Furious Comeback Falls Short in 16-15 Loss to BU

Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Adrienne Tarver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Daniggelis, Rhodes Score Five Goals Each

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At two different points in the first half Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium, the Yale women's lacrosse team trailed BU by eight goals. The game was not decided, however, until the final possession. A furious comeback by the Bulldogs -- including a 6-0 run midway through the second half -- eventually got Yale within one of the Terriers. But BU got the game's final draw control, and eventually ran out the clock for a 16-15 win. Freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis and senior attacker Devon Rhodes scored five goals each for Yale, improving their season goal totals to 36 each.

BU (6-8, 2-4 America East) jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first 18 minutes, prompting Yale to send sophomore goalkeeper Erin Mullins in for her first career minutes in relief of junior Erin McMullan.

The Bulldogs' first two goals came from sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson and Daniggelis; Rhodes pulled Yale within 10-3 by scoring on a free position shortly after Mullins entered the game.

After BU got its lead back to eight, 11-3 with 10:06 remaining in the first, the Bulldogs started chipping away by scoring three of the next four goals heading into halftime. Rhodes scored a pair, including one assisted by junior attacker Jen DeVito, and Magnuson added one 39 seconds before the break.

BU attacker Danielle Etrasco, who scored six goals on the day to improve her season goal total to 54, scored the first two goals of the second half to get the Terriers' lead up to 14-6. But Rhodes then sparked the six-goal run for the Bulldogs, starting out by driving out wide from behind the cage and firing in a left-handed shot with 18:34 to play.

After junior defender Adrienne Tarver scooped up the ground ball following a BU turnover in the Yale zone, Daniggelis curled around from behind the cage and scored despite being fouled.

DeVito then got in on the scoring -- right after having a goal taken away because of a BU foul earlier in the play. DeVito found the lower right corner on the ensuing free position shot, prompting the Terriers to send Kim Elsworth in to play goal in relief of starter Christina Sheridan (Sheridan would come back in seven minutes later).

With the crowd starting to get into the game, Rhodes came away with the next draw control, and the Bulldogs took advantage of it before the Terrier defense could settle in. Magnuson hit sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker in stride for a goal just 22 seconds after DeVito's tally.

That prompted a BU timeout, but after DeVito sent a shot wide Magnuson fought for a loose ball to help the Bulldogs remain on attack. Daniggelis drove in and drew a free position attempt, which she used to rifle a shot just past Elsworth's crosse.

BU got the next draw control, but midfielder Louisa Del Rio's free position shot was blocked and Tarver came away with the ball. Daniggelis then backed her defender down at the other end of the field before spinning and firing in her third goal in a span of less than four minutes, making the score 14-12 with 13:27 to play.

Mullins made a big save on Etrasco with seven minutes left, but the Terriers were able to score a pair of goals to go ahead 16-12 with 4:20 to play.

Still, the Bulldogs would not go down without a fight. Rhodes got the draw control after the final BU goal, then scored with 3:30 to play for the 100th goal of her career. Daniggelis got the next draw control -- one of six on the day for her -- and scored again with 2:51 left. Her 36 goals are the most by a Yale freshman since Lauren Taylor '08 scored 47 in 2005.

After Tarver got the next draw, Rhodes set up Daniggelis for a goal that made it 16-15 BU with 1:58 left. But Etrasco got the final draw control -- one of six on the day for her -- and spent the final seconds of the game playing keep away to run out the clock.

Mullins finished with four saves in her 42 minutes of work; Sheridan made seven for BU in just under 53 minutes. Elsworth and McMullan had one save each.

Tarver led all players with four ground balls, while sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty added four draw controls and three caused turnovers. The Bulldogs limited BU to a 4-for-9 performance on clears in the second half, following a 7-for-7 performance in the first half.

Yale (7-7, 1-5 Ivy League) finishes the season on Saturday at Brown.

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

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