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Bulldogs Seek to Keep Ivy Tournament Hopes Alive
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts Senior Day on Saturday, as No. 20 Cornell visits Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs will honor their two seniors, defender Adrianna Amendola (Manorville, N.Y.) and attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.). With wins in their two upcoming league games the Bulldogs could qualify for the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Yale (7-5, 1-4 Ivy League) kept its hopes of making the Ivy Tournament alive last Saturday with a 13-12 win over Columbia at Oceanside (N.Y.) High School as part of a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. The Bulldogs got four goals each from Rhodes and freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.), who both reached the 30-goal mark for the season. The last time Yale had two players with at least 30 goals was 2007 (Lauren Taylor '08 65, Jenn Warden '09 32).
Daniggelis also had 12 draw controls in that game, extending her school single-season record in that category to 63. She was fifth in the country in draw controls per game entering this week (6.3) and is 19 away from the Ivy League single-season record (82 by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb last season).
Rhodes, Yale's captain, has career highs in goals, assists and points (30-13-43) this year, and is tied for third in the Ivy League in assists and tied for fourth in points. She is 14th on Yale's career leader list with 94 goals, 15th on Yale's career leader list with 125 points and tied for 17th on Yale's career leader list with 31 assists.
With 137 goals for the season, Yale has already tied its output from all of last season. The Bulldogs are on pace for 171 goals, which would be their most since 2007 (195). They also have an .808 clear percentage, which would be their best for a season since 2008.
Junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is third in the league in saves with 85. She has a .395 save percentage and a 10.83 goals-against average. McMullan made a career-high 19 saves in Yale's 17-9 loss at Cornell last season.
Cornell (7-5, 3-3 Ivy League) could clinch one of those four spots in the Ivy playoffs with a win Saturday. The Big Red would move to 4-3 in the league with a win, and holds a tiebreaker advantage over Brown (currently 2-3 in the league). Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton have already clinched spots.
A balanced attack has helped Cornell average nearly 12 goals per game, second-most in the league. Eight different players have at least 10 points. Cornell also had at least one player get a hat trick in 33 straight games, a streak that ended Tuesday in a 16-4 loss to No. 5 Syracuse. Attacker Caroline Salisbury, a second team All-Ivy League selection last year, had 17 hat tricks during that span.
Big Red attacker Lindsay Toppe is second in the league in goals with 33 and is shooting .532. Attacker Emily Tripodi is second in assists with 20. Toppe and Tripodi both had five assists in the Big Red's 17-12 win over Harvard earlier this year.
Daniggelis could face some stiff competition on the draw Saturday; midfielder Sarah Hefner set the Cornell record with 10 draw controls in a game earlier this year vs. Albany. With 33 draws for the season, Hefner is one of three Cornell players with at least 25 draw controls (Salisbury has 28 and midfielder Kelly Lang has 25).
Cornell defender Kate Ivory, a first team All-Ivy selection two years ago, is second in the league in caused turnovers (26) and ground balls (37) this year. Two players have started in goal for the Big Red. Carly Gniewek has started the last two games, making 14 saves in the loss to Syracuse. She has a .500 save percentage and an 8.67 goals-against average. Courtney Gallagher started the first 10 games, posting a .374 save percentage and an 11.08 goals-against average.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity