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Higgins Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.), who helped the Yale women's lacrosse team to a pair of wins last week, has been named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. The league announced the award on Monday.

Higgins had a busy week at both ends of the field, starting with her eight-caused turnover, eight-ground ball day vs. Niagara in a 17-10 Yale win Thursday at Reese Stadium. In Sunday's 17-7 win vs. Canisius she had six points (1-5-6) along with a pair of caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. 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 was a US Lacrosse All-Academic selection in 2016 and 2017. She was a five-year starter and two-year captain for the lacrosse team at Shoreham-Wading River. She also played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets 2017 Blue.

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.

Yale visits Brown Saturday at Noon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity