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Hanley’s 10-Point Game Fuels Big Win Over Quinnipiac

Hope Hanley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hope Hanley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On a night where the Yale offense was clicking, one player in particular stood out Tuesday vs. Quinnipiac at Reese Stadium. Senior attacker Hope Hanley's 10-point game (four goals, six assists) included seven points in the first half alone, as she helped the Bulldogs jump out to a 12-2 lead en route to a 21-3 win. She scored on all four of her shots -- improving to a perfect 7-for-7 on the season -- to lead a Yale offense that included 12 different goal scorers.

The only available record of a Yale player with more points in a game than Hanley's 10 is the 11-goal game for Tracy Ball '81 at Cornell Apr. 5, 1980.

Mar. 31, 2004 was the last time Yale as a team scored 21 or more goals (25 against Fairfield that day).

"Hope is playing at a really high level right now," said Erica LaGrow, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "She is seeing the field really well and sharing the ball. She is such a smart attacker; she understands our offense very well and has taken ownership of it."

Hanley had plenty of help Tuesday. Her six assists -- two shy of the Yale single-game record -- went to five different players, with two for goals by junior attacker Kiwi Comizio and one each for goals by sophomore midfielder Amanda Bosland, junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna, senior attacker Tess McEvoy and junior attacker Katie Smith.

Coming off a 13-11 loss in the season opener at Albany in which they had let an 11-5 lead slip away, the Bulldogs established control early on Tuesday and never gave Quinnipiac any hopes of a comeback. After a 7-0 Yale run (including three goals from Hanley) in the first 22:03, the Bobcats scored two of the game's next three goals -- only to see Yale reel off the next five for a commanding 13-2 lead early in the second. Quinnipiac's final goal came with 27:06 to play; the Bulldogs ended the game on an 8-0 run.

"This was a total team effort, with 12 different goal scorers and multiple players getting their first career goals," said LaGrow. "The team really responded to the challenge of bouncing back from last Saturday's game."

Hanley's four goals led the way, and junior attacker Maggie Pizzo also added a hat trick. Bosland, Comizio, McEvoy and sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon had two goals apiece. Gramigna, Smith, freshman attacker/midfielder Devon Doheny, junior attacker Emma Dunne, junior midfielder Taryn Gallagher and freshman midfielder Hannah Logan scored one each. Those were the first career goals for Doheny, Dunne and Logan.

Nixon (four draw controls), Bosland (three) and freshman midfielder Lindsay Hogan (three) helped Yale to a 15-10 edge in draw controls. The Bulldogs shot 21 for 29 (.724) for the game, while Quinnipiac (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) was just 3 for 12. Junior goalkeeper Sydney Marks made three saves.

Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) returns to action Sunday against Robert Morris at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs are now 17-10 at home since the start of the 2014 season.

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