Daniggelis, Rhodes Named All-Ivy League

Nicole Daniggelis and Devon Rhodes. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicole Daniggelis and Devon Rhodes. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the Yale women's lacrosse team were named All-Ivy League on Wednesday: freshman attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.), who earned first team honors, and senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.), who earned second team honors. This is the second career All-Ivy honor for Rhodes, Yale's captain, who was a second team selection as a freshman in 2010. Daniggelis is the only freshman to make first team All-Ivy this year, and the first Yale freshman to earn first team All-Ivy honors since Lauren Taylor '08 in 2005.

Daniggelis missed the first two games of the season due to injury but quickly made up for lost time. Her team-leading 39 goals, tied for third in the Ivy League, were the most by a Yale freshman since Taylor scored 47 in 2005. She was second on the team in points with 42, trailing only Rhodes. Her 21 goals in the team's seven league games included six at Penn and four each vs. Columbia and Princeton.

Daniggelis was also a major reason why Yale set the school record for draw controls this year (205). She set the Yale individual single-season record in that category (76, six shy of the Ivy League record) and currently ranks sixth in the country in draw controls per game. Her 15 draw controls in the win at Lehigh broke the Ivy League single-game record. She had at least two draws in every game, and a league-best 36 in Ivy games -- including 12 in the win vs. Columbia.

Daniggelis is one of just two Bulldogs to have achieved double digits in both draw controls and ground balls in Ivy games (36 draw controls, 13 ground balls in league games). The other was sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) (12 draw controls, 17 ground balls in league games).

Prior to Daniggelis, Yale's last first team All-Ivy selections were Taylor and Jess Champion '08 in 2008.

A member of Berkeley College at Yale, Daniggelis graduated from Smithtown East and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team.

Daniggelis and Rhodes formed a formidable duo. The last time Yale had two players with at least 30 goals was 2007 (Taylor 65, Jenn Warden '09 32). Daniggelis (13 games) and Rhodes (seven games) both ended the season with point-scoring streaks intact.

Rhodes, the only senior on Yale's attack, had career highs in goals, assists and points (37-16-53). She finished 12th on Yale's career leader list with 135 points, 13th on Yale's career leader list with 101 goals and 15th on Yale's career leader list with 34 assists. She led Yale in points three times and goals twice, and was among Yale's top two in goals and points every year of her career.

One of the top offensive threats in the Ivy League throughout her career, Rhodes is in the league's top five in all three scoring categories this season (tied for third in assists, tied for fourth in points and tied for fifth in goals). She scored 11 goals in league play, including four goals vs. Princeton and a hat trick in the 13-12 win over Columbia. She had at least two points in six of seven league games.

A member of Berkeley College at Yale, Rhodes graduated from Northport and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team. She is an American studies major.

With help from its All-Ivy League honorees, Yale finished the 2013 season with its best win total in five years and improved its win total over the previous season for the second straight year. The Bulldogs scored 32 more goals than they scored in 2012, a remarkable 23 percent increase.

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

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


2013 Ivy League Awards:

Erin McMunn, Princeton (So. – Westminster, Md.)

Shannon Mangini, Penn (Jr. – Garden City, N.Y.)

Kate Ivory, Cornell (Sr. – Narberth, Pa.)

A – Hana Bowers, Dartmouth (Sr. – Old Greenwich, Conn.)
A – Micaela Cyr, Harvard (Sr. – Lexington, Mass.)
A – Nicole Daniggelis, Yale (Fr. – St. James, N.Y.)
A – Bre Hudgins, Brown (Jr. – Syracuse, N.Y.)
A – Kacie Johnson, Columbia (Sr. – Wilton, Conn.)*
A – Erin McMunn, Princeton (So. – Westminster, Md.)*
A – Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (So. – Bedford, N.Y.)
M – Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth (Sr. – Darien, Conn.)
M – Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Jr. – Severna Park, Md.)*
M – Shannon Mangini, Penn (Jr. – Garden City, N.Y.)*
D – Kate Ivory, Cornell (Sr. – Narberth, Pa.)*
D – Meg Markham, Penn (So. – Manhasset, N.Y.)*
D – Caroline Rehfuss, Princeton (Sr. – Latham, N.Y.)*
GK – Lucy Ferguson, Penn (So. – Montclair, N.J.)*

A – Meredith Cain, Penn (Sr. – Pittsburgh)
A – Devon Rhodes, Yale (Sr. – E. Northport, N.Y.)
A – Caroline Salisbury, Cornell (Sr. – Middletown, Md.)
M – Abby Bunting, Brown (So. – Wellesley, Mass.)
M – Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Jr. – Longmeadow, Mass.)
M – Maddie Poplawski, Penn (Sr. – Springfield, Pa.)
M – Audrey Todd, Harvard (Fr. – Baltimore)
D – Liz Bannantine, Princeton (Fr. – Baltimore)
D – Mariel Jenkins, Harvard (Sr. – Belle Mead, N.J.)
D – Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr. – Hingham, Mass.)
D – Erin Roos, Brown (Jr. – Wilmette, Ill.)
GK – Caroline Franke, Princeton (Jr. – Annapolis, Md.)

A – Liz Calby, Dartmouth (Jr. – Darien, Conn.)
A – Caroline Bunting, Penn (Sr. – Wellesley, Mass.)
M – Danielle Tetreault, Harvard (Sr. – Guilderland, N.Y.)
M – Kelly Buechel, Columbia (Sr. – South Orange, N.J.)
M – Sarah Hefner, Cornell (So. – Bel Air, Md.)
GK – Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Jr. – Old Brookville, N.Y.)

*Unanimous selection
^Expanded due to ties in the voting