November 14, 2004

Bulldogs Come Up Short In Bid For Another Upset, Fall to No. 8 Brown 4-1

Nov. 13, 2004

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New Haven, CT - A day after beating No. 3 Harvard for the first time in 20 years, the Yale Bulldogs could not pull of their first victory over No. 8 Brown in 16 years. Keaton Zucker's two goals in a span of just under three minutes -- one at the end of the second period and one at the beginning of the third -- broke open a 2-1 game as the Bears won 4-1.

"We made some little mistakes like getting sticks up -- two of their goals were tip-in type goals," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "Things like that hurt us ... We played alright. They got some bounces and deflections, and when we got deflections they went wide."

The Bears' Myria Heinhuis opened the scoring 4:56 into the game on a power play, one of two power-play goals the Bears (4-2, 3-1 ECACHL) would get on the night in eight tries. Yale (3-3, 2-2 ECACHL) was 0-for-9 on the power play. Heather Lane added a goal at even strength at 12:22 of the first, and Brown went into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.

Yale got itself back in the game when Sheila Zingler knocked home a rebound of a Nicole Symington shot at 9:58 of the second. Kelsey Johnson also assisted on the play. But Zucker's two goals, her second and third of the season, gave the Bears control of the game. Witt pulled goalie Sarah Love (25 saves) with 2:57 left attempting to get a spark. The Bulldogs did pick up their level of play -- Brown never even got a shot at the empty net -- but could not get the puck past O'Hara Shipe (24 saves).

"Our kids stepped it up a bit with a lot of energy in that three minutes," Witt said. "If we played like that the whole game, maybe it's a different outcome."

Yale travels to Schenectady, N.Y. next weekend for a pair of ECACHL games against Union.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department