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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team has enjoyed quite a home field advantage this season, posting a 4-1 record at Reese Stadium that includes a pair of wins vs. teams that were nationally ranked. The Bulldogs still have four regular season home games left, including three in a row starting with a visit from Marist Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (Ivy League Network).
No. 21 CORNELL HANDS YALE FIRST IVY LEAGUE LOSS
Yale (6-3, 2-1 Ivy League) is coming off its first Ivy League loss. A late comeback attempt by the Bulldogs fell short against Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday, as the Big Red held on for a 13-8 win after leading by as many as eight goals. Seven different Bulldogs scored, led by a pair of goals from first-year midfielder Olivia Markert. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Marks made 12 saves.
OFFENSE STILL ROLLING
Last year, Yale set the school record for goals (205). Despite graduating the top two goal-scorers from that team, the Bulldogs are averaging nearly as many goals per game this year (12.67) as they did last year (12.81). They have six players who have scored 10 or more goals, which matches last season's total.
NEW CONTRIBUTORS ON DEFENSE
After graduating four starting defenders from last year's team, the Bulldogs have seen new contributors step up in key roles this season. Senior defender Taryn Gallagher (Haverford, Pa.), a converted midfielder, is tied for second on the team in caused turnovers with eight. Sophomore defender Margaret Stover (West Simsbury, Conn.) is second on the team in ground balls with 16 and tied for second in caused turnovers with eight. Stover made five starts last season and already has nine starts this year.
Yale started this season 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2002. Yale started that season 7-1 overall and 3-0 in Ivy play.
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 second on the team in draw controls with 29, leads in ground balls with 17 and has 12 goals. She is shooting .600 (12-for-20), best among Bulldogs with 12 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.
BREAKTHROUGH CAMPAIGN FOR GRANGER
Senior midfielder Emily Granger (Grasonville, Md.) is already having a career-best year in multiple categories. She leads the Bulldogs in points (15-8-23), is second in assists and tied for second in goals. She has career highs in goals, assists, points and draw controls (21, third on the team).
Granger is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Berkeley College. She has volunteered for organizations including Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Her parents were both varsity athletes at Furman.
NIXON CONTROLS DRAWS
The Bulldogs rely heavily on junior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), starting with her excellence on the draw. Through Mar. 22 she led the nation in draw controls per game (10.00), and she has at least 10 draws in six of nine games this year. She is a big reason why Yale as a team was fourth nationally and first in the Ivy League in draw controls per game through Mar. 22 (17.63). Nixon also contributes offensively, as she is second on the team in points (15-7-22) and third 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. She finished 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).
CARLSON EMERGES AS A TEAM LEADER
Sophomore midfielder Barrett Carlson (St. Louis, Mo.) has emerged as one of the leaders of Yale's offense. She leads the team in goals and is tied for fourth in points (16-2-18). She has already appeared in more games this season (nine) than last season (seven), when she scored three goals and had one assist.
Carlson is in Saybrook College at Yale. She is a graduate of John Burroughs, where she was team captain as a junior and senior. Her mother, Cathy Yates Carlson, is also an Ivy Leaguer (Harvard Class of 1988).
DUPERROUZEL MAKES INSTANT IMPACT
First-year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel (Fairfax Station, Va.) has quickly taken on a key role in Yale's offense. She is tied for the team lead in goals and is tied for third in points (15-4-19). She has a goal in six of nine games, and has the second-best shooting percentage (.481) among Bulldogs with 12 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.
HIGGINS CONTRIBUTES AT BOTH ENDS OF THE FIELD
First-year midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) has found multiple ways to contribute this season. She is tied for second on the team in caused turnovers (eight) and is third on the team in ground balls (15). She is also third on the team in points (11-9-20) and leads the team in assists.
Higgins was a two-time all-county selection at Shoreham-Wading River, where she was a five-year starter. She is a member of the National Honor Society. At Yale, she is in Silliman College.
MARKS IN GOAL
Senior Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.) is second in the Ivy League in saves per game (8.67). She has totaled 72 saves in the last seven games, including a season-high 16 at Canisius and 11 in the 14-9 upset of then-No. 19 UMass. She had seven total saves in the first two games. Her save percentage is .433.
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 four 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 but falling to then-No. 3 Boston College 13-9 Mar. 20 and then-No. 21 Cornell 13-8 Mar. 24.
Three of Yale's six remaining opponents in the regular season were ranked in the top 25 of the latest IWLCA poll:
- No. 6 Penn
- No. 10 Towson
- No. 19 Princeton
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 many 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 first two seasons in New Haven, Yale 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.
Marist (4-3, 0-0 MAAC) has won two in a row after a three-game losing streak, but the Red Foxes have not played a game since Mar. 17. This is their last non-league game before they start conference play with a game vs. Monmouth Saturday.
Five-foot-one attacker Morgan Jaycox leads the Red Foxes in points (11-14-25). Midfielder Hailey Wagner has a team-nest 66 draw controls. Goalie Delaney Galvin has a .500 save percentage and a 11.99 goals-against average.
In last year's meeting between these two teams, Yale pulled away with a 5-0 run late in the second half to seal a 19-10 win. Junior attacker Izzy Nixon had six goals, two assists and six draw controls. Senior midfielder Lily Smith added four goals, an assist and four ground balls.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity