Yale, Columbia Head to Oceanside for Hurricane Sandy Benefit Game Saturday

Cathryn Avallone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cathryn Avallone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Special Fundraiser Takes Place at Oceanside High School

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team will take part in a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief when the Bulldogs take on Columbia in an Ivy League game this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Oceanside (N.Y.) High School.

Saturday's game is part of the "Lax Loves LI" fundraiser event, and organizers hope to raise $75,000 to benefit Oceanside Community Service (OCS). To date, OCS has raised and distributed more than $100,000 to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Island Harvest will also participate in the event.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012. It resulted in more than 130 deaths on the U.S. mainland and 305,000 housing units damaged or destroyed in New York, according to the New York Times. Its estimated cost in New York and New Jersey is $71 billion. Saturday's event will benefit those in the hard-hit south shore Long Island towns of Oceanside, Island Park, Long Beach and other surrounding areas.

There are 13 players from New York on Yale's roster, including senior defender Adrianna Amendola (Manorville, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.), junior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.), junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.), freshman defender Courtney Reilly (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Kelly Anne Sherlock (Huntington, N.Y.), junior defender Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Tori Virtue (Rye, N.Y.).

Yale (6-5, 0-4 Ivy League) is coming off a 14-9 loss to Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 7-6 in the final 30:04, but could not overcome an early 8-2 deficit. Daniggelis and Rhodes each scored four goals, and Daniggelis added five draw controls. She extended her school single season record in that category to 51 and continues to lead the Ivy League.

Rhodes (27, tied for fourth) and Daniggelis (26, tied for sixth) are both among the league leaders in goals, and sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) is tied for fifth in the league with 25 ground balls. Rhodes (13, tied for third) and DeVito (12, 6th) are both among the league's top 10 in assists, and Rhodes (40, tied for third) and Daniggelis (29, ninth) are in the top 10 for points.

McMullan, who made nine saves against Princeton, has a .401 save percentage and a 10.73 goals-against average.

Tickets for Saturday's game will be available at the site, with a suggested minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. The day also includes an NCAA Division II game featuring Molloy and Southern New Hampshire at 11:00 a.m., with entertainment in between games. There will also be a barbecue, a lacrosse scrimmage and clinics for elementary school-aged girls, music by popular Long Island bands the Mystic and Permission to Launch, a U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and giveaways for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

OCS was organized in 1949 to act as a coordinating agency and clearinghouse for the needy of Oceanside. In addition to relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the organization's volunteers also assist other families in need of clothing, food or fuel; visit the aged and homebound to determine their needs; supply food to local pantries; secure medical equipment and assistance for those in need of medical treatment; direct families and individuals to proper agencies for legal and family counseling; sponsor holiday programs; act as liaisons to many county agencies; and publish a yearly Community Organization Directory.

Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. Its volunteers and staff "rescue," or collect, good surplus food from more than 800 local restaurants, caterers, farms and other food-related businesses and distribute it to a network of close to 570 soup kitchens, food pantries and other places where those in need can access it. Island Harvest also conducts educational programs to increase hunger awareness and inform the public how they can get involved in the organization's mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.

Lax Loves LI Articles:

With 124 goals for the season, Yale needs just 13 to match the team's total from a year ago. The Bulldogs are on pace to top the 150-goal mark for the first time since scoring 170 in 2008. Their.797 performance on clears would also be their best since 2008 (.808).

Yale beat Columbia 13-9 last year at Reese Stadium. Caroline Crow '12 had five goals and two assists, shooting .714. Seven different Bulldogs scored goals, five Bulldogs had assists and Whitney Quackenbush '12 made seven saves.

Columbia (2-9, 0-5 Ivy League), has two close losses in league play this year -- an 11-10 loss to Brown in double overtime and an 8-7 loss to Dartmouth. The Lions also were within two goals of Penn with less than 20 minutes to play last Saturday, but a 5-2 run by the Quakers put that game out of reach and kept Columbia winless in the league. The Lions have been eliminated from contention for the Ivy League Tournament, which features the top four teams in the final regular season standings vying for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Columbia leads the Ivy League with 105 ground balls in league games, but the Lions also have a league-high 67 turnovers in those games. Midfielder Paige Cuscovitch, an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year, leads the league in caused turnovers with 32 and is tied for the league lead in ground balls with 33. Attacker Kacie Johnson, a first team All-Ivy honoree last year when she set the school single season records for assists and points, leads the league in goals and points (38-10-48). She also has 21 more shots than any other player in the league and is shooting .447. Johnson had four goals and two assists against the Bulldogs last year.

Three Lions have at least 20 draw controls: midfielder Kelly Buechel (25), defender Ashley Rinere (22) and Cuscovitch (20). Buechel had five draw controls in the Lions' win over Yale in 2011.

Skylar Dabbar (.330 save percentage, 11.71 goals-against average) and Colleen Packer (.384, 11.85) have both seen time in goal for Columbia. Packer, a freshman, has started the last five games.



Yale vs. Columbia at Oceanside High School, Saturday, 3:00 p.m.:

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

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