Sophomore Honored for Second Season in a Row
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) has been named second team All-Northeast Region by the IWLCA. The IWLCA announced the all-region teams on Monday, with 16 student-athletes earning first-team honors and 16 earning second-team honors in each of the four regions. This is the second year in a row that Daniggelis has earned second team all-region honors.
Daniggelis, who was named first team All-Ivy League earlier this month, was second on Yale in points (39-12-51) and was sixth in the Ivy League in goals. She had a season-high six goals in a game three times: Feb. 26 at Sacred Heart, Mar. 30 vs. Lehigh and Apr. 9 vs. then-No. 15 Stony Brook. She had a season-high eight points twice, at Sacred Heart (6-2-8) and vs. Cal Mar. 28 (4-4-8). She earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors three times.
Dominance on the draw control has been a key part of Daniggelis' game throughout her career. She was fourth in the country entering this week with 6.93 draw controls per game. With 104 draws this season, she broke the Ivy League record by 22 (82, by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb in 2012), broke her own single-season school record by 28 (76, set last year) and took over as Yale's career draw controls leader (180).
Daniggelis has had at least two draw controls in every game of her career. Her single-game high in draw controls this year was 14 at Sacred Heart, one shy of her own Ivy League record set in a 2013 game at Lehigh. She had nine draw controls in Yale's 12-5 win at Dartmouth, Yale's first win vs. the Big Green since 2008.
Overall, Daniggelis has 36 draw controls more than the second-best players in the Ivy League -- Brown's Grace Healy and Cornell's Sarah Hefner. Healy, a senior, established the Ivy career record with 229 career draw controls, but Daniggelis is not far behind (180) after just 28 career games.
Daniggelis accomplished all of the above this season despite an injury that forced her to play with a brace on one of her knees for the final month. She still started all 15 games.
A member of Berkeley College at Yale, Daniggelis graduated from Smithtown East and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team. She is the first Yale women's lacrosse player to earn multiple all-region honors since Jenn Warden '09 earned second team all-region honors three times from 2007 through 2009.
Daniggelis helped Yale finish the 2014 season with its best win total (nine) since 2008. The Bulldogs also improved their win total over the previous season for the third straight year. This year, Yale had the third-best draw control total (185) and the third-best caused turnover total (140) in school history.
The All-Region team is determined by a committee. There are four regions nationwide -- Mid Atlantic, Northeast, South and West. Student-athletes selected to all-region teams are eligible for selection to the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 19. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 7 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity