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No. 15 women's lacrosse suffers 10–15 defeat to Yale in Ivy opener

McKenzie Blake wlax march 2023
Sophomore attacker McKenzie Blake had two goals and one assist in the loss against Yale.
Photo Courtesy of Brian McWalters/GoPrincetonTigers.com.

On Saturday afternoon, No. 15 women’s lacrosse (2–2 overall, 0–1 Ivy League) fell to the No. 22 Yale Bulldogs (3–1, 1–0) in their Ivy League opener by a score of 10–15. 

Although the Bulldogs had just come off a loss against No. 5 Stony Brook (4–0, 0–0 Colonial), they were able to break the Tigers’ two-game winning streak thanks to the momentum they built in the first period. The Bulldogs were aggressive on the draws, winning almost all in the first few minutes of the game. Yale capitalized off of their consistent possession and ample time in the offensive zone. Within the first three minutes of the game, Yale was up four goals to the Tigers’ zero, and Princeton would not be able to catch up for the rest of the game.

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Princeton had a breakthrough five minutes into the game when junior midfielder Samantha DeVito took a big hit while driving to the goal and was awarded a free position in front of Yale’s goal, resulting in Princeton’s first goal of the game.

The second Princeton goal of the first period came from sophomore attacker McKenzie Blake, who found the back of the net after sophomore midfielder Sarah Nelson was able to find a gap in Yale’s zone defense and assist her.

The Tigers would not be able to break through the defense again until 13 minutes into the second period, when Blake found her way around for her second goal of the game. Although first-year attacker Jami MaDonald was able to score again for the Tigers with three seconds left, the Tigers went into the second half trailing the Bulldogs 9–4.

Responding positively despite the deficit, the Tigers were able to send three unanswered goals to kick off the second half, one each for three juniors: midfielder Kari Buonanno and attackers Grace Tauckus and Ellie Mueller. The Tigers fought hard for ground balls and played tightly in a man defense, but Yale’s attacker Jenna Collignon responded with two goals for the Bulldogs, bringing her personal total to six. 

Less than two minutes later, Tauckus scored another for the Tigers, but they went into the final period down by three. Yale secured their win with four more goals in the final period. Blake and Tauckus both had one more goal each, leaving the result as a Bulldogs 15–10 win. 

Princeton will take on No. 19 Southern California (4–1, 0–0 Pac-12) at home next Friday, March 10 at noon.

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Evelyn Walsh is a staff writer for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’

Please direct any corrections requests to corrections[at]dailyprincetonian.com.

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