Team Hosts Bryant Wednesday, Holy Cross Friday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Off to its best start in 13 years, the Yale women's lacrosse team hosts a pair of games at Reese Stadium this week. Bryant visits on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and local rival Quinnipiac comes in on Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Yale (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) is coming off a 12-5 win at Dartmouth, the Bulldogs' first win over the Big Green since 2008. The team is 3-0 for the first time since starting the 2001 season 8-0. A pair of Bulldogs, 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 Bulldogs win the Dartmouth game and one earlier in the week at Sacred Heart. Daniggelis was named Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week and McMullan earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.
Daniggelis leads Yale in goals with eight, and last Wednesday at Sacred Heart she had 14 draw controls -- one shy of her own Ivy League single-game record. She 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). She leads the Ivy League with 31 draw controls -- 15 more than the next closest competitor -- and is tied for fifth in league in goals.
Yale's leader in points is senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) (6-7-13, second in the Ivy League). DeVito is already almost halfway to her assist total from all of last season (a career-high 16). She is also the only Bulldog to have two or more points in every game so far.
McMullan has been the backbone of a Yale defense that currently ranks sixth in the country, allowing a mere 6.00 goals per game. She had a season-high eight saves and six ground balls in the win at Dartmouth, helping 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 (eight ground balls, tied for fifth) and senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) (seven ground balls, seventh) are both in the top 10 in the Ivy League in ground balls. With four caused turnovers, Tarver is one of three Bulldogs tied for seventh in the league in that category (along with junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Tess McEvoy (Bethesda, Md.)). Among players with seven or more shots, Magnuson is third in the league in shooting percentage (.714).
Last year in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant rallied from a 9-3 deficit against Yale and tied the game at three different points in the second half before a goal by junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) with 5:59 to play gave Yale a 14-13 win. Fleishhacker had five goals that day, and the Bulldogs also got hat tricks from Devon Rhodes '13 and sophomore midfielder Kelly Anne Sherlock (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.).
Bryant (3-1, 0-0 NEC), picked to finish first in the NEC in the preseason poll, has held three of its first four opponents to seven or fewer goals. The Bulldogs are led offensively by attacker Haley Bloom, who has a team-best 12 points (6-6-12). The team's top goal scorer is attacker Lauren Descalzo, who is shooting .529 and has nine goals. Two Bulldogs have cracked double-digits in draw controls: attacker Nicole Britton (14) and midfielder Lisa Vendel (12). Goalie Brianna Watt has a .432 save percentage and a 9.72 goals-against average. She was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 25.
Quinnipiac (0-2, 0-0 MAAC) lost to Yale 19-12 last season, with Rhodes scoring six goals and junior midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) adding five. The Bobcats have given up 33 goals in their first two games, losses at UConn and Albany. Midfielder Aileen Carey leads the team in points (3-1-4). Attacker Kyra Ochwat, a preseason All-MAAC pick, scored her 100th career point in the 16-2 loss at Albany. Goalkeeper Samantha Tilts has a .312 save percentage and a 16.50 goals-against average.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity