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Back-and-Forth Battle Ends in BC’s Favor, 19-12

Ashley Perselay. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ashley Perselay. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEWTON, Mass. – The Yale women's lacrosse team fought back from an early 7-1 deficit Wednesday afternoon at BC, getting within one goal of the Eagles midway through the second half thanks to an 8-3 run. But BC responded with a run of its own, reeling off six straight goals to re-take a commanding lead. The Eagles eventually finished with a 19-12 win. Junior attacker Kiwi Comizio led the Bulldogs with five goals, a career high.

The game started inauspiciously for Yale, as the Eagles went on a 7-0 run after senior attacker Hope Hanley opened the scoring. But after the 16:14 mark Yale allowed just two more goals for the rest of the half, and began creeping back within striking distance. Junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna started the run with a free position goal, and senior attacker Tess McEvoy scored the next one. After a pair of BC goals, the Bulldogs went into halftime with momentum thanks to a pair of goals from Comizio -- including one with just 5.7 seconds on the clock. That one came after a big save by junior goalkeeper Sydney Marks on a BC free position shot, one of nine saves in the half for her. 

Goals by McEvoy and Comizio to start the second half kept the Bulldogs rolling, though BC eventually snapped its stretch of 17:40 without a goal when attacker Kaileen Hart scored at 18:52 of the second to get the Eagles' lead to 10-7. But Comizio scored off a McEvoy feed, and McEvoy then scored on a free position, to get the Bulldogs within one with 16:35 to play.

That would be as close as Yale would get, however. The Bulldogs had a pair of chances to tie the game, but BC goalie Lauren Daly made saves on shots by McEvoy and sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon to keep the lead intact. The Eagles then went on a 6-0 run in a span of less than four minutes to seize control. 

Gramigna stopped the run by scoring off a feed from freshman midfielder Barrett Carlson at 7:24 -- but BC scored twice in a 13 second span shortly after a Yale yellow card, making the score 18-10 with 5:28 to play. Nixon assisted on a pair of goals near the end, by Carlson and Comizio, to make the final 19-12.

Marks finished with 11 saves, while Daly made five and Zoe Ochoa made four for BC. Nixon led Yale with five draw controls, but BC claimed a decisive 23-10 advantage on draws thanks in large part to eight draws each from attacker Sam Apuzzo and defender Elizabeth Miller. 

BC (9-4, 1-3 ACC) has now won six of its last eight games, with losses only to the top two teams in the country. The Eagles have scored at least 13 goals in eight straight games.

Yale (5-5, 1-2 Ivy League) returns to action Saturday with a rare doubleheader, hosting Sacred Heart at Noon and No. 19 Stanford at 6:00 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Yale's last doubleheader was in 2004, a sweep of Cal and Monmouth at Johnson Field.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity