Duo Helped Bulldogs Win Twice
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second time this season, the Yale women's lacrosse team has had a pair of players earn weekly awards from the Ivy League. Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Daniggelis and McMullan, who were both honored with weekly awards on Mar. 3 as well, helped Yale go 2-1 this past week. With two wins in three days this past weekend the Bulldogs improved to 7-3 overall, their best start since posting a 7-3 record to start the 2008 season.
Daniggelis led Yale with 16 points (11-5-16) and 21 draw controls in the three games. She has multiple-goal outings in four of the last five games and is now tied for the Ivy League lead with 29 goals. She is also second in the league with 39 points. She leads the Ancient Eight with 74 draw controls -- 29 more than the next-closest competitor and two shy of her own school single-season record. She is fourth in the nation in draw controls per game (7.4).
Daniggelis has started 20 straight games. She was a 2013 IWLCA All-Northeast Region, Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team and first team All-Ivy League selection. A member of Berkeley College at Yale, she attended Smithtown East High School.
This is the third Ivy League weekly honor this season for McMullan, who was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 24 and also was honored solo on Mar. 3. She held all three of Yale's opponents this week to seven or fewer goals, and she also limited them to a combined 5-for-12 performance on free position shots. She had a .500 save percentage and a 6.33 goals-against average. For the season she is second in the league in goals-against average (7.50) and third in saves (66) and save percentage (.468). Her goals-against average is 11th in the country.
McMullan, who has started 28 straight games, is seventh on Yale's career wins list (18) and ninth on Yale's career saves list (284).
A political science major in Ezra Stiles College, McMullan was an honorable mention All-American in 2010 at Shoreham-Wading River High School prior to coming to Yale.
Yale next plays at Princeton Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity