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Ivy League Play Starts Saturday at No. 12 Penn

Devon Doheny. (photo by Steve Musco,
Devon Doheny. (photo by Steve Musco,

Yale at Penn Saturday, 1:00 p.m.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The challenge of Ivy League play starts for the Yale women's lacrosse team on Saturday with a visit to No. 12 Penn (1:00 p.m., ESPN+), the defending Ivy League co-champions. The Bulldogs enter the game with a two-game winning streak, having outscored their last two opponents 36-11.

Bulldogs Cruise Past Hartford

Yale (2-1, 0-0 Ivy League) heads to Penn buoyed by two straight decisive wins. The most recent was an 18-4 victory over Hartford at Reese Stadium on Tuesday -- a day earlier than originally scheduled, due to the storm in the weather forecast for Wednesday. Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) and first-year attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) both had hat tricks, and a total of 11 different Bulldogs scored. Yale outshot the Hawks 53-7 and won 22 of 24 draw controls.

Record Day for Nixon

Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, tied the Ivy League record with 19 draw controls in Yale's 18-4 win vs. Hartford Tuesday. Nixon got her 19th draw after the final goal of the game, tying the mark established by Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux Mar. 21, 2018. The NCAA record is 24, set by Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.

Nixon is leading the NCAA in draw controls per game (13.00). She is coming off a season in which she led the Ivy League in draw controls per game (8.67), setting the Yale draw control record (130).

Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.

First Years Among Ivy League Scoring Leaders

Two Yale first years, midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) and attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.), are among the Ivy League scoring leaders. Gollob is third in goals per game (3.67) and Penoyer is tied for eighth (2.67). Penoyer is tied for ninth in the league in points per game (3.67).

Dominant Defensive Effort

Yale allowed only four goals against Hartford this past Tuesday -- the fewest goals the Bulldogs have allowed in a game since beating Niagara 13-4 Mar. 13, 2017. They did not allow any shots in the first half and allowed only seven for the game. Sophomore Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.) and first year Clare Boone (Stewartstown, Pa.) split time in goal for the second game in a row.

Scouting Penn

Penn (3-0, 0-0 Ivy League) has already won two games by double-digit margins and has an 11-10 overtime win vs. No. 17 Johns Hopkins. The Quakers, picked for second in the Ivy League preseason poll, shared the Ivy title with Princeton last season as both teams went 6-1 in Ivy play. They return five All-Ivy honorees -- including a pair of IWLCA All-Americans in midfielder Erin Barry and attacker Gabby Rosenzweig. Rosenzweig leads the team in goals and points (9-9-18).

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity