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Hat Trick for Magnuson, but Princeton Tops Yale

Erin Magnuson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erin Magnuson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First-Half Deficit Too Much to Overcome

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton jumped out to an 8-0 lead en route to beating the Yale women's lacrosse team 15-8 Saturday afternoon in an Ivy League game at Class of 1952 Stadium. Junior midfielder Erin Magnuson led Yale with three goals, while junior midfielder Cathryn Avallone and freshman attacker Tess McEvoy had two each.

Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis added eight draw controls for Yale, breaking her own school record for draw controls in a season (her previous record was 76; she now has 82 for this season). She is also now tied for the Ivy League single-season draw control record (82, set by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb in 2012).

Yale (7-4, 1-3 Ivy League) was hurt by 12 turnovers and six failed clears in the first half, as the Tigers took a 9-1 lead into halftime. Princeton (7-3, 3-1 Ivy League) held the Bulldogs scoreless until McEvoy scored on a free position attempt with 4:31 left in the half. The Bulldogs had a 6-5 edge in draw controls for the half, but Princeton utilized an 11-4 advantage in ground balls to control possession. Yale only had seven shots for the half.

Princeton, which entered the day averaging more than 13 goals per game and leading the league in scoring, scored the first two goals of the second half to extend its edge to 11-1 before Yale started a run. Senior attacker Jen DeVito scooped up a loose ball near the crease and deposited a goal at the 24:32 mark, and Magnuson drove in for a goal less than two minutes later to pull Yale within eight.

After Yale had multiple chances to cut into that lead some more --  one Yale free position shot went wide and another hit the post, and the Bulldogs then hit the post with another shot -- Princeton got back on the scoreboard to go ahead 12-3 with 18:36 to play.

After a Bulldogs timeout and another Tiger goal, junior midfielder Cathryn Avallone scored a pair of goals in less than two minutes, prompting a Princeton timeout. The Yale defense was in the midst of what would be its longest stretch of the day holding the Tigers scoreless -- nearly 14 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan finished the game with nine saves.

The Bulldogs scored again when McEvoy passed out of a free position attempt to Magnuson, who fired one in with 6:25 to play.

Princeton stopped its scoring drought with 1:41 remaining when attacker Erin McMunn scored her third goal of the day to make the score 14-6. McEvoy then scored on a free position to make the score 14-7, and Princeton scored one more with 22.9 seconds left. Magnuson scored on a free position with 7.6 left for the 15-8 final.

Senior defender Adrienne Tarver led Yale with three ground balls, and added two draw controls and a caused turnover.

With the loss, the Bulldogs are now one game behind the three teams tied for the fourth and final Ivy League playoff spot (Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth) with three league games remaining.

Yale hosts No. 15 Stony Brook on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity