Most Honorees in Six Years for Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team had four players honored by the Ivy League on Wednesday as the league announced its year-end awards. Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) was named first team All-Ivy League, while senior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and senior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) earned second-team honors. Junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) was named honorable mention All-Ivy. The four all-league selections are the most for Yale since the 2008 season.
Daniggelis, who was also a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2013, was second on the team in points (39-12-51) and fourth in the league in goals. That included four goals vs. Penn (on six shots) and three vs. Brown and Harvard. She earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors three times.
Daniggelis led the Ivy League with 43 draw controls in league games. She was fourth in the country entering this week with 6.93 draw controls per game. With 104 draws for the season, she broke the Ivy League record (82, by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb in 2012), broke her own single-season school record (76, set last year) and took over as Yale's career draw controls leader (180). Her single-game high in draw controls this year was 14, one shy of her own Ivy League record set in a 2013 game at Lehigh.
Daniggelis has had at least two draw controls in every game of her career. She had nine draw controls in Yale's 12-5 win at Dartmouth, Yale's first win vs. the Big Green since 2008. She added 12 draw controls vs. Brown and eight draw controls vs. Princeton.
Overall, Daniggelis has 36 draw controls more than the second-best player in the league -- Brown's Grace Healy. Healy, a senior, established the Ivy career record with 229 career draw controls, but Daniggelis is not far behind (180) after just 28 career games.
Daniggelis accomplished all of the above this season despite an injury that forced her to play with a brace on one of her knees for the final month. She still started all 15 games.
As a freshman Daniggelis was an IWLCA All-Northeast Region pick after leading the team with 39 goals and finishing second on the team with 42 points. A member of Berkeley College at Yale, she graduated from Smithtown East and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team.
DeVito led Yale in points (21-33-54, second in the Ivy League) and entered this week ninth in the country in assists per game. She had the third-best single-season assist total in school history (33) and improved her point total in every year of her career -- this year's total is 23 better than last year's. That included five points (3-2-5) in the win at Dartmouth. She had at least two points in six of Yale's seven league games, and had three league games in which she did not turn the ball over at all.
DeVito tied for fourth in the league with eight assists in league games. She also tied for 10th in the league with 18 points in league games. She committed just four fouls in league games.
DeVito appeared in 56 career games, including 34 starts. She is seventh on Yale's career assists list with 61 assists, and has been among the team's top five point scorers every year of her career. This season she set career highs in goals, assists and points.
An American studies major and a member of Timothy Dwight College, DeVito graduated from Shoreham-Wading River. She played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team.
Tarver, elected Yale's captain by her teammates, was frequently called upon to defend the opposing team's top scoring threat, and her skills enabled the Bulldogs to defend such players without resorting to face-guarding. She is tied for second in the Ivy League with 41 ground balls (three shy of the school record, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005). She is tied for fifth in the league with 20 caused turnovers, and her five CTs in the 17-6 win vs. Cal tied Yale's single-game record. Tarver was sixth in the league with 15 ground balls in league games, including four against Harvard.
Led by Tarver, Yale is currently ranked 16th in the country in scoring defense (8.20 goals per game). She helped hold four of Yale's Ivy League opponents to eight or fewer goals.
Tarver appeared in 55 games for her career, including 42 straight starts. She is second on Yale's career ground balls list with 110, and sixth on Yale's career caused turnovers list with 53. She is also tied for seventh on Yale's career draw controls list with 53. She established career highs in caused turnovers and ground balls this year.
Tarver is an economics major and a member of Trumbull College. She is a graduate of Park School of Baltimore and played for TLC Red.
Doherty, one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, set career highs in caused turnovers (25) and goals (12) this year. She is fourth in the league in caused turnovers -- including 17 in the last five games. Twice in that span, she tied the Yale record by causing five turnovers in a game. Her caused turnover total is tied for the fifth-best single season total in Yale history. She earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Apr. 14 -- making her the only midfielder to earn that honor this season.
Doherty, who is fifth in the league with 32 ground balls, is one of only eight players in the Ivy League with double-digit totals in goals, caused turnovers, ground balls and draw controls. She and junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) were the only players on Yale's roster who reached double digits in caused turnovers, ground balls and points.
Doherty was second in the league with 15 caused turnovers in league games, including five at Cornell. She was fifth in the league with 16 ground balls in league games, including six at Cornell. She had only three turnovers in league games, the fewest of any Bulldog attacker or midfielder who started at least three league games. She had either one or zero turnovers in all of Yale's seven league games.
Doherty, who has started all 45 games of her career, is third on Yale's career draw controls list with 94, third on Yale's career ground balls list with 100 and seventh on Yale's career caused turnovers list with 52.
Doherty is majoring in political science and is in Pierson College. She graduated from Kent Place and played for STEPS Elite.
With help from its All-Ivy League honorees, Yale finished the 2014 season with its best win total since 2008 and improved its win total over the previous season for the third straight year. This year, Yale had the third-best draw control total (185) and the third-best caused turnover total (140) in school history.
The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.
ATTACKER OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (Jr., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
*Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Meg Markham, Penn (Jr., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Nina Corcoran, Penn (So., A – Point Lookout, N.Y.)
Nicole Daniggelis, Yale (So., A – St. James, N.Y.)
Bre Hudgins, Brown (Jr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Erin McMunn, Princeton (Jr., A – Westminster, Md.)
*Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (Jr., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
Jaclyn Leto, Dartmouth (So., M – Chatham, N.J.)
*Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
Erin Slifer, Princeton (Jr., M – Mt. Airy, Md.)
Audrey Todd, Harvard (So., M - Baltimore)
*Meg Markham, Penn (Jr., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Erin Roos, Brown (Jr., D – Wilmette, Ill.)
*Colleen Smith, Princeton (Sr., D – Wilmette, Ill.)
Lucy Ferguson, Penn (Jr., GK – Montclair, N.J.)
Tory Bensen, Penn (Sr., A – Darien, Conn.)
Liz Calby, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Darien, Conn.)
Jen DeVito, Yale (Sr., A – Wading River, N.Y.)
Danielle Mastro, Brown (Jr., A – Endicott, N.Y.)
Marisa Romeo, Harvard (Fr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Sarah Hefner, Cornell (Jr., M – Bel Air, Md.)
Taylor Quinn, Columbia (Fr., M – Radnor, Pa.)
Lindsey Smith, Penn (Sr., M – West Chester, Pa.)
Liz Bannantine, Princeton (So., D – Baltimore)
Tayt Foussadier, Penn (Jr., D – Turnersville, N.J.)
Claire MacManus, Cornell (Jr., D – Rosemont, Pa.)
Adrienne Tarver, Yale (Sr., D – Pikesville, Md.)
Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Sr., GK – Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Sr., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
Lely DeSimone, Penn (So., M – Airmont, N.Y.)
Christina Doherty, Yale (Jr., M – Bernardsville, N.J.)
Rachel Moody, Cornell (Sr., A – Burke, Va.)
Isabelle Wager, Harvard (So., D – Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Kelly Weis, Harvard (So., GK – Garden City, N.Y.)
^-Due to ties in voting, the first- and second-teams were expanded to 13