NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Trailing by seven at halftime Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium against No. 7 Princeton, the Yale women's lacrosse team started rallying -- two goals by senior attacker Tess McEvoy, plus one by junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna, gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 run and some momentum. But after a Princeton timeout the Tigers regrouped, outscoring Yale 5-1 the rest of the way and finishing with a 17-9 win. For Yale, senior attacker Hope Hanley had a pair of assists to get to 44 for the season -- a school record.
Coming off a 15-14 loss at Columbia last Saturday, Yale (7-7, 1-4 Ivy League) was looking to get back on the winning track. The first 10 minutes of the game showed that the Bulldogs could compete with the Tigers, who have won or shared the last three Ivy titles and had gone 28-3 in the league since the start of the 2013 season. Two goals by Gramigna, plus one each from Hanley and junior attacker Maggie Pizzo, gave Yale a 4-3 lead.
But Princeton (10-2, 4-0 Ivy League), which had scored 38 total goals in its last two Ivy games, eventually got its offense in gear. The Tigers ended the first half on a 9-1 run, taking a 12-5 lead into the break.
The one Yale goal in that span was a noteworthy one, though, as Hanley fed McEvoy for a tally at 12:55 that gave Hanley sole possession of the school single season assists record. The record (43) had been set by Laura Karmatz '96 in 1994.
The start of the second half gave the Bulldogs reason for hope, as they cut the deficit to four goals with 18:39 to play. But Princeton's defense -- backed by Ellie DeGarmo, who entered the game leading the nation in saves per game (12.45) and second in save percentage (.576) -- eventually clamped down, and allowed only one more goal (by Pizzo) the rest of the way. Five Princeton tallies in the final 13:04 made the final 17-9.
Gramigna and McEvoy both finished with hat tricks, while Pizzo had a pair of goals and Hanley had one. Hanley and McEvoy had two assists each, while Pizzo, junior midfielder Emily Granger and sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon had one each. Granger had a team-high four ground balls. Nixon added nine draw controls, helping Yale to a 16-12 edge in that category. Ground balls were even (22-22), and Princeton had a slight edge in shots (34-31).
Princeton was led by six points (5-1-6) from midfielder Olivia Hompe. Midfielder Anna Doherty, sister of former Yale midfielder Christina Doherty '15, had two goals and an assist. Midfielder Tess D'Orsi, sister of freshman Yale men's ice hockey player Will D'Orsi and daughter of former Yale men's ice hockey player Scott D'Orsi '90, had a goal and an assist.
DeGarmo finished with nine saves, while junior goalkeeper Sydney Marks made seven. This was just the second time all year Yale was held to fewer than 10 goals in a game. The Bulldogs remain on pace to break the school record for goals in a season, as they project out to 214 goals and the record is 204 (set in 1999).
The victory keeps the Tigers unbeaten in league play as they enter a critical week of games -- at No. 9(t) Penn and No. 8 Cornell, which is also unbeaten in league play -- that will factor heavily in deciding the Ivy League title.
Yale hosts Dartmouth next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity