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Bulldogs Coming off 2-0 Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts its annual Alumnae Day on Saturday, and the Bulldogs will square off against one of their oldest rivals as part of the festivities. No. 18 Princeton comes to Reese Stadium, where the Bulldogs have won four of their last five games dating back to last season. The game is at Noon and is part of a doubleheader that also includes the Yale men's lacrosse team hosting Dartmouth at 2:30 p.m.
Yale (6-4, 0-3 Ivy League) is coming off a 2-0 weekend, having beaten Cal 10-7 at Reese last Friday before winning 16-8 at Lehigh Sunday. Freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) earned Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week after setting the league record for draw controls in a game with 15 on Sunday. She also helped Yale set the school record for draw controls in that game, as the Bulldogs finished with 21.
With 46 draw controls for the season, Daniggelis has -- in just eight games -- already broken the school single season record in that category. The previous mark was 44, set by All-American Miles Whitman '04 in 2004. Daniggelis is sixth in the country in draw controls per game (5.75). She is second on the team in goals and points (22-2-24). Among players with 20 or more shots, her .512 shooting percentage trails only the .542 mark of sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.).
Daniggelis has been a key part of a Yale attack that is on pace for 173 goals, which would be the most since the 2007 team scored 195. The school record is 204 by the 1999 team. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) is tied for third in the Ivy League in goals (23, four away from her career high) and assists (13, a career high). She is fourth in the league in points (36, a career high). Rhodes has cracked Yale's top 20 in both career goals (87, 14th) and career points (118, 16th).
Sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) has more than doubled her point total from a year ago (12-5-17 this year, 6-2-8 last year). With 12 ground balls and 11 draw controls, she is one of only three Bulldogs to have reached double figures in both of those categories. The others are sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) (24 ground balls, 22 draw controls) and junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) (16 ground balls, 13 draw controls). Doherty leads the Bulldogs in caused turnovers with nine.
Junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) leads the Ivy League in saves with 70. She has a .402 save percentage and a 10.40 goals-against average. McMullan stopped 50 percent of the shots she faced last weekend, posting a 7.50 goals-against average in the two wins.
McMullan and the Yale defense face a challenge in trying to contain a Princeton offense that currently leads the Ivy League with an average of 16 goals per league game. Princeton (6-3, 3-0 Ivy League) has won three games in a row, including two against teams that were in the top 15 (Cornell and Johns Hopkins).
Attacker Erin McMunn, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season, leads the Tigers in scoring and leads the league in assists (23-17-40). McMunn, a member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team, had one goal, two assists, three caused turnovers and three ground balls in Princeton's 12-4 win over the Bulldogs last year. Midfielder Sarah Lloyd leads the Tigers in draw controls with 27, adding 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists. Attacker Alexandra Bruno has 18 goals on 32 shots, a .562 shooting percentage.
Caroline Franke (.455 save percentage, 9.33 goals-against average) and Annie Woehling (.326, 9.64) have both seen time in goal for Princeton. Franke has started the last five games after coming on in relief in the 18-11 win vs. Brown Mar. 9. Defender Caroline Rehfuss leads the team with 13 caused turnovers, one more than defender Liz Bannantine. Rehfuss was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year.
Attacker Blake Dietrick also plays basketball for the Tigers, so she missed the start of lacrosse season while helping Princeton win the Ivy League women's basketball championship and make an NCAA Tournament appearance. Attacker Sam Ellis, whose brother Jordan Ellis '07 was on the men's lacrosse team at Yale, was just named to the Israeli team for the upcoming World Cup along with Yale alums Jenna Block '10 and Sara Greenberg '09.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity