Oct. 23, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale concluded its preseason with an exhibition game against McGill Sunday afternoon at Ingalls Rink, topping the Martlets 1-0 on a goal by Deena Caplette. Sarah Love made 18 saves for the shutout. The Bulldogs scrimmaged Princeton on Saturday, skating to a 2-2 tie on goals by Sheila Zingler and Jenna Spring with Shivon Zilis getting the start in net.
"Obviously we have some work to do, but for only having been on the ice for a week of practice I was pleasantly surprised and happy with what we did," said head coach Hilary Witt of the weekend's work. Witt's weekend began Friday night with her induction into Northeastern's Hall of Fame.
The Bulldogs return their top line intact in Deena Caplette, Kristin Savard and Sheila Zingler. That trio was playing particularly well at the end of last season, combining for 10 goals and 10 assists in the final seven games. This season they will be looked to for stability as Yale brings along five freshmen forwards, including two (Kristen Stupay and Sarah Tittman) who were on the second line with Jenna Spring Sunday.
"The Zingler-Caplette-Savard line is clicking," Witt said. "The freshmen are getting it fast, which is important because we have a lot of them. Jenna Spring is playing very well."
Sunday's game also featured another freshman, defenseman Carlee Ness, picking up an assist along with Savard on the Caplette goal. It was Ness' 18th birthday.
Yale opens the regular season against Quinnipiac Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first game of the Nutmeg Classic.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity