Yale at Brown Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a pair of non-league wins, Ivy League play resumes Saturday for the Yale women's lacrosse team, as the Bulldogs head to Brown (12:00, ESPN+).
Bulldogs Sweep Week at Reese
Yale (4-2, 0-1 Ivy League) won a pair of games vs. MAAC teams at Reese Stadium last week, besting Niagara 17-10 and Canisius 17-7.
The Bulldogs broke open a 5-5 game with Niagara by scoring the final five goals of the first half, and the Purple Eagles got no closer than four the rest of the way. First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) had five goals and four assists.
Yale jumped out to a 9-1 lead on Canisius last Sunday and never looked back. First-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) had six goals and an assist.
Higgins Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Higgins had a busy week at both ends of the field, starting with her nine-caused turnover, eight-ground ball day vs. Niagara in a 17-10 Yale win. In the 17-7 win vs. Canisius she had six points (1-5-6) along with a pair of caused turnovers and a ground ball.
For the season Higgins is second in the Ivy League in caused turnovers per game (2.17) and fourth in ground balls per game (3.00).
Higgins, a member of the National Honor Society in high school, is in Silliman College at Yale. She is the first Yale player to earn an Ivy League weekly award this season.
Offense Among Best in League
Yale is second in the Ivy League in goals per game (14.50), assists per game (6.67) and points per game (21.17).
Yale is averaging only 13.33 turnovers per game. That is the best figure in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs had a season-best nine turnovers vs. Hartford.
Nixon Sets Ivy League Draw Controls Record
Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, set the Ivy League career draw controls record Sunday, getting her 296th after the Bulldogs' 13th goal in the 17-7 win. She broke the mark of 295 set by Nicole Daniggelis '16 and tied the previous weekend by Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux. She finished the day with 297 for her career.
Nixon leads the NCAA in draw controls per game (11.67). No other player is averaging more than 10.43 draws per game. She has at least six draw controls in every game this season.
Nixon tied the Ivy League 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 Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.
Thanks largely to Nixon's work, Yale is seventh in the nation in draw control percentage (.635) and draw controls per game (16.50).
Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.
First Years Among Ivy Goal Leaders
Two Yale first years, midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) and attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.), are among the Ivy League leaders in goals scored per game. Gollob is tied for fourth (3.33) and Penoyer is eighth (2.83). Cornell and Princeton also have two players in the top eight, but none of those players are rookies.
Gollob, a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, is in Ezra Stiles College. Penoyer, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, is in Saybrook College.
Brown (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League) has dropped three games in a row, including a 15-11 loss to Dartmouth to start Ivy League play two weeks ago. The Bears have given up 14 or more goals in four of their last five games. They lead the league in caused turnovers per game (11.50), led by midfielder Mason Warble (12 CTs in six games). Attacker Risa Mosenthal is the team's top scorer, leading the Ivy League in goals per game (4.33).
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity