Bulldogs Coming off Season-Opening Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team ended its season opener Saturday at Reese Stadium on a high note, outscoring Holy Cross 7-1 in the second half for a 10-8 win. The Bulldogs look to continue that momentum into two road games this week, making the short trip down I-95 to play at Sacred Heart Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) and then heading up to Dartmouth for the Ivy League opener Saturday (Noon).
Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) got goals from seven different players Saturday, including three goals from junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.). Magnuson went 3-for-3 on free position attempts, helping Yale shoot .417 for the day (10 goals on 24 shots). The Bulldogs got seven goals from their midfielders -- three from Magnuson, two from junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) and one each from senior Julie Mongan (Malvern, Pa.) and sophomore Kelly Anne Sherlock (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.). Freshman attacker Tess McEvoy (Bethesda, Md.) contributed her first career goal, and senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist. Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) also scored.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a 205-159 advantage in draw controls last season, and that trend continued in the 2014 opener. Yale won 14 of 20 draws Saturday, led by eight from Daniggelis. She is coming off a 2013 season that saw her set the Yale record with 76 draws, finishing six shy of the Ivy League record.
Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan held Holy Cross to just one goal in the final 30:43 Saturday, finishing with seven saves on 15 shots (.467). She also was a key part of getting Yale's clears started in the second half, when the Bulldogs went 9-for-9 on clear attempts. The Bulldogs caused eight turnovers, including a pair of CTs for senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.). Tarver, Yale's captain, also led the team in ground balls Saturday with three.
Sacred Heart (0-1, 0-0 NEC) opened its season with a 19-6 loss to another Ivy League team, Brown. The Bears outscored the Pioneers 13-1 in the first half, and grew the lead to 15-1 before Sacred Heart scored five of the final nine goals of the game. Brown enjoyed a 25-10 advantage in shots and won 18 of 27 draw controls. Midfielder Jenna Liljeberg led the Pioneers with a pair of goals, and goalie Kelly Keenan made three saves.
Coming off a 6-9 2013 season that included a 15-9 loss to Yale, Sacred Heart was picked to finish third in the NEC preseason coaches' poll. Midfielder Shelby Vaccaro led the team in goals, assists and points last year (36-21-57), including three goals and two assists against the Bulldogs. Pioneers head coach Laura Cook, in her 15th season, is a three-time NEC Coach of the Year honoree.
Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League), which hosts UConn on Wednesday, opened its season with a 15-7 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. The Big Green got a goal 13 seconds into the game -- the fastest goal to start a season in team history -- from attacker Liz Calby, who finished with four goals and an assist to get to 100 points for her career. Dartmouth won 19 of 25 draw controls, including six by attacker Sarah Byrne. Goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello stopped five of 12 shots.
Calby and Giovanniello were both honorable mention All-Ivy League selections last year. The Big Green is coming off a 2013 season that saw Dartmouth advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. That was the 13th time in Amy Patton's 22 seasons as head coach that the Big Green has made it to the NCAAs. Dartmouth topped Yale 10-6 last year, jumping out to a 10-3 lead before a late comeback by the Bulldogs fell short.
Yale Women's Lacrosse Information:
Yale at Sacred Heart, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.:
Yale at Dartmouth, Saturday, Noon:
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity