NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Led by five goals from first-year midfielder Olivia Markert -- including four in a span of 7:35 early in the second half -- the Yale women's lacrosse team rallied past Marist for a 13-12 win at Reese Stadium Tuesday night. The Bulldogs' defense, led by seven saves from senior goalkeeper Sydney Marks, allowed just one Red Fox goal in the last 23 minutes as Yale rallied from a four-goal deficit with a 6-1 run.
Yale (7-3, 2-1 Ivy League) could not get its offense going in the early stages of this game, as Marist (4-4, 0-0 MAAC) led by as many as six goals in the first half and had an 8-6 advantage in draw controls. That changed quickly in the second half, as Markert scored twice in the first 90 seconds.
Marist took advantage of free position shots all night long, scoring 10 of its 12 goals from the 8-meter arc. After midfielder Hailey Wagner extended the lead to 10-6 on a free position goal at 27:49, Markert scored again. And after a free position goal by midfielder Camille Renaud made it 11-7 with 23:19 to play, Markert scored her fifth.
That started a five-goal run for Yale, with the last two goals coming from senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna to give Yale a 12-11 lead with 5:10 left.
Marist tied the game on a free position goal by attacker Samantha Mehalick with 5:10 to go, but an illegal substitution call on the Red Foxes gave Yale the draw control. The Bulldogs turned the ball over, but junior attacker Izzy Nixon immediately got the ball back by causing a turnover deep in Marist's zone. Senior midfielder Emily Granger then set up sophomore midfielder Barrett Carlson for the goal that provided the winning margin, 13-12.
In addition to Markert's five points (5-0-5), Granger also finished with five (2-3-5) and Carlson had four (2-2-4). Gramigna finished with a pair of goals, while Nixon and senior attacker Kiwi Comizio had one each. Nixon had three caused turnovers, while Carlson, senior defender Taryn Gallagher and sophomore defender Julia Watt each had two.
This is the third time this season a Yale player has scored five goals in a game, as Nixon did it against Brown Mar. 17 and first-year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel did it against UMass Feb. 24.
Yale hosts No. 10 Towson Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity