Topp's Hat Trick Leads Bulldogs Over Vermont
Oct. 24, 2004
Yale (6-8, 1-4 Ivy) snapped a three game skid on Sunday with a 4-0 shut out of Vermont Catamounts (2-12) on Johnson Field. Elizabeth Topp led the Bulldogs in scoring, notching three consecutive goals to get the hat trick. Freshman Catherine Lindroth scored her first career goal, which also was the game winner for the Bulldogs.
Yale quickly gained possession of the ball shortly after the opening pass back. Lindroth put the Bulldogs on the board 6:41 into the game, guiding a picture perfect pass from fellow freshman Harriet Thayer past Catamount net minder Ariel Eber.
Less than two minutes later, Topp began her scoring run of the day, scoring her first goal 8:29 into play off of a Lindroth assist. Yale ended the half leading 2-0.
The game's momentum quickly shifted to the Catamounts after the halftime break. However, Yale's defense maintained the shut out. Anchored by goaltender Kate Crandall, Yale's defense of Captain Chrissy Hall, Meredith Hudson, Emily Palilonis and Heather Orrico successfully defended five Vermont penalty corners.
Yale's offense recovered and Topp gave the Bulldogs some extra insurance at 48:51, giving Harriet Thayer her second assist of the game. Topp completed her hat trick at 51:10 after receiving a pass from Sarah Driscoll, the 2003 Ivy leader in assists.
Bulldog goaltender Kate Crandall had nine saves on the day to earn her first career shutout at Yale. Yale outshot the Catamounts 16-11.
"The team demonstrated great character today," said Head Coach Ainslee Lamb after the contest. "We had a disappointing loss yesterday, but they really proved themselves today with this fantastic team win."
Yale's next contest is at home Friday evening against Ivy rival Columbia.