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Burgess, Nixon and Zinsner Honored with Team Awards

Izzy Nixon, Addie Zinsner and Hannah Burgess.
Izzy Nixon, Addie Zinsner and Hannah Burgess.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team honored three players with team awards Tuesday at the post-season luncheon in the Varsity Room at Ray Tompkins House. Junior defender Hannah Burgess (Wilmette, Ill.) won the Most Improved Player Award, senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) received the Bowditch Award as the team's most valuable player and senior Addie Zinsner (Alexandria, Va.) received the Holgate Award for dedication.

The Most Improved Player Award, which is determined by a team vote, caps a memorable season for Burgess. Her off-season work paid dividends, as she earned a starting role for the first time in her career. She appeared in 14 games (10 starts) in 2019 after appearing in a combined total of four games her first two years.

Burgess made her first career start on Mar. 10, a 17-7 win vs. Canisius, and had a pair of ground balls. She finished the season with 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Burgess is in Timothy Dwight College at Yale and is a graduate of Loyola Academy. She played for Illinois Elite.

Nixon, Yale's captain, was honored multiple times on Tuesday. In addition to the Bowditch Award -- which is named after Barbara Bowditch, the coach of Yale's first varsity team (1976), and determined by a team vote -- she also earned second team All-Ivy League recognition.

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. She finished her career with 381 draws in 56 games (6.8 per game), third-best in NCAA history and best among Ivy League players.

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).

Last month Nixon was selected in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League Draft -- the first Yale player ever selected. She and will play for the WPLL's Command this summer before beginning work in investment banking with Morgan Stanley.

A graduate of Greenwich Academy, Nixon played for the CT Grizzlies. She is a political science major in Pierson College.

A career year helped Zinsner earn the Holgate Award, given to the player whose dedication to the ideals of Yale and to the success of women's lacrosse measure up to the standards set by James G. "Gib" Holgate, a member of the Yale athletic administration from 1954 to 1985. It is determined by a team vote.

Zinsner set career highs in goals, assists and points (19-3-22) this season. That included a career-high five goals in Yale's 17-11 win vs. UConn Apr. 10.

Following graduation, Zinsner will move to Richmond, Va., where she will participate in the Virginia Governor's Fellows program.  As one of approximately 20 graduating seniors and graduate students selected for the highly competitive fellowship, she will work in the state Capitol and experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Zinsner is a double major in history and political science in Jonathan Edwards College. She is a graduate of Georgetown Visitation and played for Capital Lacrosse 2015 Blue. Her brother, Teddy Zinsner, plays golf for Yale.

The team award winners helped Yale continue showing signs of improvement in the fourth season under Erica Bamford, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs set the school record for draw controls (243) and finished with the fourth-most assists (89) and points (277) in Yale history. They improved their goals-per-game average by 17 percent compared to the previous season.

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