March 25, 2014

Bulldogs Seek Return to Winning Ways; Will Play Three Games in Five Days

Visit BU Wednesday, Host Cal Friday and Lehigh Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening the season with five wins, the Yale women's lacrosse team has dropped two straight. But the Bulldogs can make up ground in the win column quickly this week, as they play three games in five days. The stretch starts with a trip to Boston University Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., and also includes home games vs. Cal Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Lehigh Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Yale (5-2, 1-2 Ivy League) is 4-0 in non-league games but 1-2 in Ivy games after falling to No. 12 Penn and Harvard in the last two weekends. The Bulldogs had shot .425 and averaged 13 goals per game in the first five games but have shot .404 and averaged 8.5 goals per game in the last two games. After four straight games with 10 or more caused turnovers in each game, the Bulldogs have just nine CTs in the last two games combined.

The Bulldogs are ranked 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 8.0 goals per game. They are also 16th in the nation in draw controls (14.0 per game), thanks largely to the efforts of sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.). She is fourth in the country individually, averaging 7.57 draw controls per game. This past Saturday she became Yale's career leader in that category, as she now has 129 career draw controls (the previous record was 126, set by Jenn Warden '09).

Daniggelis also leads Yale in goals with 18, one more than junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.). Yale's leader in points is senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.), who is tied for the Ivy League lead in assists with 18 and has also scored eight goals. DeVito also has just five turnovers, the lowest total among Yale's top five scorers. She also has the fewest fouls (six) among the 10 players who have started all seven games. The Bulldogs' most accurate shooter is junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) (.556). She is the only Bulldog to have scored at least one goal in every game this season.

The Yale defense's 8.0 goals allowed per game is the team's best goals allowed per game average since 2001 (7.3). Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is second in the Ivy League in goals-against average (8.00), and her .456 save percentage this year is eight percentage points better than her previous best season save percentage (.448, 2012). Her GAA has improved every year of her career, and this year it is 3.26 goals per game better than last year.

Senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) leads Yale in ground balls with 19, placing her fourth in the Ivy League. Among Yale's defenders freshman Victoria Moore (Concord, Mass.) is second with nine ground balls, and her nine fouls are the lowest among the defenders who have started six or more games. Yale's leader in caused turnovers is sophomore defender Kate Walker (Baltimore, Md.), who has eight (tied for eighth in the league).

BU (3-5, 3-0 Patriot League) has won three of its last four and is coming off a 9-8 win at No. 14/19 Navy. After starting the season 0-4 -- including three straight games against nationally ranked teams in which the Terriers allowed 11 goals or more -- BU has won a pair of games by a one-goal margin and another by two goals. Attacker Mallory Collins, the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, leads the Terriers in goals and points (11-0-11) and is shooting .550. Goalie Caroline Meegan has a .415 save percentage and an 11.02 goals-against average. 

The Terriers edged Yale 16-13 last season at Reese Stadium. They jumped out to a 14-6 lead before the Bulldogs nearly pulled off the comeback, thanks in part to five goals each from Daniggelis and Devon Rhodes '13.

Cal (2-3, 1-2 MPSF) plays at LaSalle on Monday and at Lehigh on Wednesday as part of its East Coast visit. The Bulldogs beat the Golden Bears 10-7 last year at Reese Stadium, with Daniggelis scoring three goals and McMullan making eight saves. Midfielder Paige Gasparino -- one of five Golden Bears from the state of Connecticut -- leads Cal in scoring (13-5-18). Three different Cal players have at least 13 draw controls, led by 18 from midfielder Caroline Schlegel. Goalie Helen Hansen has a .356 save percentage and an 11.79 goals-against average.

Lehigh (4-5, 2-2 Patriot League) has dropped three of four heading into Wednesday's game vs. Cal. The sight of the Mountain Hawks will likely bring back some good memories for Daniggelis, as last year against Lehigh she set the Ivy League record for draw controls in a game with 15. As a team the Bulldogs got a school-record 21 draws in that game en route to a 16-8 win. Daniggelis also scored four goals, and sophomore attacker AnnaElise Morello (Glen Mills, Pa.) added three.

Attacker Carli Sukonik leads the Mountain Hawks in goals and points (20-2-22). Goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick is ninth in the country in save percentage (.513) and has an 8.38 goals-against average.

 

Wednesday at BU's Nickerson Field:

Friday and Sunday at Reese Stadium:

 

 

 

 

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

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