Senior Day Saturday as Yale Hosts Columbia

The Yale women's lacrosse Class of 2014. Front Row: Katherine Sherrill, Erin McMullan, Ashley McCormick and Adrienne Tarver. Back Row: Courteney Rutter, Kallie Parchman, Meghan Murray, Jen DeVito and Julie Mongan. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Bulldogs Seek Eighth Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts Columbia Saturday at 1:00 p.m., seeking its eighth win of the season. The Bulldogs are coming off a near-upset of No. 15 Stony Brook Wednesday. They scored more goals against the Seawolves -- who entered the day leading the nation in scoring defense at 4.58 goals per game -- than any team other besides No. 4 Florida. Saturday starts with Senior Day ceremonies, as Yale pays tribute to the nine members of the Class of 2014.

The seniors have seen the Yale program make some dramatic strides in their time here, as the Bulldogs have improved their winning percentage from one year to the next in each of the past three years. After seeing the team win just eight times in their first two years, the seniors have helped the Bulldogs to 15 wins in the past two years. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by 28 goals this season, the team's best goal differential since 2008.

Four seniors have played key roles in helping Yale's defense rank No. 15 in the country entering this week (8.18 goals allowed per game): defenders Kallie Parchman (Baltimore, Md.), Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.) and Adrienne Tarver (Pikesville, Md.) and goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.).

Parchman, who has appeared in 44 career games, was an IWLCA Division I Academic Honor Roll selection last year, and also earned the team's Holgate Award for dedication. She has 23 career ground balls and 15 career caused turnovers.

Sherrill, who has appeared in 36 career games, earned the team's Most Improved Player award in 2012. She has 20 career ground balls and 17 career caused turnovers.

Tarver, who was elected captain by her teammates, has appeared in 52 games for her career -- including 39 straight starts. She is tied for second on Yale's career ground balls list with 97, and she is sixth on Yale's career caused turnovers list with 49. She is also eighth on Yale's career draw controls list. She has established career highs in caused turnovers (19) and ground balls (36) this year, and is eight ground balls away from the Yale single-season record (44, set by Sarah Driscoll '05 in 2005).

McMullan has appeared in 44 career games, starting the last 30. She is seventh on Yale's career wins list with 18, and she is ninth on Yale's career saves list with 297. She is also ninth on Yale's career goals-against average list, and has improved her goals-against average every year of her career.

The three senior midfielders -- Ashley McCormick (Paoli, Pa.), Julie Mongan (Malvern, Pa.) and Courteney Rutter (Summit, N.J.) -- have contributed at both ends of the field.

McCormick has appeared in 45 career games. Having battled through injury, her career totals include 36 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers and 15 goals. She led the team in caused turnovers with 15 in 2012.

Mongan has appeared in 33 career games, including a career-high 12 this season. She has totaled 14 ground balls, 11 draw controls and six goals for her career.

Rutter has overcome injury to appear in 30 career games. She has 15 career ground balls and has scored a pair of goals.

The two senior attackers, Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.) and Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.), have helped the Bulldogs make dramatic strides offensively in the last few years. The team is on pace for more than 160 goals this year, which -- combined with last year's 169 goals -- would give Yale back-to-back seasons with more than 160 goals for the first time since 2007-08.

DeVito has appeared in 49 career games. She is seventh on Yale's career assists list with 55 assists, and has been among the team's top five point scorers every year of her career. This season she has set career highs in goals, assists and points (16-30-46). She entered the week ninth in the nation in assists per game, and she is second in the Ivy League in points.

Murray has appeared in 33 career games, returning to the field this year after being sidelined all of last season due to injury. She was an IWLCA Division I Academic Honor Roll selection last year. She has 19 career draw controls and 12 career goals.

With three regular season games remaining Yale (7-5, 1-3 Ivy League) has a chance to reach 10 wins in a season for the sixth time in school history. The team's goals-against average (8.42) currently ranks fifth in Yale history.

The Bulldogs as a team have an Ivy-best 118 caused turnovers and 193 ground balls for the year. They are on pace for at least 147 caused turnovers, which would be the third-best total in Yale history.

In addition to Tarver (36), three other Yale defenders have at least 10 ground balls -- freshman Victoria Moore (Concord, Mass.) (13), freshman Emily Markham (Manhasset, N.Y.) (12) and sophomore Flannery Carney (Baltimore, Md.) (11).

Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) has set the Ivy League record for draw controls in a season with 86 this year, helping Yale to a 156-98 advantage on draws. After scoring six goals Wednesday against a Stony Brook defense that was ranked No. 1 in the country, Daniggelis has 35 goals for the season. With 45 points, she is second on the team to DeVito (16-30-46). Junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) is second on the team in goals and third on the team in points (17-9-26).

The Bulldogs' most accurate shooter, among those with 20 or more shots, is junior midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.) (.484). She and junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) are the only players on Yale's roster who have reached double digits in caused turnovers, ground balls and points. Doherty is coming off a game vs. Stony Brook in which she caused six turnovers. While records are incomplete, that currently ranks as the best single-game caused turnover total in school history.  

Columbia (3-6, 0-4 Ivy League) has suffered three losses by three or fewer goals, including a 10-8 loss to UMBC Wednesday night. The Lions are second in the Ivy League in ground balls with 180, trailing only Yale.

Midfielder Paige Cuscovitch, who scored her 100th career goal Wednesday, leads Columbia in scoring (22-3-25). Goalie Colleen Packer has a .360 save percentage and a 9.67 goals-against average. She and the Columbia defense have one shutout, an 11-0 blanking of Mount St. Mary's Mar. 30.

 

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

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