NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fueled by a career-high five-goal performance from senior attacker Addie Zinsner, the Yale women's lacrosse team kept its perfect record against local rival UConn intact Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs' 17-11 win improved their record against the Huskies to 10-0.
Yale (5-6, 0-4 Ivy League) has also enjoyed a decided home field advantage this season, and Wednesday's win moved the Bulldogs to 5-1 at Reese Stadium. They took control of this game early, scoring four of the game's first five goals. That included two each from Zinsner and sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins.
UConn (2-12, 0-2 AAC) fought back midway through the first, as midfielder Sydney Watson's third goal (of four on the day for her) pulled the Huskies within 5-4. Goals by first-year midfielder Jill Gollob and Zinsner then gave the Bulldogs some breathing room heading into halftime.
Zinsner -- whose previous career high in goals was four in a 13-8 win at Quinnipiac last season -- had a pair of goals during a 4-1 Yale run at the start of the second half. That gave the Bulldogs an even bigger cushion. UConn scored three of the next four goals, and had a shot hit the post, but got no closer than three the rest of the way as Yale closed with a 5-2 run. Sophomore goalkeeper Amelia Drake, who came in for starter Clare Boone at halftime, made three saves in the second half to help seal the win.
Higgins (2-6-8) and Zinsner (5-0-5) led the Yale attack, with Gollob (3-1-4) and sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (3-0-3) adding hat tricks. Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (1-1-2), first-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (2-0-2) and first-year attacker Anna Bowers (1-0-1) also found the back of the net.
Higgins' six assists were the most by a Yale player this season, and her eight points make her one of three Bulldogs to have had at least that many points in a game (joining Markert and Penoyer).
Nixon finished the day with 14 draw controls, helping Yale to a 19-11 advantage in that category. She now has 128 draws for the season, having set the Ivy League record in that category with 130 last season.
Yale plays at Columbia Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity