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Yale-UConn at Reese Wednesday Afternoon

Hannah Burgess and Emily Clorite. (photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)
Hannah Burgess and Emily Clorite. (photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)

Yale vs. UConn Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team hosts local rival UConn Wednesday (3:00 p.m., ESPN+) at Reese Stadium. This is the first meeting between these teams since Mar. 26, 2008 -- an 18-3 Yale win. The Bulldogs are 9-0 all-time against the Huskies.

Cornell Edges Yale

Last time out Yale (4-6, 0-4 Ivy League) fought back from an early 6-1 deficit against Ivy League opponent Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium, getting within two goals of the Big Red in the second half. But the Bulldogs got no closer, as Cornell scored five of the game's final six goals to pull away for an 18-12 win. First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) led Yale with four goals, while senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) had 11 draw controls.

Markert Keeps Point Streak Intact

Sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) scored a goal last Saturday vs. Cornell, keeping her point streak intact. Markert has at least one point in all 21 career games.

Markert has done some of her best work in Ivy League games this season. She leads the Bulldogs in goals and points (9-5-14) in league games. She is shooting .474 and has 13 draw controls in those four games.

Markert is in Pierson College and is a graduate of Westfield High School.

Impressive Mark at Home Against Non-League Opponents

Yale is 9-2 in its last 11 games against non-league opponents at Reese Stadium, starting with a pair of wins against Sacred Heart and Stanford on Apr. 1, 2017.

Offense Up

Yale is averaging 13.1 goals per game this season -- an improvement of 23 percent compared to last season (10.67 goals per game). The Bulldogs have dramatically improved their shooting percentage, going from .382 last season to .455 this season.

Improved Scoring Depth on Display

Yale has four players with 27 or more points this season:

Last year only one Bulldog had that many points (Emily Granger '18, 22-13-35).

Clearing Up

After being limited to a season-low .636 clear percentage at Harvard on Mar. 24, Yale has bounced back to go 26-for-30 (.867) on clears in the last two games.

Might as Well Call Her Goallob

First-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) leads Yale in goals with 29 and has scored a goal in every game this season. Averaging 2.9 goals per game, she is tied for fifth in the Ivy League in that category and is on pace to score 44 goals. That would be the most by a Yale player since 2007, when Lauren Taylor '08 scored 65 goals.

Gollob has five hat tricks and a team single-game high of six goals (Mar. 10 in the 17-7 win vs. Canisius).

A graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, Gollob is in Ezra Stiles College.

Penoyer Extends Streak of Crooked Numbers

First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) had her sixth straight multiple-point outing Saturday, totaling five points (4-1-5) against Cornell. The streak started with a season-high nine points (5-4-9) in the 17-10 win vs. Niagara Mar. 7.

Penoyer leads Yale in assists (16) and points (43) and is second in goals (27). A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, she is in Saybrook College.

Higgins Leads in CTs and GBs

Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) leads Yale in ground balls with 23 and caused turnovers with 19. She is tied for second in the Ivy League in caused turnovers per game (1.9).

Higgins has at least one ground ball in every game this season, with a high of eight in the 17-10 win vs. Niagara Mar. 7. 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 (27). With 13 goals, she needs one goal 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.

Vaughn Does It All

First-year midfielder Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.) has reached double figures in points (5-8-13), ground balls (20), draw controls (20) and caused turnovers (10). She is the lone Bulldog that can make that claim.

A graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, Vaughn is in Trumbull College.

Nixon Setting Draw Control Records

Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, has been posting some remarkable numbers in the draw control column. Here is a look at some of her accomplishments:

  • Leads the NCAA in draw controls per game (114 in 10 games, 11.40). That mark ranks second in NCAA history, behind only the 12.71 posted by Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki in 2014.
  • On pace for 171 draw controls this season -- the current Ivy League record is 130, which she set last season.
  • Third in NCAA history in career draw controls per game (341 in 51 games, 6.7 per game). Leads all Ivy League players in that category -- second is Dartmouth midfielder Kathryn Giroux (362 in 57 games, 6.4 per game).
  • Broke the Ivy League career draw controls total 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 Giroux.
  • 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 Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.
  • Has helped Yale as a team to fourth in the nation in draw control percentage (.623) and sixth in the nation in draw controls per game (17.0).

Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.

Scouting UConn

UConn (2-11, 0-2 AAC) has dropped three in a row since winning 15-8 vs. Bryant Mar. 26. That includes an 18-9 loss to one of Yale's Ivy League rivals, Dartmouth, on Apr. 2. Earlier this season (Mar. 16) the Huskies lost to another Ivy team, Columbia, 13-7.

UConn has allowed at least 15 goals in a game seven times this season. Midfielder Sydney Watson, a second team IWLCA All-Northeast Region pick last season, is the team's leading scorer (26-11-37) and has 72 draw controls in 13 games.

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