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Bulldogs Travel to Towson

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

Yale at Towson Saturday, 3:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team heads to Towson this Saturday (3:00 p.m., Towson Sports Network), looking to improve to 5-1 in non-league games. The game is the second half of a doubleheader at Johnny Unitas Stadium that also includes the Towson men's team -- ranked No. 10 in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll -- taking on Hofstra.

Bulldogs Fall at Harvard

Last time out Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy League) fell 18-8 at Harvard. The Bulldogs were within one, 6-5, with 28:39 to play but could not overcome the ensuing 8-0 Crimson run. First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) had a hat trick and sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) had three points (2-1-3).

Maryland Natives

Yale's trip to Maryland for the game at Towson will be a homecoming of sorts for the four Bulldogs from the Old Line State:

  • First-year attacker Rachel Anderson (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh)
  • First-year midfielder Kenya Boston (Baltimore, Md./Park School of Baltimore)
  • First-year attacker Anna Bowers (Sandy Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel)
  • Sophomore attacker Isabelle Webster (Towson, Md./McDonogh)

Youth is Served

Yale's first-year class has accounted for 63 of the team's 106 goals (59 percent). The first years also have 24 of the team's 59 assists (41 percent).

Ball Control

Yale is second in the Ivy League in draw controls per game (16.38), trailing only Dartmouth (18.25). Additionally, Yale is averaging just 14.25 turnovers per game. Among Ivy League teams, only Harvard (13.56) is better in that category.

Accurate Bulldogs

Yale has three players with 15 or more shots this season who are shooting .500 or better: first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) (.568, 44 shots), first-year attacker Rachel Anderson (Baltimore, Md.) (.500, 18 shots) and sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) (.500, 16 shots).

Gollob Fourth in Ivy League in Goals per Game

With 25 goals in eight games, first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) is fourth in the Ivy League in goals per game (3.13). She is on pace to score 47 goals. That would be the most by a Yale player since 2007, when Lauren Taylor '08 scored 65 goals.

Gollob, a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, is in Ezra Stiles College.

Penoyer Among Ivy Leaders in Goals, Assists

First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) is eighth in the Ivy League in assists per game (1.38) and ninth in goals per game (4.00). She is one of just six Ivy players who are in both top 10s.

Penoyer, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, is in Saybrook College.

Higgins Contributes at Both Ends of Field

Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) is third in the Ivy League in caused turnovers per game (1.75) and fourth in ground balls per game (2.75). She is second on the team in assists and fourth on the team in points (8-12-20).

A member of the National Honor Society at Shoreham-Wading River High School, Higgins is in Silliman College at Yale.

Nixon Still Leads Nation in Draws

Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, leads the nation in draw controls per game (11.38). Earlier this year she 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 Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux.

Nixon now has 318 career draw controls, while Giroux is at 327 heading into Dartmouth's game vs. Harvard Saturday.

Nixon 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 Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.

Thanks largely to Nixon's work, Yale is fifth in the nation in draw control percentage (.626) and eighth in draw controls per game (16.5).

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

Scouting Towson

Towson (1-7, 0-0 CAA) snapped a six-game losing streak two games ago with a 17-9 win vs. Saint Joseph's, then lost to No. 24 High Point 12-8 last time out. The Tigers have played a very tough schedule, including seven teams ranked in the top 22. They are 11th nationally in caused turnovers per game (11.63), led by defenders Sami Chenoweth (1st nationally, 3.88 per game) and Olivia Conti (5th nationally, 2.88 per game). Conti had three CTs when these two teams met last season, a 9-4 Towson win.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity