April 6, 2013

No. 18 Princeton Uses Early Run to Top Yale 14-9

Four Goals Each for Daniggelis and Rhodes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Facing a top-20 team that was also atop the Ivy League standings, the Yale women's lacrosse team had only one bad stretch Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, a 15-minute lapse in the first half was all that No. 18 Princeton needed to turn a 2-2 game into an 8-2 game. The Bulldogs eventually recovered, outscoring the Tigers 7-6 the rest of the way, but Princeton still came away with a 14-9 win. Freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis led Yale with five points (four goals and an assist) and five draw controls.

Yale (6-5, 0-4 Ivy League) scored quickly, getting goals from senior attacker Devon Rhodes (assisted by Daniggelis) and sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (unassisted) in the first 10 minutes. The score was 2-2 when the Bulldogs caught an early break, as a goal by Princeton defender Charlotte Davis was taken off the scoreboard after Davis was penalized for a dangerous follow-through. But after a Princeton turnover two minutes later, Daniggelis hit the post on a free position attempt.

Tiger attacker Jaci Gassaway then scored the first two goals of what turned into a six-goal run by Princeton. The Bulldogs hurt themselves with turnovers -- they had nine in the first half and 14 for the game -- and fouls, including a pair of yellow cards in the final three minutes of the half.

Still, Yale started battling back by scoring a goal just 3.4 seconds before halftime. After junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan stopped a low shot by attacker Alexandra Bruno, sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty drove into the 8-meter arc before feeding Rhodes for the score.

Daniggelis scored off a turnover less than a minute into the second half to pull the Bulldogs within 8-4. The deficit was still four eight minutes later, as goals by Daniggelis and Rhodes (assisted by Doherty) were sandwiched in between two more goals for the Tigers. Daniggelis hit the post two more times, but finally got another one past Princeton keeper Caroline Franke (six saves) by sneaking in from the side of the net and quickly stuffing in a low shot that made the score 10-7 with 14:51 to play.

But that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get. Princeton (7-3, 4-0 Ivy League) reeled off the next three goals, from three different players, to take a 13-7 lead with 6:11 to play. Rhodes broke up the string with her 27th goal of the year, tying her career high, with 3:53 left.

Davis then scored again for Princeton, and Daniggelis rifled in a free position shot with seven seconds left to make the final score 14-9.

McMullan finished with nine saves. With the win, Princeton keeps pace atop the Ivy League standings with the league's two other undefeated teams, Dartmouth and Penn.

Yale travels to Oceanside, N.Y., next Saturday for its next Ivy League game. The Bulldogs will play Columbia at Oceanside High School in a game that is part of a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief.  

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

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