Bulldogs Seek to Improve to 8-4
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team takes on the top defense in the nation Wednesday afternoon as No. 15 Stony Brook comes to Reese Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. game. The Bulldogs will look to register their first win vs. a ranked team this season. They are 5-2 at home, the team's best home record since going 7-2 in 2008 (when the team's home was Johnson Field, not Reese Stadium).
While Stony Brook leads the nation in scoring defense (4.58 goals allowed per game), Yale (7-4, 1-3 Ivy League) has been posting some impressive defensive numbers as well. Allowing just 8.18 goals per game, the Bulldogs are tied for 15th in the nation and are second in the Ivy League in that category. Senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) leads the league in ground balls with 32, and she is 17th in the nation in ground balls per game (2.91). She is 12 ground balls away from tying the school single-season record of 44, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005. Tarver has been on a roll of late, with 17 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in her last five games.
In addition to Tarver, three other Yale defenders have at least 10 ground balls -- freshman Victoria Moore (Concord, Mass.) (13), freshman Emily Markham (Manhasset, N.Y.) (12) and sophomore Flannery Carney (Baltimore, Md.) (11). Tarver is third in the Ivy League in caused turnovers, and the Bulldogs as a team have an Ivy-best 103 CTs for the year. They are on pace for more than 140 caused turnovers, which would be the third-best total in Yale history.
Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) has been posting impressive numbers as well. She is second in the league in goals-against average (8.18). Her .455 save percentage this season is seven percentage points better than her previous best season save percentage (.448, 2012). McMullan, who has started 29 straight games, has improved her GAA every year of her career, and this year it is 3.08 goals per game better than last year.
Yale has been able to control possession thanks to a 145-87 advantage on draw controls, where sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) continues to re-write the record book. She has 82 draw controls this year, breaking her own school single-season record (76, set last year) and tying the Ivy League record (set by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb in 2012). She is already Yale's career leader in draw controls (158, 32 more than the previous record holder -- Jenn Warden '09). Daniggelis is averaging 7.45 draw controls per game this year, the third-best figure in the country.
Daniggelis also leads Yale in goals with 29. Yale's leader in points is senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) (16-26-42), who is ninth nationally in assists per game and is second in the Ivy League in points. She also has the fewest fouls (eight) among the seven field players who have started all 11 games for Yale.
The Bulldogs' most accurate shooter, among those with 20 or more shots, is junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) (.500). She and junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) are the only players on Yale's roster who have reached double digits in caused turnovers, ground balls and points. Junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) is third on the team in points (17-9-26).
Stony Brook (10-2, 2-0 America East) has outscored its opponents 97-22 in the first half this season, establishing its dominance early in each game. The Seawolves' two losses this season have both been to nationally ranked opponents, including an 8-7 loss at then-No. 15 Notre Dame Feb. 22 and a 14-1 loss to then-No. 5 Florida Mar. 1. Stony Brook has won seven straight since then, holding each of those opponents to six or fewer goals while scoring 12 or more goals in each game.
Seawolves goalkeeper Frankie Caridi leads the nation in save percentage (.597) and goals-against average (4.34). Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke, one of 14 freshmen on Stony Brook's roster, leads the team in goals and points (39-10-49). Seven Seawolves have reached double digits in caused turnovers, led by 20 from midfielder Michelle Rubino. Stony Brook has limited its opponents to a .721 clear percentage.
Stony Brook is in its third season under Joe Spallina, the 2013 Synapse Division I Coach of the Year. One of the Seawolves' assistant coaches is Jill Byers, who was an assistant at Yale from 2010 to 2012.
Wednesday at Reese Stadium, 4:00 p.m.:
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity