Daniggelis Named All-Northeast Region

Nicole Daniggelis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicole Daniggelis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Freshman Makes Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) has been named All-Northeast Region by the IWLCA. The IWLCA announced the all-region teams on Tuesday, with 16 student-athletes earning first-team honors and 16 earning second-team honors in each of the four regions.

Daniggelis is one of only three freshmen to earn All-Northeast honors this year. She is also the first Bulldog to be named All-Region since Jenn Warden '09 and Whitney Quackenbush '12 were honored as second-team selections in 2009.

This is the latest honor for Daniggelis after her record-breaking season. She was the only freshman to make first team All-Ivy League this year, and the first Yale freshman to earn first team All-Ivy honors since Lauren Taylor '08 in 2005.

Daniggelis missed the first two games of the season due to injury but quickly made up for lost time. Her team-leading 39 goals, fourth in the Ivy League, were the most by a Yale freshman since Taylor scored 47 in 2005. She was second on the team in points with 42, trailing only senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.). Daniggelis and Rhodes formed a formidable duo. The last time Yale had two players with at least 30 goals was 2007 (Taylor 65, Warden 32). Daniggelis (13 games) and Rhodes (seven games) both ended the season with point-scoring streaks intact.

Daniggelis was also a major reason why Yale set the school record for draw controls this year (205). She set the Yale individual single-season record in that category (76, six shy of the Ivy League record) and currently ranks sixth in the country in draw controls per game. Her 15 draw controls in the win at Lehigh broke the Ivy League single-game record. She had at least two draws in every game, and a league-best 36 in Ivy games -- including 12 in the win vs. Columbia.

A member of Berkeley College at Yale, Daniggelis graduated from Smithtown East and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team.

Yale finished the 2013 season with its best win total in five years and improved its win total over the previous season for the second straight year. The Bulldogs scored 32 more goals than they scored in 2012, a remarkable 23 percent increase.

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