Bulldogs Blank Columbia, 5-0

Oct. 31, 2003

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Yale needed just one save -- made by backup goalie Kate Crandall -- to shut out Columbia 5-0 in New York. The Bulldogs got goals from five different players, including three off of penalty corners, and improved to 4-2 in the Ivy League.

Meredith Howell opened the scoring with 14:49 left in the first half, assisted by Sarah Driscoll on a penalty corner. A penalty corner also set up Yale's second goal, with Fran Gardner knocking in a rebound with 8:38 left in the first.

Meredith Hudson then converted another penalty corner for a 3-0 lead at 32:03 of the second half, as she blasted one home on assists by Driscoll and Jana Halfon. Elizabeth Topp added a goal with 25:28 left, giving the Elis a comfortable 4-0 lead. With 7:24 to play, Crandall came on in relief of starter Krissy Nesburg. Making her varsity debut, she made a diving save on a Columbia penalty corner with 3:39 to play to preserve the shutout. By then, Halfon had extended Yale's lead to 5-0 with a goal at 5:01, and the Bulldogs soon celebrated their third shutout of the season. In addition to Crandall, the game also marked the varsity debut of fellow sophomore Hiromi Yoshida.

"It was a good win for us, with everyone contributing," said head coach Ainslee Lamb. "We're one step closer to reaching our goal."

The Bulldogs travel to Fairfield next Tuesday for a 3:30 pm game, their second-to-last game of the regular season.

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