Yale Visits Cornell Saturday Afternoon

Erin McMullan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erin McMullan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Trail Big Red by One Game in Ivy Standings

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A win on Senior Day at Reese Stadium last Saturday kept the Yale women's lacrosse team in the thick of the race for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. Now the Bulldogs head to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on one of the teams directly ahead of them in the standings -- Cornell -- Saturday afternoon. They trail the Big Red by one game for third place.

Yale (8-5, 2-3 Ivy League) got goals from seven different players Saturday -- including two each from senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) -- to beat Columbia 9-6. The win moved Yale into a tie for fifth in the Ivy standings, one game behind the two teams tied for third (Cornell and Harvard) with two games to play.

Yale is tied for fifth with Brown, which plays at Penn Saturday. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season make the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the winner of the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday marked the 11th time in 13 games this season that Yale has held its opponent to eight or fewer goals. The Yale defense is ranked No. 18 in the country, allowing 8.23 goals per game. The Bulldogs lead the Ivy League with 121 caused turnovers, 26 more than second-place Cornell (95). They also lead the league with 212 ground balls.

Two Bulldogs are ranked in the top four in the league in caused turnovers -- senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) (third, 19) and junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) (fourth, 18). Doherty was named Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after getting eight caused turnovers for the week -- including five vs. Stony Brook, tying the Yale single-game record.

Tarver, Yale's captain, is 11th nationally in ground balls per game (38 in 13 games, 2.92). She is within six ground balls of Yale's single-season record (44, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005). She is second on Yale's career ground balls list with 99, trailing only Jenn Warden '09 (136).

Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) is third in the Ivy League with 87 saves, and her 19 career wins place her seventh on Yale's all-time list. She has improved her goals-against average every year of her career, and has an 8.23 GAA this year. Her .448 save percentage this season is the best of her career.

The Bulldogs have excelled at the draw control this year, thanks primarily to the efforts of sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.). Daniggelis, who was named Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, has set the Ivy League record for draw controls in a season with 90 this year. She is fourth nationally in draw controls per game (the NCAA single-season draw control record belongs to Robert Morris midfielder Jessica Karwacki, who broke her own record this past Friday and is now at 169 draws for the season).

That advantage in draw controls has enabled Yale to outshoot its opponents 338-277, and outscore them 138-107. The Bulldogs have two of the Ivy League's top three point scorers. DeVito, who leads Yale in points and is second in the league (18-32-50), leads the Ivy League in assists and is fifth nationally in assists per game (2.46, 32 in 13 games). Daniggelis is third in the league in points and has quadrupled her assist total from a year ago (36-12-48).

Junior midfielder Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) is third on Yale in scoring (18-10-28) and leads the team in scoring in Ivy League games (10-5-15).

Cornell (6-6, 3-2 Ivy), which hosts No. 1 Syracuse Tuesday night, suffered through a four-game losing streak from Mar. 16 through Mar. 29 but has won two of its last three. That includes a pair of 11-10 Ivy League wins -- vs. Dartmouth in double overtime and at Brown in the first overtime. Those wins have helped the Big Red to a tie for third place in the league standings with Harvard, which plays at Columbia Saturday.

Cornell's top four scorers are attackers, led by Lindsay Toppe, who reached the 100-point mark for her career earlier this season. Toppe, an all-Northeast Region selection last season, is second in the Ivy League in goals and is fourth in points (37-10-47). She scored four goals in last year's 13-7 win for Cornell vs. Yale.

Attacker Emily Tripodi, who set the Cornell single-season assists record last year with 36, is third in the league in assists with 21 this year.

Midfielder Sarah Hefner is third in the league in draw controls with 52, making her one of only two players in the league within 40 of Daniggelis' league-leading total (Brown's Grace Healy is second with 66 draws).

Big Red goalie Renee Poullott has a .423 save percentage and a 9.54 goals-against average.

Saturday's game is part of a doubleheader at Schoellkopf Field, as the Cornell men's lacrosse team plays Brown at Noon.


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

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