November 19, 2009

Harvard, Dartmouth at Ingalls This Weekend

Bulldogs Look to Continue Winning Ways

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The women's hockey version of the Yale-Harvard rivalry gets renewed Friday night at Ingalls Rink (7 p.m.), and the Bulldogs host another rival on Saturday night when Dartmouth comes to the Whale. Both opponents are among the teams receiving votes in the national polls. Fans in town to attend The Game get in for free to the Yale-Dartmouth game Saturday at 6 p.m. with their football ticket stubs. Video of both games is available live and on demand through Yale All-Access. Audio of the game is also available at http://www.wybc.com/tempsite/sports.html.

Yale (1-5-1, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) is coming off its first win of the season, as a pair of goal from senior forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) beat Union 2-1. Murphy had a three-point weekend, and her freshman linemate Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.) had her first collegiate goal and her first collegiate assist. Those two and the third member of the line, sophomore Becky Mantell (Princeton, N.J.), combined for a +8 rating in the two games. Murphy is now tied for the team lead in goals and points (2-1-3) with junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.).

Sophomore goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) picked up the win in her first start of the season by making 15 saves Saturday. Junior Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) had started the first six games, posting a .905 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average.

Harvard (3-3-1, 3-3-0 ECAC Hockey) is coming off a 1-1 tie with New Hampshire Wednesday night. The Crimson features the No. 4 scoring defense in the country, allowing only 1.71 goals per game. Goaltender Christina Kessler is the backbone of that defense; with a 58-16-4 career record, she is five wins away from Ali Boe's school record. Kessler is ninth in the country with a .930 save percentage. Forward Kate Buesser is Harvard's leading scorer (3-5-8).

Dartmouth (2-3-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey), which plays at Brown Friday night, has been erratic offensively: four games with four or more goals, three games with one goal or less. Forwards Jenna Cunningham and  Amanda Trunzo lead the Big Green in goals with four each. No other player has scored more than two. Goalie Mariel Lacina has a .908 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity