Four Players Notch Hat Tricks, Nixon Gets Draws Record in 17-10 Win at Columbia

Yale celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates a goal. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW YORK – The Yale women's lacrosse team showcased its scoring depth Saturday at Columbia, as four different players had hat tricks to power the Bulldogs to a 17-10 win over the Lions. First-year attacker Olivia Penoyer led the way with an eight-point day (4-4-8), while sophomore midfielder Olivia Markert had four points (3-1-4). First-year midfielder Jill Gollob and senior attacker Addie Zinsner each had three goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Amelia Drake made 11 saves for the win, and the day was also highlighted by senior attacker Izzy Nixon setting the Ivy League single-season draw controls record.

Yale (5-6, 1-4 Ivy League) has now earned back-to-back wins and scored 17 goals in each. The Bulldogs have already surpassed their goal total from a year ago -- they are at 165 after scoring 160 in 2018. A talented first-year class has a lot to do with those improved numbers, as both Gollob (35) and Penoyer (33) have bested the 30 goal plateau. Zinsner, a senior, is coming on strong in her final year, as she now has a career-high 15 goals. That includes 10 in the last four games.

The Bulldogs put Saturday's game out of reach early, jumping out to a 9-1 lead in the first 17 minutes led by three goals from Markert. She now has at least one point in all 23 career games she has played.

Columbia (3-8, 1-4 Ivy League) regrouped and got within five (17-12) with 17:31 left in the game. But a pair of goals from Zinsner and one from her classmate Nixon extended Yale's lead to 15-7 with 9:25 to play.

Sophomore midfielder Sam Higgins scored a pair of goals late, joining Nixon (who also finished with two goals) to give Yale six different players with at least one goal. Junior midfielder Vanessa Yu assisted on the final goal, becoming the ninth Bulldog with a point.

Nixon once again led the way in the draw circle, getting eight draws to finish the day with 136 for the season -- six more than last season, when she set the Ivy League record with 130. Higgins excelled defensively, holding Columbia midfielder Lindsey Ewertsen -- the team's points leader and the 2018 Ivy League Midfielder of the Year -- to no goals and one assist.

Yale returns to action on Tuesday at No. 1 Boston College at 4:00 p.m.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity