Bulldogs Looks to End on Winning Note
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team has a chance to end the season with its most wins since 2008 as the Bulldogs host Brown Friday night looking for their ninth victory. A win would also give Yale its most Ivy League wins since 2010.
Yale (8-6, 2-4 Ivy League) has already hosted Senior Day ceremonies (at the 9-6 win vs. Columbia Apr. 12), but Friday will nonetheless be the final game for nine Bulldog seniors: attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.), midfielder Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.), goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.), midfielder Julie Mongan (Malvern, Pa.), attacker Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.), defender Kallie Parchman (Baltimore, Md.), midfielder Courteney Rutter (Summit, N.J.), defender Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.) and defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.), the team's captain.
With a win Friday night, that group will leave with three straight seasons with a better winning percentage than the season before. Yale finished 8-7 last year, and was 5-10 in 2012 and 3-12 in 2011.
The 2014 season will go down as one marked by near misses for the Bulldogs. Yale's 8-7 loss at Cornell Saturday eliminated the team from contention for one of the four spots in the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. That was the third time this season the Bulldogs lost a league game by three or fewer goals. Overall, five of Yale's six losses have been by three or fewer goals.
In addition to adding to their win total, the Bulldogs have a chance to improve some other impressive numbers on Friday. The team's goals-against average (8.21) currently ranks fifth in Yale history, and has Yale ranked 16th in the country in scoring defense entering the week. The Bulldogs have an Ivy-best 131 caused turnovers and 228 ground balls for the year. That CT total ranks fifth all-time at Yale. Yale has held its opponents to eight or fewer goals in 12 of 14 games this season.
Tarver is third in the Ivy League with 39 ground balls (five away from the school record, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005), and junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) is tied for sixth with 28 ground balls. Doherty is tied for third in the league with 23 caused turnovers -- including 15 in the last four games. Twice in that span, she has tied the Yale record by causing five turnovers in a game. Doherty is also one of only six players in the league with double-digit totals in goals, caused turnovers, ground balls and draw controls.
McMullan is third in the Ivy League with 97 saves, and her 8.21 goals-against average is the best of her career by more than three goals. Her .458 save percentage is also the best of her career, and she needs one more win to become just the seventh goalie in Yale history with 20 or more career wins.
DeVito leads Yale in points (20-32-52, tied for second in the Ivy League) and entered the week seventh in the country in assists per game. She has the third-best single-season assist total in school history (32) and has improved her point total in every year of her career -- this year's total is 21 better than last year's.
Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) is second on the team in points (36-12-48) and fourth in the league in goals. She was also fourth in the country entering the week with 6.57 draw controls per game. With 92 draws for the season, she has broken her own single-season school record (76, set last year) and has taken over as Yale's career draw controls leader (168).
In addition to Daniggelis and DeVito, junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) gives Yale three players with 20 or more goals. Magnuson, who had a hat trick at Cornell, now has the exact same amount of points this year that she had last year (25). She is Yale's most accurate shooter (.513), and she and Doherty 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 fourth on the team in goals and third on the team in points (19-10-29).
Yale won 10-8 at Brown last year, getting three goals from Daniggelis. Doherty added four ground balls, and McMullan made seven saves.
Brown (9-5, 2-4 Ivy League) has also been eliminated from contention for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. The Bears started the season 7-0 but have gone 2-5 since, including three one-goal losses. They are the only league team to beat Princeton, topping the Tigers 14-13 in overtime Mar. 8. Princeton has clinched at least a share of the Ivy title with a 6-1 record; 5-1 Penn is the only team that can match that (the Quakers play at Cornell Saturday).
Brown leads the league in shooting percentage (.507) and is second in the league with 171 goals. Attacker Devin Mastro leads the league in points and is second in assists (28-27-55). She and attacker Grace Healy are second and third in the league in shooting percentage, at .549 and .548 respectively, among players with more than 40 shots. Goalkeeper Kellie Roddy is fourth in the league in save percentage (.469).
Attacker Bre Hudgins and defender Erin Roos were second team All-Northeast Region selections last year. Hudgins was a first team All-Ivy League selection, while Roos and midfielder Abby Bunting made the second team. Bunting played in just two of Brown's first 11 games, but she has returned for the last four games and has six points in that stretch.
The draw control battle Friday could be an interesting one, as Healy is the only league player within 30 draw controls of Daniggelis (Daniggelis has 92, Healy has 67). Healy, a senior, has established the Ivy career record with 228 career draw controls, but Daniggelis is not far behind (168) after just 27 career games.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity