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Six Goals for Nixon in 19-10 Win at Marist

Izzy Nixon celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Izzy Nixon celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist did not make it easy, but in the end the Yale women's lacrosse team once again put up some big offensive numbers and came away with a win Tuesday night at Tenney Stadium. Red Foxes goalie Abigail Witczak made 16 saves to keep the game relatively close despite a 45-17 shot advantage for Yale. The Bulldogs' lead was just five with 14:34 to play but a late 5-1 run put the game out of reach. Sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon led Yale with six goals and six draw controls. This was the third straight game with at least 15 goals for Yale. 

Yale (3-1, 0-0 Ivy League) had won its last two games by a combined score of 36-7, jumping out to big leads early both times. On Tuesday, however, Marist (1-3, 0-0 MAAC) scored first and was within 5-4 after the first 18 minutes. A 4-1 Yale run heading into halftime, highlighted by three goals from senior attacker Tess McEvoy, gave the Bulldogs a 9-5 lead. 

After Marist got the first goal of the second half, the Bulldogs reeled off four straight goals -- and Nixon had a hand in all of them. She assisted junior attacker Lily Smith on the first one, then scored an unassisted goal, then set up junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna on the third one and scored another unassisted goal at 18:20 to make it 13-6.

Marist momentarily rallied with a 3-1 run, but with the score 14-9 junior defender Cooper Hall won the next draw control and, shortly after a Yale timeout, Smith scored again (off a McEvoy assist) to jump-start the 5-1 run that closed out the game for Yale.

Six different players had points for Yale: Nixon (6-2-8), McEvoy (5-1-6), Smith (4-1-5), senior attacker Hope Hanley (1-2-3), junior attacker Kiwi Comizio (2-0-2) and Gramigna (1-0-1).

Junior goalkeeper Sydney Marks finished with six saves. McEvoy had four caused turnovers, while Nixon and Smith had four ground balls each. Led by six draws for Nixon and four for Gramigna, Yale won the draw control battle for the fourth straight game -- 19-12.

Yale plays its first Ivy League game Saturday, traveling to Harvard for a 1:00 p.m. start.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity