern Cal. The family didn’t come to New Haven until she was a junior in high school.

“It might have been different had I grown up here, but I always found myself comparing other schools to Yale,” Mady said. “It’s a great education.”

Her mom wouldn’t have minded if she had gone to another school as long as it wasn’t in the Ivy League.

“I’m not so sure I would have wanted to be writing checks to a school that we would have to play,” she said smiling. “I’m just really happy it all worked out.”

Even with Yale’s success this season, it hasn’t always been easy for the Gobrechts. The Bulldogs were 20-35 in Mady’s first two years.

But Yale slowly started to turn things around. This season has been a series of firsts. The Bulldogs shocked then-No. 15 Florida State in December. Yale then went on to sweep rival Harvard for the first time in 17 years.

“There were definitely some highs and lows during the four years,” said Chris Gobrecht of coaching her daughter. “You need to have the right kid, but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Bob Gobrecht said he never had to play peacemaker between his wife and daughter.

“I’m never put in the middle of it,” he said. “Whenever they have arguments they end up getting their nails done and all’s usually good afterwards.”

Mady Gobrecht has started in 110 of the 113 games during her Yale career. The senior was a bit nervous when she was first starting as a freshman.

“I wanted to make sure that I played harder in practice and games to show everyone that I earned my starting spot and that it wasn’t just because I was the coach’s daughter.”

Mady will finish her career among the school’s career leaders in points and assists yet her mother has purposely not promoted her daughter for any weekly Ivy awards.

“I never wanted it to look like I was showing favoritism for her,” Chris Gobrecht said.

At least she didn’t have to worry about captaincy. Yale has a tradition of only having a single captain on each team which is decided by the players. The Bulldogs went with fellow senior Yoyo Greenfield.

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