National All-Rookie Team Honors for Daniggelis

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

Freshman Honored by Synapse Sports

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) of the Yale women's lacrosse team has been named to the national All-Rookie Team by Synapse Sports. Synapse Sports announced the team on Tuesday, with 16 players selected. Daniggelis was one of only two Ivy Leaguers to make the list.

Daniggelis has been honored multiple times for her record-breaking season. She was one of only three freshmen to earn All-Northeast Region honors from the IWLCA this year. She was also 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, fifth 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 (, Yale Sports Publicity