Leonoff Stops 52 in Loss at No. 9 Mercyhurst

Aleca Hughes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Aleca Hughes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lakers Top Bulldogs 9-1

ERIE, Pa. – Seven different players scored goals as No. 9 Mercyhurst topped Yale 9-1 in women's hockey action Friday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Freshman goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 52 saves for the Bulldogs after coming on in relief of senior Genny Ladiges seven minutes into the game.

Mercyhurst (7-2-0) knocked Ladiges out of the game by scoring two times in the first 45 seconds and four times in the first seven minutes, including a pair of goals from forward Lauren Jones. The Lakers then increased their lead to 5-0 on a short-handed goal by forward Christine Bestland, one of two short-handed goals for Mercyhurst in the game.

Freshman forward Stephanie Mock got Yale (1-9-0) on the scoreboard at 14:31 of the first with a power play goal, assisted by senior forward Aleca Hughes and sophomore forward Jackie Raines. Mock now leads the Bulldogs in scoring (2-4-6).

The second period saw the Lakers score just once on 18 shots, but in the third they broke the game open by outshooting Yale 285 and scoring three more goals. Forward Bailey Bram had a pair in a span of just over six minutes, finishing with a four-point game (2-2-4)

Mercyhurst goalie Hillary Pattenden made 14 saves before giving way to Amanda Makela, who made five stops in the final period.

The same two teams play again Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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