Yale at Albany Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team opens its 44th varsity season Saturday, traveling to Albany to take on the Great Danes (12:00 p.m., AmericaEast.tv). A year ago the Bulldogs opened the season with a 12-10 win vs. Albany at Reese Stadium.
Here are Yale's top returnees in various categories:
- Goals: Olivia Markert, 19
- Assists: Sam Higgins, 9
- Points: Izzy Nixon, 25
- Shooting Percentage: Olivia Markert, .528
- Ground Balls: Margaret Stover, 26
- Draw Controls: Izzy Nixon, 130
- Caused Turnovers: Margaret Stover, 20
Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) leads the Bulldogs in more ways than one. Elected captain by her teammates, Nixon is coming off a season in which she led the Ivy League in draw controls per game (8.67), setting the Yale draw control record (130). A second team All-Region and second team All-Ivy pick, Nixon had 18 goals and seven assists to finish third on the team in points with 25.
First Years Galore
Yale welcomes a first-year class of 11 -- larger than any other class on the roster. The newcomers bring impressive credentials to New Haven:
- All 11 were lacrosse team captains, and five also served as captains of other sports
- Seven won championships at either the conference, county, district or state level
- Four have been named US Lacrosse All-Americans
- Four have been named US Lacrosse All-Academic
New Faces in the Cage
With the graduation of Sydney Marks '18 -- who started all but one game for the last three years -- Yale is looking for new leaders in between the pipes. With one righty goalie and one lefty goalie, the Bulldogs can give opponents dramatically different looks.
Sophomore Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.) has a year of learning the ropes under Marks. She was a second team all-league selection in high school after setting her school's records for career saves and wins. First year Clare Boone (Stewartstown, Pa.) captained her St. Paul's School team and was a US Lacrosse All-American for the Pennsylvania Chapter in 2015 and 2016.
Yale has multiple two-sport athletes on its roster again this season. Senior defender Keri Cavallo (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and first-year midfielder Emily Clorite (Madison, Conn.) both play soccer for Yale. Junior midfielder Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) and junior defender Bronwyn Davies (Wayland, Mass.) both play basketball for Yale.
Yale's 2019 schedule includes five teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll -- including No. 1 Boston College. The 15 regular-season games include seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games. This is the 10th year for the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final standings play for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy tournament takes place at Columbia this year.
This is Yale's fourth season with Erica Bamford as the team's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Colleen Smith returns for her third season as an assistant, and Molly Hulseman enters her second season.
Albany features a new head coach in Katie Rowan, who led Wagner to a 14-6 record last season before joining the Great Danes. Rowan inherits an Albany team that went 6-1 in America East last year (9-9 overall), advancing to the conference title game for the eighth straight time. The Great Danes have made three NCAA appearances in that stretch.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity