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No. 21 Cornell Hands Yale First Ivy Loss, 13-8

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

ITHACA, N.Y. – A late comeback attempt by the Yale women's lacrosse team fell short against Cornell at Schoellkopf Field, as the Big Red held on for a 13-8 win after leading by as many as eight goals. Seven different Bulldogs scored, led by a pair of goals from first-year midfielder Olivia Markert. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Marks made 12 saves.

Yale (6-3, 2-1 Ivy League) was the only 2-0 Ivy team entering the day, but Cornell -- which had beaten Columbia 17-5 two weeks ago for its first league win of the season -- scored the first six goals Saturday and led 11-3 early in the second half. Senior midfielder Emily Granger started a 3-0 Yale run with her 15th goal of the year, a personal high.

After Yale got within 11-6 on a goal by first-year midfielder Sam Higgins with 14:39 to play, Cornell (5-2, 2-1 Ivy League) scored a pair to get the lead back up to seven. Goals in the final four minutes by Markert and senior attacker Lily Smith made the final 13-8.

In addition to Markert, Granger, Higgins and Smith, Yale also got goals from sophomore midfielder Barrett Carlson, senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna and junior attacker Izzy Nixon. Nixon had a team-best six draw controls, and Gramigna had a team-best four ground balls.

Yale hosts Marist Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity