Women's Lacrosse

Olivia Penoyer Joins DU as Graduate-Transfer


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DENVER – The University of Denver women’s lacrosse program announced today that the team has added attacker Olivia Penoyer to its roster as a graduate-transfer for the 2024 campaign.
Penoyer joins the Pioneers for another year of eligibility after spending the previous five years at Yale University. She led the Bulldogs and ranked first in the Ivy League in 2023 with a career-high 40 assists and ranked 12th nationally with 2.35 assists per game. Penoyer also added 15 goals to finish with 55 points, placing second on the squad in scoring and sixth in the Ivy League in points per game (3.24).
“I chose the University of Denver for a few reasons. One of which is for the renowned academic reputation and the incredible resources connected to the university,” Penoyer said. “Everyone I spoke to whether alumni or current students talked about how truly unique and special this school is and how they wish they could stay forever. While the school in itself has extraordinary attributes, the beaming city of Denver also drew me in. I am most excited to join such an inclusive and diverse community of Pios.”
A member of the All-Ivy League First Team the past two seasons (2022, 2023) and a 2019 All-Ivy League Honorable Mention, Penoyer broke the Yale school record for the most career assists last season, recording 106 helpers while starting in all 55 games during her Ivy League tenure. She also scored 81 goals to finish with 187 career points.
The Syracuse, New York, native helped Yale reach consecutive the Ivy League championship game in 2022 and 2023 and was named to the All-Tournament Team each season. She was recognized as a USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American Honorable Mention this past year and was twice named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll (2022, 2023).
Prior to her collegiate career, Penoyer played at Christian Brother’s Academy from 2013-2018, winning two Class A state championships (2016, 2018) and was named the New York State Tournament MVP in 2018. A two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2017, 2018), she was also a First-Team Section III All-Star in 2016 and 2017.
Off the field, Penoyer completed a 200-hour yoga certification in 2021 where she cultivated a practice around mindfulness, breathing and inclusivity, and has used the accreditation to teach and train peers, teammates and others in the community.
Penoyer graduated from Yale this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and intends to earn her master’s at DU in social work.
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