Yale vs. Niagara Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
Yale vs. Canisius Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of MAAC teams head to Reese Stadium this week as the Yale women's lacrosse team looks to improve on its 2-0 home record. The Bulldogs host Niagara Thursday in a game that has been moved to 3:00 p.m. (ESPN+) due to the weather forecast. They host Canisius Sunday (1:00 p.m., ESPN+).
Bulldogs Coming Off Loss in Ivy Opener
Yale (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) is coming off a 15-4 loss in the Ivy League opener at Penn this past Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) scored a pair of goals, and senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.) had six draw controls. The Bulldogs allowed only four goals in the second half but could not overcome an 11-2 halftime deficit.
Yale is averaging only 13.00 turnovers per game. That is the second-best figure in the Ivy League, trailing only Harvard (12.75). The Bulldogs had a season-best nine turnovers vs. Hartford.
Nixon Leads the Nation
Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, is leading the NCAA in draw controls per game (11.25). No other player is averaging more than 9.25 draws per game. She has at least six draw controls in every game this season.
Nixon tied the Ivy League record with 19 draw controls in Yale's 18-4 win vs. Hartford Feb. 26. The mark was first established by Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux Mar. 21, 2018. The NCAA record is 24, set by Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki Feb. 28, 2015.
Thanks largely to Nixon's work, Yale is sixth in the nation in draw control percentage (.653) and ninth in draw controls per game (16.50).
Nixon is a political science major in Pierson College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.
Gollob Off to Fast Start
First-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) is already among the Ivy League leaders in goals, currently tied for fourth (3.00 goals per game). She has at least one goal in every game this season, with a high of five (vs. Quinnipiac Feb. 20). She is shooting .600.
Gollob, a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, is in Ezra Stiles College.
Vaughn Shows Versatility
First-year midfielder Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.) leads Yale in ground balls (10), is second in draw controls (11), is tied for second in caused turnovers (four) and is tied for third in assists (four).
Vaughn was a two-time US Lacrosse All-American at Concord-Carlisle High School. She is in Trumbull College at Yale.
Niagara (3-1, 0-0 MAAC) suffered its first loss of the season last Sunday, 16-12 at Ohio State. The Purple Eagles had outscored their first three opponents 44-17. Attacker Rachel MacCheyne -- an IWLCA All-Region pick last season -- leads the team in scoring (18-1-19) and draw controls (37). She is second in the NCAA in draw controls per game (9.25) and eighth in goals per game (4.5). Maren Geiger has played most of the minutes in goal, posting a .519 save percentage and an 8.43 goals-against average. She is 17th in the NCAA in save percentage.
Canisius (0-5, 0-0 MAAC) has played three ranked teams already this season, making the Golden Griffins' winless record deceptive. They went 11-9 last season, beating Yale 10-9 in triple-overtime. Attacker Jourdan Roemer leads the team in scoring (11-3-14) and is shooting .550.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity