Duo Helped Bulldogs Win Twice; Yale Off to Best Start Since 2001
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) and senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) were both honored by the Ivy League on Monday for their roles in helping the Yale women's lacrosse win a pair of games last week. Daniggelis was named Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week and McMullan earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.
Thanks in part to Daniggelis and McMullan, the Bulldogs went 2-0 last week and are now 3-0 for the first time since 2001 (when the team started 8-0). This past week Yale won 16-5 at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, then followed up with a 12-5 win at Dartmouth -- Yale's first win vs. the Big Green since 2008.
Daniggelis led the team with eight points (6-2-8) and 14 draw controls -- one shy of her own Ivy League single-game record -- in the win at Sacred Heart Wednesday. She added two points (1-1-2) and a team-best nine draw controls Saturday at Dartmouth. She also had a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover against the Big Green.
Daniggelis is averaging 10.33 draw controls per game, third-best in the nation. She leads Yale in goals for the season and is tied for second in points (8-3-11) and leads the Ivy League with 31 draw controls, 15 more than the next closest competitor. She is tied for fifth in league in goals.
Daniggelis, who was the last Yale player to win Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week (Apr. 1, 2013) prior to Monday, earned multiple honors last year. She was IWLCA All-Northeast Region, Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team and first team All-Ivy League. A member of Berkeley College at Yale, she attended Smithtown East High School.
This is the second straight Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honor for McMullan, who had a season-high eight saves and six ground balls in the win at Dartmouth. She helped the Yale defense hold the Big Green offense -- which had scored 29 goals in its first two games -- to its lowest goal total since a 13-5 loss to then-No. 6 Duke Mar. 17, 2013.
McMullan also had four saves in the win at Holy Cross Wednesday. She limited Yale's two opponents this week to a 4-for-10 performance on free position shots. For the season she is second in the league in save percentage (.514) and goals-against average (6.00).
McMullan, a political science major in Ezra Stiles College, extended her streak of consecutive starts to 21 on Saturday. She is currently ninth on Yale's all-time list for career goals-against average at 11.07.
Prior to Yale, McMullan attended Shoreham-Wading River, where she was an honorable mention All-American in 2010.
Yale hosts Bryant Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity