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Second-Half Surge Lifts Harvard Past Yale

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a tightly contested first half that was capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert pulling the Yale women's lacrosse team within 5-4 at Harvard Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs could not maintain their momentum in the second half. Harvard outscored Yale 9-1 in the first 15 minutes of the second, pulling away and going on to take an 18-8 win.

Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy League) got goals from Markert, first-year midfielder Jill Gollob, senior attacker Izzy Nixon and first-year attacker Olivia Penoyer in a see-saw first half that saw neither team lead by more than two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Amelia Drake made six saves to help keep the Crimson at bay.

After Harvard (5-4, 1-1 Ivy League) went up 6-4 early in the second Markert again pulled Yale within one, tallying her 18th goal with 28:39 to play. But Yale would not score again for more than 14 minutes, as Harvard got goals from six different players -- including three from midfielder Tessa Queri -- to put together an 8-0 run.

Gollob stopped the run with a goal at 14:22 and Penoyer scored twice in the final 7:10, but it was not enough to ignite a Bulldog rally.

Junior midfielder Vanessa Yu finished with three assists, while Markert and Nixon had one each. Nixon had a game-high eight draw controls. First-year goalkeeper Clare Boone made four saves in the second half.

Yale returns to action next Saturday at Towson at 3:00 p.m.

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