October 6, 2007

Yale And Dartmouth Play Scoreless Tie

Oct. 6, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Erik Geiger made seven saves to post his second consecutive shutout as Yale and Dartmouth played a scoreless tie in the Ivy League opener for both teams at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs (1-4-2) are unbeaten in their last three games.

Geiger's best save of the game came midway through the first half when he dove to his left to deflect Craig Henderson's left-footed blast from just outside the box. Geiger was coming off a 12-save effort against sixth-ranked Boston College on Sept. 26 which earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors.

"Erik was fantastic again," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "He is really starting to show what he can truly do."

Neither team had too many quality scoring chances in the first half, but Yale started the second half strong. Tyler Guse, Eric Meyer, and Kevin Pope all had shots blocked by the Dartmouth defense in the first 11 minutes, and Big Green goalkeeper Sean Milligan made his only save of the game on a James Craig shot.

The Big Green (6-2-2) picked up its play later in the half. Dani Rothenberg had an excellent scoring chance with four minutes left in regulation, but Geiger stopped his hard shot from the right wing.

Both teams had chances late in the second 10-minute overtime period. Guse was pulled down just outside the box with a little over a minute remaining. His direct kick, though, deflected off a Dartmouth defender and went over the crossbar. The Bulldogs couldn't capitalize on the ensuing corner kick.

Rothernberg had another chance in the final seconds but was again thwarted by Geiger.

"Given the fact that we were missing three starters, I thought our guys gave a really good effort," Tompkins said. "We played with a lot of spirit and worked really hard. Dartmouth is a quality team, and we matched their effort. The game could have gone either way."

The Big Green outshot Yale 17-8 in the game, including 3-1 in the two overtimes.

"In the big picture, a tie in our first Ivy game of the season is a result we can live with," Tompkins said.

The Bulldogs are back at home on Tuesday night when they host Army at 7 p.m. Yale returns to Ivy action next Saturday, hosting Cornell at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity