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Nixon Makes History as First Bulldog Picked in WPLL Draft

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) made some more history Thursday night, becoming the first Yale women's lacrosse player selected in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League Spring Draft. Nixon -- who has an Ivy League-record 149 draw controls this season -- was selected by the WPLL's Command with the 23rd pick.

"Izzy Nixon has had a prolific career as one of the best draw specialists in the nation this season," said Amy Patton, the Command's head coach. "We are looking to her to be someone that will take the faceoff for us, and really try to put it to the spot we need it or win it herself, and be someone that can really get us a lot of ball possessions in games. We are excited to see how her skills will transition to the pro level."

Nixon, Yale's captain, has posted some remarkable numbers in the draw control column. Here is a look at some of her achievements:

  • Is second in the NCAA in draw controls per game (149 in 14 games, 10.64). That mark would rank third in NCAA history. Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki set the record (12.71) in 2014.
  • Has 149 draw controls, besting the Ivy League record she set last season (130). On pace for 160 draw controls this season, which would tie for 13th in NCAA history.
  • Third in NCAA history in career draw controls per game (376 in 55 games, 6.8 per game). Leads all Ivy League players in that category -- second is Dartmouth midfielder Kathryn Giroux (385 in 60 games, 6.4 per game).
  • 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 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 eighth in the nation in draw control percentage (.601) and seventh in the nation in draw controls per game (16.43).

Nixon also contributes offensively, with 57 career goals and 83 career points in 55 games. Last season she earned second team All-Region and All-Ivy League recognition and was an IWLCA Academic Squad selection. As a sophomore she was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.

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

The WPLL, which consists of five teams and 125 of the top post-collegiate female lacrosse players in the world, is entering its second season. Yale assistant coach Molly Hulseman plays for the league's Pride team. The regular season begins the first weekend of June at Gillette Stadium and continues into July.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity