Yale vs. Hartford Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts Hartford on Tuesday at Reese Stadium (5:00 p.m., ESPN+) in a game that was originally scheduled for Wednesday. With snow in the forecast for Wednesday, the game has been moved up a day.
Bulldogs Win Home Opener Again
Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) is coming off an 18-7 win vs. Quinnipiac in the home opener last Wednesday. That was the Bulldogs' sixth straight home opener win. It came on a cold and snowy day in which the new heated field at Reese Stadium came in handy. First-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) led the team in goals with five, while first-year midfielder Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.) added a team-best five ground balls. Yale outshot the Bobcats 28-18 and went 13-for-15 on clears.
Just Like We Drew it Up
Yale has enjoyed a 34-23 advantage on draw controls though the first two games. Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, is a big reason why -- she has 20 draw controls and is leading the nation in draws per game. 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 pair of first years, midfielder Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.) with seven and midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) with six, have also contributed on the draw.
Younger Players Dominate Scoring
Led by nine goals from first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.), Yale's younger players have provided the bulk of the scoring. The first-year and sophomore classes have combined to score 28 of the team's 31 goals. Led by four assists from sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.), those classes have 14 of the team's 18 assists.
New Faces in the Cage
With the graduation of goalkeeper Sydney Marks '18 -- who started all but one game for the last three years -- Yale has turned to some new faces in the cage. Sophomore Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.) has started both games so far, making nine saves on 27 shots. First-year goalie Clare Boone (Stewartstown, Pa.) made her debut last Wednesday in the win vs. Quinnipiac, stopping three of the seven shots she faced in 30 minutes.
Hartford (0-3, 0-0 America East) is in its second season of existence. The Hawks went 1-12 last season, picking up a 20-4 win vs. Delaware State in their opener. Tuesday will mark their first game against an Ivy League team. Attacker Billy McLaughlin leads the team in points (2-3-5). She is the lone senior on a roster that also features 17 sophomores and 10 freshmen.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity