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Higgins, Nixon and Penoyer Named All-Ivy League

Sam Higgins, Izzy Nixon and Olivia Penoyer. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sam Higgins, Izzy Nixon and Olivia Penoyer. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team had three players honored by the Ivy League on Tuesday as the league announced its year-end awards. Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) and senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) were named second team All-Ivy League, while first-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) earned honorable mention All-Ivy.

This is the first All-Ivy honor for Higgins, who had a breakthrough campaign in which she more than doubled her totals from the previous season in assists (21, tied for first on the team) and caused turnovers (20, first on the team). She also had career highs in ground balls (29, first on the team), goals (24, fourth on the team) and points (45, third on the team). She improved her shooting percentage from .412 last season to .511 this season.

Higgins, the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 4, is tied for eighth in the league in assists per game (1.21). She had some of her best performances in Ivy games, tying her career high with four goals vs. No. 10 Princeton. She also had hat tricks against Cornell and No. 19 Dartmouth.

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

This is the third All-Ivy honor for Nixon, Yale's captain. She was a second team All-Ivy League (and second team All-Region) pick last season and an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick in 2017.

Nixon set the Ivy League record for draw controls in a season (154) and tied the Ivy League record for draw controls in a game (19). She broke the Ivy League record for draw controls in a career earlier this season, getting her 296th in the game vs. Canisius on Mar. 10. She finished her career with 381 draws in 56 games (6.8), third-best in NCAA history and best among Ivy League players.

Nixon had 58 draws in Yale's seven Ivy League games, including two Ivy games in which she reached double digits (Mar. 16 at Brown and Apr. 6 vs. Cornell). She had at least five draw controls in every game.

Nixon is second in the NCAA in draw controls per game (10.27) this season. That would place her fourth in NCAA history in that category. She has helped Yale as a team to ninth in the nation in draw controls per game (16.20) and 14th in the nation in draw control percentage (.583).

A graduate of Greenwich Academy, Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She was selected in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League Draft -- the first Yale player ever selected -- and will play for the WPLL's Command this summer.

Penoyer led Yale in points (35-21-56), averaging 3.73 points per game -- 10th in the Ivy League and best among Ivy rookies. She had a streak of eight straight multiple-point games that started with a season-high nine points (5-4-9) in the 17-10 win vs. Niagara Mar. 7. Her 14 goals, nine assists and 23 points in Ivy games led Yale and included four-goal games vs. Columbia (Apr. 13) and Cornell (Apr. 6) and a hat trick vs. Harvard (Mar. 24).

Penoyer had eight points (4-4-8) in the 17-10 win at Columbia, helping her earn Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Apr. 8.

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

With help from its All-Ivy League honorees, Yale finished the 2019 season with a school-record 243 draw controls along with the fourth-best assist (89) and points (277) totals in Yale history. The Bulldogs' 188 goals ranked eighth on the all-time list. Their improvement from last season was notable, including a 17 percent increase in goals per game (to 12.53) and a 57 percentage point improvement in shooting percentage (to .439).

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity)

 

2019 IVY LEAGUE AWARDS

 

ATTACKER OF THE YEAR
* Elizabeth George, Princeton (Sr., A – Lutherville, Md.) 

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Erin Barry, Penn (Jr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.) 

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Nonie Andersen, Princeton (Sr., D – Glenview, Ill.) 

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Sam Fish, Princeton (So., G – San Diego Calif.)

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Danielle Spencer, Dartmouth
Chris Sailer, Princeton

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Risa Mosenthal, Brown (So., A – Campton, N.H.) 
Caroline Allen, Cornell (Jr., A – Ardmore, Pa.) 
Kierra Sweeney, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Oakton, Va.) 
Keeley MacAfee, Harvard (Sr., A – Needham, Mass.) 
* Gabby Rosenzweig, Penn (Jr., A – Somers, N.Y.) 
Zoe Belodeau, Penn (So., A – Potomac Falls, Va.) 
* Elizabeth George, Princeton (Sr., A – Lutherville, Md.) 
* Kyla Sears, Princeton (So., A – Skaneateles, N.Y.) 
* Lindsey Ewertsen, Columbia (Sr., M – Montclair, N.J.) 
Elizabeth Mastrio, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Wilbraham, Mass.) 
* Kathryn Giroux, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Summit, N.J.) 
* Erin Barry, Penn (Jr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.) 
Mary Kate Bonanni, Cornell (Jr., D – Liverpool, N.Y.) 
Katy Junior, Penn (Sr., D – Wayne, Pa.) 
Nonie Andersen, Princeton (Sr., D – Glenview, Ill.) 
Sam Fish, Princeton (So., G – San Diego Calif.)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Kellen D'Alleva, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Manhasset, N.Y.) 
Grace Hulslander, Harvard (Fr., A – Jamesville, N.Y.)
Tess D'Orsi, Princeton (Jr., A – Sudbury, Mass.) 
Izzy Nixon, Yale (Sr., A – Greenwich, Conn.) 
Zoe Verni, Brown (Sr., M – Mamaroneck, N.Y.) 
Ellie Walsh, Cornell (So., M – Bronxville, N.Y.) 
Katie Bourque, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Ridgewood, N.J.) 
Abby Bosco, Penn (So., M – Suffern, N.Y.) 
Kathryn Hallett, Princeton (Sr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.) 
Sam Higgins, Yale (So., M – Shoreham, N.Y.) 
Mason Warble, Brown (So., D – Bronxville, N.Y.) 
Claire Marshall, Dartmouth (So., D – New Canaan, Conn.) 
Shea Jenkins, Harvard (Fr., D – Newburyport, Mass.)
Chelsea Kibler, Penn (Jr., D – Leonardtown, Md.) 
Alex Argo, Princeton (Sr., D – Baltimore, Md.) 
Mikaila Cheeseman, Penn (Jr., G – Suffern, N.Y.) 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Emma DeGennaro, Brown (Jr., A – Huntington, N.Y.) 
Alexandria Absey, Columbia (So., A – Ridgewood, N.J.) 
Ellie Carson, Dartmouth (Jr., A – Alexandria, Va.) 
Olivia Penoyer, Yale (Fr., A – Manlius, N.Y.) 
Grace Paletta, Cornell (So., M – Greenwich, Conn.) 
Caroline Garrity, Harvard (Sr., M – Lynnfield, Mass.) 
Michaela McMahon, Penn (Fr., M – Bardonia, N.Y.)
Erin Schafer, Brown (Fr., M – Pleasanton, Calif.) 
Alyssa Adamo, Columbia (Jr., D – Bohemia, N.Y.) 
Taylor Lis, Cornell (Jr., D – Princeton, N.J.) 
Colleen Burke, Harvard (Sr., D – Westwood, Mass.) 
Marge Donovan, Princeton (So., D – Catonsville, Md.) 
Erin Tucker, Brown (Fr., G – Centerport, N.Y.) 
Katie McGahan, Cornell (Jr., G – Atlanta, Ga.) 
Kiera Vrindten, Dartmouth (Jr., G – Warren, N.J.) 

* Unanimous Selection