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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team resumes Ivy League play Saturday, hosting Brown (1:00 p.m., Ivy League Network). The Bulldogs are off to a 5-1 start for the first time since 2014, and are 1-0 in the Ivy League. Saturday's game matches up the two best teams in the league as far as draw controls go -- Brown averages 17.67 per game and Yale averages 17.00.
YALE SPLITS WESTERN NEW YORK ROAD TRIP
Yale (5-1, 1-0 Ivy League) split its Spring Break trip to western New York, falling to Canisius 10-9 in triple overtime last Sunday and then bouncing back to beat Niagara 14-7 Tuesday. The Bulldogs outscored the Purple Eagles 10-1 in the second half to rally for the win. Senior attacker Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) had four goals and an assist, tying her career high for points in a game. Senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.) added four goals and senior goalkeeper Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.) made nine saves.
Senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.) is Yale's captain, the third Bulldog captain from New Jersey in the program's 43 year history. She is tied for third on the team in goals with nine and is third in draw controls with 14. Her .600 shooting percentage is tops among Bulldogs with four or more shots.
Gramigna earned the team's captaincy -- as voted by her teammates -- with contributions last year that ranged from scoring (28 goals, third on the team and a career high) to getting draw controls (42, second on the team and tied for seventh in the Ivy League) to getting ground balls (21). She started all 16 games, a career high.
Gramigna is a psychology major in Trumbull College. Her father and grandfather both played football at Yale's Ivy League rival, Penn.
NIXON CONTROLS DRAWS
The Bulldogs rely heavily on junior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), starting with her excellence on the draw. She leads the nation in draw controls per game (10.33), and has at least 10 draws in five of six games this year. She is a big reason why Yale as a team is sixth nationally and second in the Ivy League in draw controls per game (17.00). Nixon also contributes offensively, as she is fourth on the team in points (7-6-13) and tied for the lead in assists.
Last year Nixon was second in the league with 87 draw controls, the second-best total by a Yale player in 14 years. Nixon is also a big part of the attack, finishing third on the team in points (26-14-40) and fifth in goals. She was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection, making her the lone returning all-league pick for the Bulldogs this year.
Nixon is political science major in Trumbull college. Her parents are both Ivy Leaguers (they graduated from Princeton).
DUPERROUZEL LEADS OFFENSE
First-year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel (Fairfax Station, Va.) has quickly taken on a key role in Yale's offense. She is tied for ninth in the Ivy League in goals per game (2.60). She leads the Bulldogs in goals and points (13-4-17). She has a goal in five of six games, and has the second-best shooting percentage (.565) among Bulldogs with four or more shots.
After totaling seven goals and three assists in Yale's wins vs. Quinnipiac and then-No. 19 UMass, Duperrouzel was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 26 and Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Week on Feb. 28.
Duperrouzel was a US Lacrosse first team All-American, USA Today All-USA and US Lacrosse All-Academic in 2017 at Bishop Ireton. She played for Capital Lacrosse Club and has volunteered with Adaptive Lacrosse, teaching people with physical or mental impairments how to play lacrosse. She is in Saybrook College at Yale.
MARKS IN GOAL
Senior Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.) is third in the Ivy League in saves per game (8.20). She has totaled 44 saves in the last four games, including 16 at Canisius and 11 in the 14-9 upset of then-No. 19 UMass. She had seven saves in the first two games.
Marks brings two years of starting experience into her final season for the Bulldogs. She played all 30 games over the past two seasons, totaling more than 1675:00 in goal. Last season she posted a .429 save percentage and had four games with 10 or more saves -- including a season-high 16 at Columbia. In her sophomore season she finished second in the Ivy League in saves (130).
Marks is a psychology major in Jonathan Edwards College.
TWO-SPORT STARS GALORE
Yale's roster features multiple two-sport stars, including three who played field hockey, one who plays soccer and one who plays ice hockey.
Senior attacker Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) was enjoying a breakthrough campaign last year before she suffered an injury that sidelined her for the final three games. She still finished fourth on the team in goals (27) and points (29), with career highs in both categories. Her .600 shooting percentage was best in the Ivy League and 11th in the nation. After missing her senior season of field hockey this past fall, she returned to action for the lacrosse team with an assist in the season-opening 12-10 win vs. then-No. 24 Albany. She then scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Yale's 16-15 win vs. Harvard Mar. 3. That was her first goal since coming back.
Senior attackers Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), who are identical twins, take the field for one last season together. They have played field hockey all four years at Yale and lacrosse since their sophomore year. Katie appeared in a career-high 10 games last season, scoring a pair of goals. Lily appeared in 12 games, making four starts, and scored eight goals.
Junior defender Keri Cavallo (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) joined the lacrosse team last season, appearing in four games. She has been playing soccer for Yale for the past three seasons.
Junior midfielder Jordan Chancellor (Ramsey, Minn.) is the latest two-sport addition to the Bulldogs' roster, as she joined the team at the end of women's ice hockey season. On the ice, she had three goals and five assists in 31 games for the Bulldogs.
The 2018 Yale slate includes eight games against teams that made the NCAA tournament last season (Albany, Boston College, Canisius, Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Towson and UMass).
The Bulldogs have played two teams that were ranked in the IWLCA poll so far, beating then-No. 24 Albany 12-10 Feb. 17 and then-No. 19 UMass 14-9 Feb. 24. Of Yale's 10 remaining opponents in the regular season, five are ranked in the top 25 of the latest IWLCA poll: No. 3 Boston College, No. 11 Penn, No. 14 Towson, No. 16 Princeton and No. 23 Cornell.
Yale's 15 regular-season games include seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games. This is the ninth year for the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final standings play for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
ERICA LaGROW, YALE'S JOEL E. SMILOW, CLASS OF 1954 HEAD COACH OF WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Former US National Team member Erica LaGrow was announced as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse on July 1, 2015. Her first two seasons in New Haven saw the Bulldogs make a number of strides. In her first season they were in contention for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament until the final game, and they saw year-to-year improvements in their shooting percentage, free position shooting percentage, draw controls, clears and save percentage. In her second season, the team set the school records for goals in a season, points in a season and draw controls in a season. Yale also beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2010.
In LaGrow's two seasons in New Haven, Yale has had one All-Region honoree, one All-ECAC honoree and six All-Ivy League honorees (one first team, one second team, four honorable mention). Additionally, Yale earned IWLCA Academic Squad recognition in 2016 and 2017, and has had a total of 19 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selections.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, LaGrow spent seven years as an assistant coach at Florida. She helped the Gators make five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, win five regular season conference championships and win three conference tournament championships. She also has a gold medal from the Women's World Cup during her time playing with the National Team.
Brown (4-2, 0-1 Ivy League) fell to No. 16 Princeton 12-10 in the Ivy League opener two weeks ago, but has bounced back with a pair of non-league wins -- 15-14 at Bryant and 20-10 vs. Monmouth. Two newcomers are fueling the Bears' offense. Midfielder Risa Mosenthal, a freshman, is fourth in the Ivy League in goals per game (3.83) and sixth in points per game (4.17). Midfielder Caroline Zaffino, a transfer from Boston College, is seventh in the league in goals per game (3.00) and ninth in points per game (3.60). Zaffino is averaging 6.20 draw controls per game, third in the league.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity