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No. 10 Towson Wins Defensive Battle, 9-4

Kiwi Comizio. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kiwi Comizio. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Holding No. 10 Towson to its second-lowest goal total of the season turned out not to be enough for the Yale women's lacrosse team Friday afternoon at Reese Stadium, as the Tigers' defense carried them to a 9-4 win over the Bulldogs.

Seeking to knock off a ranked opponent for the third time this season, Yale was within a goal after senior attacker Maggie Pizzo scored at the 28:58 mark of the second. But Towson held the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way, scoring four goals to put the game out of reach.

Entering the game, only No. 1 Stony Brook had held Towson (8-2, 0-0 CAA) to less than 13 goals in a game; the Seawolves beat them 13-8 Mar. 17. Yale (7-4, 2-1 Ivy League) got seven saves from senior goalie Sydney Marks en route to limiting the Tigers to a .375 shooting performance -- well below their shooting percentage in their nine previous games (.508, second in the nation). But the Bulldogs could not solve Towson's defense, and had two stretches of more than 19 minutes in which they did not score.

The first of those came after first-year midfielder Olivia Markert gave Yale a 1-0 lead at 24:27 of the first. She now has at least one goal in seven straight games, and eight goals in the last three games.

Towson answered with a 4-0 run, and would never concede the lead after that. First-year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel set up sophomore midfielder Barrett Carlson for a goal at 5:26 and then scored one of her own less than a minute later, but Towson tacked on another goal late in the first to take a 5-3 lead into halftime. After Pizzo's goal in the second, the Tigers got goals from four different players as part of the 4-0 run that sealed the win.

Yale won the draw control battle 11-3, getting five draws each from senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna and junior attacker Izzy Nixon. Senior midfielder Emily Granger had a team-best four caused turnovers.

This was the final non-league game of the regular season for Yale, which hosts Columbia Saturday Apr. 7 in a game that can be seen on ESPN3 in addition to the Ivy League Network.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity