Bulldogs Seek Winning Record
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2013 season comes to a close for the Yale women's lacrosse team Saturday as the Bulldogs pay a visit to Brown. A win over the Bears would give Yale a winning overall record for the season, and multiple other milestones are within reach as well.
Yale (7-7, 1-5 Ivy League) fell to BU 16-15 on Wednesday, rallying from an 11-3 deficit but coming up just short of victory. Freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) and senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) scored five goals each.
With 159 goals for the season, Yale has its best total since 2008 (170). That is the 14th-best total in school history, and 11 goals on Saturday would move the Bulldogs into the top 10.
The team's .434 shooting percentage is on pace to be the team's best since 2002 (.467). Sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) leads Yale in shooting percentage (.516). Rhodes is second at .500, a 144-percentage point improvement over her shooting percentage from a year ago.
Daniggelis (12 games) and Rhodes (six games) both extended their point-scoring streaks on Wednesday. Those two are tied for the team lead in goals with 36 (third-best in the Ivy League). Daniggelis' 36 goals are the most by a Yale freshman since Lauren Taylor '08 scored 47 in 2005.
The last time Yale had two players with at least 30 goals was 2007 (Taylor 65, Jenn Warden '09 32). If Daniggelis and Rhodes can score at least four goals each on Saturday, they would become the first Bulldog duo with 40 goals apiece since Taylor (47) and Katherine Sargent '05 (43) accomplished that feat in 2005.
Rhodes, Yale's captain, has career highs in goals, assists and points (36-15-51). With one game left, she is 12th on Yale's career leader list with 133 points, tied for 13th on Yale's career leader list with 100 goals and 15th on Yale's career leader list with 33 assists.
With 195 draw controls, Yale has tied the school record in that category (set in 2004). Daniggelis has at least two draws in every game she has played, and has 46 in the last six games. She has already set the Yale individual single-season record in that category (73) and is nine away from the Ivy League single-season record (82 by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb last season).
With 13 ground balls for the year, Daniggelis is one of five Bulldogs to have achieved double digits in both draw controls and ground balls. The others are Avallone (10 draw controls, 16 ground balls), sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (32 draw controls, 32 ground balls), sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) (14 draw controls, 15 ground balls) and junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) (16 draw controls, 24 ground balls). Doherty now has had at least 30 draw controls and 30 ground balls in each of her first two seasons. The last Yale player with a 30-30 season prior to that was Warden in 2008 (37 draw controls, 36 ground balls).
Junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is third in the Ivy League in saves with 92. She has a .376 save percentage and an 11.50 goals-against average. Sophomore Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.) saw her first career minutes Wednesday vs. BU, stopping four of the 10 shots she faced.
Yale beat Brown 9-6 last year, overcoming a 5-2 deficit early in the second half by outscoring Brown 7-1 in the game's final 20:13 -- including a 4-for-4 performance on free position shots. McMullan made 12 saves, and Caroline Crow '12 had five goals. The Bulldogs limited Brown to 10 shots and a 6-for-10 performance on clears in the second half.
Brown (9-5, 2-4 Ivy League) is seeking its first 10-win season since 1997. The Bears are coming off a heart-breaking 10-7 overtime loss to Penn, the 2013 Ivy League champions. They held a 7-6 lead until a turnover enabled Penn to tie the game with 30 seconds left in regulation. The Quakers outscored Brown 3-0 in overtime to win the game and clinch the Ivy title.
Attacker Bre Hudgins leads Brown in goals, assists and points (34-11-45). She is second on the team in draw controls with 47, trailing only attacker Grace Healy (61). Midfielder Abby Bunting is second in goals with 31 and is shooting .574. The Bears have been particularly effective in the first halves of games, outscoring their opponents 86-58.
Brown's ride has limited its opponents to a .695 performance on clears. Midfielder Erin Roos, a second team All-Ivy pick last year, leads the team with 24 caused turnovers and is tied for the team lead in ground balls (24, tied with Bunting). Goalkeeper Kelly Roddy has a .410 save percentage and an 8.32 goals-against average.
Brown midfielder Maeve Flaherty's cousin, Colin Flaherty, plays men's lacrosse for Yale.
Yale at Brown, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.:
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity