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No. 1 BC Holds Off Bulldogs, 15-10

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

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Yale women's lacrosse team started and ended strong against No. 1 Boston College -- one of the country's two remaining unbeaten teams -- Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The Bulldogs were tied 3-3 with the Eagles after nearly 17 minutes at the start of the game, and they ended the game with a 7-2 run in the final 21 minutes. But in between those two stretches, BC put together a 10-0 run that ultimately made the difference. The Eagles came away with a 15-10 win. 

Yale (6-7, 1-4 Ivy League) got early goals from first-year midfielder Payton Vaughn, sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert and senior attacker Addie Zinsner to create a 3-3 tie. But eventually BC's powerful offense (ranked No. 2 in the country, averaging 17.67 goals per game entering the day) took over. Attacker Kenzie Kent's goal at 13:05 -- her 33rd of the year -- sparked a 6-0 run that made the score 9-3 Eagles at halftime. She would finish with a hat trick and a pair of assists. 

After getting six saves from sophomore goalkeeper Amelia Drake in the first half, the Bulldogs brought in first year Clare Boone for the second. BC (16-0, 6-0 ACC) kept momentum in its favor with a 4-0 run to start the half, including a pair from Kent. The nation's leader in assists with 55 entering the game, her two assists Tuesday marked just the fifth time this season she did not have at least three assists in a game.

Despite the BC run, Yale would not go away easily. Senior attacker Izzy Nixon, the Bulldogs' captain, scored at 20:57 of the second to snap the Eagles' streak. Goals by BC sandwiched around a tally by junior midfielder Vanessa Yu made the score 15-5 with 10:04 to play, but Yale kept chipping away. Markert scored three more times, and Zinsner scored a pair, in a span of less than five minutes to get the Bulldogs within five with 4:10 to play. But BC regrouped, limiting Yale to just one more shot on goal the rest of the way (a save by Lauren Daly) to seal the victory.

Markert finished with a team-best four goals, extending her streak of consecutive games with a point to 24. Zinsner had three goals, and Nixon (1-1-2) also had a multiple-point outing. Vaughn and Yu had one goal each.

Nixon added six draw controls, extending her Ivy League single-season record to 142. Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins added four draws.

This was the final road game of the season for Yale, which returns to New Haven to host No. 11 Princeton Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

 

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