Yale, Sacred Heart Meet for First Time Tuesday Afternoon at Reese

Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Bulldogs Have Won Two in a Row

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team seeks its third win in a row as the Bulldogs play host to Sacred Heart Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) at Reese Stadium. This is the first meeting ever between these two Connecticut teams.

Yale (3-2, 0-1 Ivy League) played its best lacrosse of the season in winning 9-7 at Hofstra Saturday. The Pride's only other loss had been to No. 1 Maryland. Junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.) limited Hofstra to three goals in the final 47:33, finishing with eight saves. Junior defender Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) came up with a couple key ground balls in Yale territory in the final seven minutes, and sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored an insurance goal with 3:02 to play after Hofstra had closed to within 8-7. Avallone and sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) had two goals each.

With eight goals, Magnuson has already surpassed her goal total from last season (six) and is shooting .667. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) leads Yale in goals and points (15-5-20) and is shooting .600. Junior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) leads the team in assists with nine, matching her total from all of last season. She has already had two games with three or more assists.

Tarver and sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) are tied for the team lead in ground balls with 10. Doherty has the team lead in draw controls (13), followed by freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.).

Sacred Heart (0-3, 0-0 NEC), which has won four of the last five NEC regular season championships, was tabbed for sixth in the preseason NEC coaches' poll. The Pioneers' last game vs. an Ivy League opponent was a 15-5 loss at Brown last year.

Attacker Emily Pepe leads the Pioneers in goals and points (5-2-7). She had a hat trick in the season-opening 8-6 loss to Iona. Last season, she set the school record for assists with 43. Goalie Kelsey Keenan has a .455 save percentage and a 12.00 goals-against average. She and defender Samantha Villafranca are tied for the team lead in ground balls with eight. Midfielder Marisa Levings is the sister of Yale men's lacrosse player Dylan Levings.

Yale vs. Sacred Heart, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.:


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

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