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Yale Visits Harvard Sunday

Izzy Nixon. (photo by Steve Musco,
Izzy Nixon. (photo by Steve Musco,

Yale at Harvard Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale takes on archrival Harvard this Sunday (1:00 p.m., ESPN+), as both teams are seeking their first Ivy League win of the season.

Bulldogs Fall at Brown

Yale (4-3, 0-2 Ivy League) fell at Brown 14-11 in its last game (Mar. 16). The Bulldogs had a 7-6 halftime lead, but Brown went on an 8-1 run from the 26:26 mark to the 12:05 mark in the second half to take control. Sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.) had four goals and four assists.

Offense Among Best in League

Yale is second in the Ivy League in goals per game (14.00), assists per game (6.86), points per game (20.86) and shooting percentage (.436). The Bulldogs rank 10th nationally in assists per game.

Accurate Bulldogs

Yale has three players with 15 or more shots this season who are shooting .500 or better: first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) (.590, 39 shots), first-year attacker Rachel Anderson (Baltimore, Md.) (.500, 18 shots) and sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) (.500, 16 shots).

Goalie Tandem

Yale has split the goalkeeping chores almost equally this season. Sophomore Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.) has started every game, but first year Clare Boone (Stewartstown, Pa.) has come on in relief in six of those games. Drake has totaled 253:38 while Boone is at 165:46.

Gollob on Pace for Big Season

With 23 goals in seven games, first-year midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.) is on pace to score 49 goals. That would be the most by a Yale player since 2007, when Lauren Taylor '08 scored 65 goals. It would tie for the 10th-most goals in a season by a Bulldog.

Gollob, a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep, is in Ezra Stiles College.

Higgins Among Leaders

Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) is third in the Ivy League in caused turnovers per game (1.86) and tied for fourth in ground balls per game (2.86). She is second on the team in assists  and fourth on the team in points (8-11-19).

A member of the National Honor Society at Shoreham-Wading River High School, Higgins is in Silliman College at Yale.

Nixon Still Leads Nation, Holds Ivy League Draw Controls Record

Senior attacker Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), Yale's captain, leads the nation in draw controls per game (11.86). Earlier this year she broke the Ivy League career draw controls record, getting her 296th after the Bulldogs' 13th goal in the 17-7 win vs. Canisius Mar. 10. She broke the mark of 295 set by Nicole Daniggelis '16 and tied the previous weekend by Dartmouth's Kathryn Giroux.

Nixon now has 310 career draw controls. Giroux is at 301 heading into Friday's game at Columbia.

Nixon tied the Ivy League single-game record with 19 draw controls in Yale's 18-4 win vs. Hartford Feb. 26. The mark was first established by 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 fourth in the nation in draw control percentage (.639) and eighth in draw controls per game (16.71).

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

Versatile Vaughn

First-year attacker Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.) is the lone Bulldog who is in double figures in both ground balls (16, second on the team) and draw controls (13, second on the team). She also has five goals and five assists.

A graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, Vaughn is in Trumbull College at Yale.

Scouting Harvard

Harvard (4-4, 0-1 Ivy League) has been alternating wins and losses all season long. The Crimson is coming off a 15-6 loss at No. 4 Syracuse this past Tuesday. Harvard's only Ivy League game so far was an 11-5 loss at Cornell. The Crimson averages 9.5 goals per game -- eighth in the Ivy League -- but has one of the league's top goal scorers in attacker Keeley MacAfee (2.63 goals per game, eighth).

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity