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Home Opener Wednesday vs. Quinnipiac

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

Yale vs. Quinnipiac Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts the home opener Wednesday against a local rival, as Quinnipiac visits Reese Stadium (5:00 p.m., ESPN+). The Bulldogs have won their home opener in each of the last five years, including three wins vs. the Bobcats.

Bulldogs Fall at Albany in Season Opener

Yale (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) dropped the season opener this past Saturday at Albany, as the Great Danes scored the final four goals of the game for the win. Sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) led the Bulldogs in points (3-2-5).

Nixon Opens with Big Game

Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, did what she does best in the season opener, totaling 12 draw controls at Albany. 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 last year.

First Years Contribute Immediately

With a first-year class of 11 -- larger than any other class on the roster -- Yale will rely heavily on newcomers this season. And the early returns from that class have been good. Six first years started the season opener, and they combined to score seven goals. Midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) led the way with four goals.

Drake Debuts

Sophomore Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.) made her first career start in goal for Yale Saturday, stopping eight shots. Drake spent last season learning behind Sydney Marks '18 -- who started all but one game for the last three years. She was a second team all-league selection in high school after setting her school's records for career saves and wins.

Scouting Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) opened the season with a 14-13 win at Stetson Feb. 10, then fell 16-9 at Brown this past Saturday. Attacker Allison Kuhn (10-1-11) leads the team in goals and points. Allie Kelsey and Sami Walters have combined for a .420 save percentage in goal. Quinnipiac is coached by former Yale assistant Tanya Kotowicz.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity