Yale vs. Cornell Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a 4-0 home record this season, the Yale women's lacrosse team looks forward to hosting Ivy League rival Cornell this Saturday (12:00 p.m., ESPN+).
Bulldogs Fall at Towson
Last time out Yale (4-5, 0-3 Ivy League) fell 15-13 at Towson, scoring as many goals as or more goals than five ranked teams that have played the Tigers. Seven different players scored for Yale, led by hat tricks from first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) and sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.). Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) had 12 draw controls, helping Yale to a 21-9 advantage in that category.
Yale is 4-0 at Reese Stadium this season, averaging 17.50 goals per game. The Bulldogs have a 7.02 goals-against average at home.
Busy Day at Reese
Saturday's Yale-Cornell game is the first half of a doubleheader at Reese Stadium that also includes the Yale men's team -- ranked No. 5 in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll -- taking on Dartmouth. It is Alumnae Day and also Youth Day, including a post-game autograph session for children.
One Love Day
Yale will be raising awareness for the One Love Foundation on Saturday, including wearing special socks. The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. One Love's mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to be leaders driving change in their communities.
Yale has three players with 20 or more goals this season -- first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) with 28, first-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) with 23 and sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) with 21. Last year only two Bulldogs scored that many goals.
Yale has improved its shooting percentage from .382 last season to .446 this season -- a 17 percent improvement. Among players with 18 or more shots, first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) leads the team in shooting (.549, 51 shots) and first-year attacker Rachel Anderson (Baltimore, Md.) is second (.500, 18 shots).
Youth is Served
Yale's first-year class has accounted for 68 of the team's 119 goals (57 percent). The first years also have 26 of the team's 66 assists (39 percent).
Gollob Leads in Goals
First-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) leads Yale in goals with 28. Averaging 3.1 goals per game, she is on pace to score 47 goals in the regular season. That would be the most by a Yale player since 2007, when Lauren Taylor '08 scored 65 goals. She has five hat tricks and a team single-game high of six goals (Mar. 10 in the 17-7 win vs. Canisius).
Gollob earned recognition from the Ivy League with one of the league's "Top 5 Plays of the Week" after swatting the ball in for a goal at Towson Mar. 30.
Gollob, a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, is in Ezra Stiles College.
Penoyer Leads Team in Assists, Points
First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) leads Yale in assists (15) and points (38) and is second in goals (23). She has five straight multiple-point outings, starting with a season high 5-4-9 in the 17-10 win vs. Niagara Mar. 7.
Penoyer, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, is in Saybrook College.
Higgins on Ground Ball Streak
Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) has gotten at least one ground ball in every game this season, with a high of eight in the 17-10 win vs. Niagara Mar. 7. She leads the team with 21 ground balls and is also Yale's leader in caused turnovers (17). Her five assists vs. Canisius Mar. 10 are the most this season by a Yale player, as are her nine caused turnovers vs. Niagara Mar. 7.
Higgins has already achieved career highs in caused turnovers, ground balls, assists (14) and points (24). With 10 goals, she needs four goals to match her career high in that category.
A member of the National Honor Society at Shoreham-Wading River High School, Higgins is in Silliman College at Yale.
Nixon Still Leads Nation in Draws
Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, leads the nation in draw controls per game (11.44). Earlier this year she broke the Ivy League career draw controls record, getting her 296th after the Bulldogs' 13th goal in the 17-7 win vs. Canisius Mar. 10. She broke the mark of 295 set by Nicole Daniggelis '16 and tied the previous weekend by Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux.
Nixon now has 330 career draw controls in 50 career games (6.6 per game, third in NCAA history), while Giroux is at 351 in 56 career games (6.3 per game). Dartmouth has five games left in the regular season, starting with Saturday's game vs. Princeton.
Nixon tied the Ivy League single-game record with 19 draw controls in Yale's 18-4 win vs. Hartford Feb. 26. The mark was first established by Giroux Mar. 21, 2018. The NCAA record is 24, set by Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.
Thanks largely to Nixon's work, Yale as a team is fourth in the nation in draw control percentage (.635) and sixth in draw controls per game (17.0).
Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.
Cornell (6-4, 2-1 Ivy League) is coming off a pair of high-scoring wins, totaling 38 goals in beating Binghamton and Rutgers. The Big Red is second in the Ivy League in goals-against average (9.61) and shots per game (32.0). With 28 goals in 10 games, attacker Sarah Phillips has doubled her goal total from a year ago and ranks seventh in the Ivy League in goals per game. Goalie Katie McGahan has a .497 save percentage and an 8.55 goals-against average (10th in the nation).
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