No. 8 Princeton Tops Yale 3-1

Nov. 5, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Forward Lizzie Keady had a goal and an assist to lead No. 8 Princeton to a 3-1 win over Yale Sunday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Tigers withstood a first period in which the Bulldogs enjoyed an 11-5 shot advantage but could not get one by goaltender Kristen Young, who finished the game with 24 saves. Freshman forward Denise Soesilo had Yale's only goal.

Yale came out strong, getting the first four shots on goal of the game, but Princeton eventually bounced back thanks to Bulldog penalties. On the first Tiger power play a shot by forward Annie Greenwood hit the post and bounced out. Yale junior goaltender Shivon Zilis then made a pad save on a shot from the point by defenseman Laura Watt, covering up the rebound to avoid any further trouble.

Princeton finally broke through on the power play 1:55 before the first intermission. Forward Marykate Oakley slid one along the ice past Zilis' outstretched right leg off an assist from forward Kim Pearce.

"In the first period, our penalty killing was not very good," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "We were running around and not playing our positions. As the game went on we got much better."

The Tigers extended their lead after the second period got underway with an even-strength goal. Keady sent the puck ahead to forward Brittany Salmon, who had a Yale defender in front of her and opted to try a wrist shot from high in the slot. The puck sailed past Zilis' right shoulder for the 2-0 lead 1:55 in.

Yale crept closer two minutes later. Sophomore forward Danielle Kozlowski passed the puck to sophomore defenseman Helen Resor and she sent a shot on net from the blue line. Young got only enough of it to send it spinning in the air behind her back, and Soesilo was there to bat it in for her second goal of the weekend.

"She's so fast," Witt said of Soesilo. "She creates opportunities for herself."

The Bulldogs got their first chance at a power play later in the period and just missed converting. Resor and senior forward Jenna Spring both sent shots just wide of the net.

Princeton once again scored late in the period when Keady slipped one past Zilis to make the score 3-1 at 18:35 of the second. The Bulldogs sent freshman Ansley LaHue in for the third period and had a golden chance to get back in the game with a 5-on-3 advantage after Princeton penalties at 4:52 and 6:22. But the Tigers generated the only great scoring chance of that stretch, as Keady charged in on goal from the neutral zone with Resor defending her and managed to get off a shot that LaHue blocked with her left leg. The ensuing collision knocked the net off its moorings, disrupting the play.

Yale called timeout with 3:26 remaining and pulled LaHue for an extra attacker shortly thereafter, but the Bulldogs could not mount any significant threat.

Zilis had nine saves and LaHue had six.

The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday night against Providence at Ingalls Rink. Yale will be without Resor and Witt, who headed to Kitchener, Ont., after the game to join Team USA for the Four Nations Cup. Witt is an assistant on head coach Mark Johnson's staff.

"Some of our players are going to have to step up to the plate now that Helen's gone," Witt said. Resor has had a hand in six of Yale's 12 goals so far this season (one goal, five assists).

With Resor and Witt temporarily departing -- the tournament lasts through Nov. 11 -- Yale did receive some reinforcements Sunday. Sophomore forward Crysti Howser and sophomore defenseman Maggie Westfal rejoined the team with soccer season having concluded. The two played in Yale's final soccer game less than 24 hours earlier, beating Brown 4-2 in Providence. Both saw significant ice time on Sunday, and Howser had three of Yale's 25 shots on goal.

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

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