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No. 19 Princeton Tops Yale Despite 17 Saves from Marks

Sydney Marks. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sydney Marks. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. – A 17-save effort by senior goalkeeper Sydney Marks wound up not being enough for the Yale women's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon at No. 19 Princeton, as the Tigers' defense ruled the day in an 18-4 Princeton win.

Marks had made a career-high 19 saves two years ago at Princeton, and it was clear from the start of Saturday's game that she was in for another busy day. The Tigers outshot the Bulldogs 25-4 in the first half, including nine free position shots. Marks made 11 saves in the first, holding the Tigers to a 4-for-9 performance on free positions, but Princeton still had an 8-1 lead at halftime. First-year midfielder Olivia Markert accounted for the lone Yale goal.

Princeton (7-5, 3-1 Ivy League) extended its lead to 11-1 in the second half before Yale (7-6, 2-3 Ivy League) answered with goals from junior attacker Izzy Nixon and senior attacker Katie Smith. The Tigers then scored two more to go up 13-3 before senior midfielder Emily Granger scored. Princeton then closed out the game with a 5-0 run.

Yale entered the day in a three-way tie for the fourth and final Ivy League playoff spot, and the other two teams in that tie -- Columbia and Cornell -- lost as well, keeping the tie intact with two weekends left in the regular season. Yale plays at Dartmouth next Saturday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity