Sept. 4, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs passed their opening test of the season on Saturday with flying colors, cruising to a 3-0 victory over a Marist team that had appeared in the NCAA College Cup in each of the last two years. Things won't get any easier in game two as Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference visits Reese Stadium on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
"Boston College is a very good team in the best league in the country, and they will test us on both ends of the field," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Charlie Davies has a well-earned reputation as a dangerous goal scorer and containing him will be a key tactical goal for us."
Davies was one of 25 players placed on a watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy which is presented to the national player of the year. He has eight points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the Eagles' first three games. BC dropped its opener 2-1 in overtime to Boston University but has rebounded to defeat Maine (4-1) and St. Peter's (2-1).
Tompkins was pleased with his teams play in the opener against Marist and hopes it continues against Boston College.
"I was pleased with the attitude and application of the players and their ability to overcome a sluggish start to take a firm grip on the game," he said. "Our mobility and ball movement got better as the game went on and we were able to be consistently dangerous."
BC has beaten the Bulldogs in each of the last three years and leads the all-time series 6-3-1. Yale's last victory over the Eagles was a 2-1 decision in 1984.
The Bulldogs continue their season-opening four-game homestand this weekend when they host the E-Trade Financial Yale Classic. Yale plays George Mason on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Colgate on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity