March 27, 2013

Weekend includes Home Game vs. Cal Friday, Road Game at Lehigh Sunday

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Bulldogs 4-1 in Non-League Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team looks to continue its run of success in non-league games this weekend as the Bulldogs host Cal on Friday (1:00 p.m.) and visit Lehigh on Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Yale is 4-1 in non-league games.

The game this Friday vs. Cal marks the first home game in 17 days for Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy League). The Bulldogs' last game at Reese Stadium was a 15-9 win over Sacred Heart; they have since dropped road games at Penn and Harvard.

Just past the halfway point of the season, the Bulldogs are on pace to score 167 goals. That would be the most they have scored in a season since 2008, when they scored 170. The Bulldogs are also on pace for 197 draw controls, which would be the most the team has had since that statistic started being recorded (2004, when Yale had 195 draws to set the current record).

Several individuals are in the process of establishing career highs as well. Sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) has already surpassed her totals from a year ago in goals, assists and points (9-4-13 vs. 6-2-8) along with getting a career-high 10 draw controls. She leads the team in shooting percentage (.529). Junior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) (11-11-22) has career highs in assists and points and is one away from her career high in goals. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) (nine) and sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) (six) have each established career highs in assists. Junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) has tied her career high with 12 draw controls.

Bulldogs also dot the Ivy League leader board. Rhodes' 19 goals place her sixth in the league and her 28 points place her fourth, while DeVito is third in the league in assists. Sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) is tied for third in the league with 20 ground balls, and she also has 16 draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is second in the Ivy League in saves with 55. She has a .382 save percentage.

Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy League) has also gotten major contributions from freshmen. Twenty-four of the team's 89 goals (27 percent) have come from freshmen, including 15 for midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.). Daniggelis leads the team (and is fourth in the Ivy League) with 25 draw controls despite missing two games due to injury.

Cal (4-3, 3-0 MPSF), which plays at Fairfield Wednesday, has won four of its last five games. The Golden Bears last came to the state of Connecticut three years ago, when they beat Quinnipiac 11-9 but lost to Fairfield 18-14. Their last games vs. Ivy League teams were in 2008, when they lost to Penn 12-7 and Columbia 11-7.

Cal's offense has been on a roll, as the Golden Bears have scored 16 or more goals in four of their last five games. For the season they have outscored their opponents 90-69, including a 46-29 edge in the first half.

Attacker Megan Takacs, the MPSF Player of the Year and an all-region pick last season, leads the team in goals and points (20-2-22) along with draw controls (32, including 11 in one game). She is fourth on Cal's career goals list with 116. Attacker Melissa Humphrey is second in points (8-13-21), and ranks third on Cal's career assists list with 58. Goalie Megan McGinnis is fifth in the county with a .508 save percentage; she has a 9.59 goals-against average.

Lehigh (3-6, 1-2 Patriot League), which plays at Lafayette Friday, just snapped a five-game losing streak with a 14-8 win over Bucknell last Saturday. The Mountain Hawks have not faced an Ivy League opponent since 2009, when they beat Columbia 15-13.

Attacker Carli Sukonik (20-2-22) and midfielder Julie McBrien (20-1-21), both second team All-Patriot League selections last season, have combined to score nearly 30 percent of Lehigh's goals this year (20 of 68). McBrien is the team's most accurate shooter (.513 shooting percentage) and also has a team-best 18 draw controls. Defender Kelly Scott leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Alex Fitzpatrick has a .442 save percentage and an 11.76 goals-against average.

Yale vs. Cal, Friday, 1:00 p.m.:

 

Yale at Lehigh, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.:

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

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