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Win Streak Snapped by Canisius, 10-9 in 3OT

(photo by Steve Musco,
(photo by Steve Musco,

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Midfielder Marissa Malvaso's goal with 4:37 left in the third overtime lifted Canisius to a 10-9 victory over the Yale women's lacrosse team Sunday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex, snapping the Bulldogs' four-game winning streak. Yale had trailed 9-5 before reeling off four goals in a span of 4:08 late in the second half to force overtime.

Yale (4-1, 0-0 Ivy League), coming off a 16-15 overtime win vs. Harvard last Saturday, had leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 on Sunday before the Golden Griffins scored two goals in the final 5:47 of the first half --both from Malvaso -- to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.

Canisius (2-4, 0-0 MAAC) built on that lead for most of the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 4-1 in the first 17 minutes. But Yale eventually rallied thanks to some contributions from the bench. First-year midfielder Olivia Markert made the most of her debut, assisting on a goal by senior attacker Maggie Pizzo at 6:37 and then scoring her first collegiate goal at 6:15. Senior attacker Katie Smith, seeing her first game action of 2018, then set up goals by senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna and sophomore midfielder Barrett Carlson that tied the score 9-9.

Senior goalie Sydney Marks stopped a last-second shot by Canisius in regulation to send the game to overtime, where the Golden Griffins got the opening draw but sent one shot wide and had another saved by Marks. Canisius goalie Rebecca VanLaeken then turned aside a pair of Yale shots, but Marks denied midfielder Jen Reininger with a minute left. VanLaeken's save on a Smith shot in heavy traffic in the final seconds sent the game to a second overtime.

Marks made three saves in the second overtime, including a pair in the final 30 seconds, to keep the game going. But Canisius won the opening draw in the third overtime -- just the sixth draw control of the game for the Golden Griffins. Attacker Jourdan Roemer drove in at the top of the fan, drew a double-team and fed Malvaso in the middle. Malvaso pump-faked once before shooting one low past Marks.

Marks finished with 16 saves, the most she has made in a game since stopping 16 Apr. 8, 2017 at Columbia. Her career high is 19.

Junior attacker Izzy Nixon led Yale with 12 draw controls and had an assist. Senior midfielder Emily Granger had a pair of goals, and the Bulldogs also got goals from Carlson, Gramigna, Markert, Pizzo, Smith, first-year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel and junior midfielder Addie Zinsner. First-year midfielder Sam Higgins and junior defender Eliot Schulte led the team with three ground balls.

This was Yale's longest game since a four-overtime 11-10 loss at Johns Hopkins in 2000. The Bulldogs play at Niagara Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity