Nov. 11, 2004
New Haven, CT - Yale faces a major early-season test this weekend at Ingalls Rink with games against No. 3 Harvard (7:00 Friday) and No. 8 Brown (4:00 Saturday). The Bulldogs haven't beaten the Crimson since November 18, 1984 and haven't topped the Bears since February 10, 1988. Both streaks (35 games for Harvard, 29 for Brown) nearly ended last season - Harvard had a 1-0 win and Brown had a 2-1 win.
The Bulldogs scored only one goal in their two meetings with the Crimson last season, but goalie Sarah Love kept Yale in both games with 37 saves in one and 45 in the other (an effort that earned her a standing ovation at Harvard). Yale's offense is off to a stronger start this year thanks in part to forward Kristin Savard, who was named to the ECACHL honor roll for her play last weekend. She leads the Bulldogs with in points (2-4-6) and has at least one point in each of the team's first four games. Savard is picking up where she left off last year, when she had 10 points over Yale's final eight regular-season games, including a string of six straight games with a point. Harvard is led by forward Nicole Corriero (3-3-6). The Crimson also has two top players, forward Julie Chu (USA) and forward Sarah Vaillancourt (Canada), competing at the Four Nations Cup this weekend.
Nicole Symington and Sheila Zingler accounted for the Bulldogs' two goals against the Bears last season, while Love totaled 72 saves. The matchup Saturday features two of the top defensemen in the league in Brown's Amy McLaughlin (first team All-ECAC last year) and Yale captain Erin Duggan (honorable mention). Duggan had an assist last Friday to give her sole possession of third place on the school's career assists list with 46, breaking a tie with Deanna McDevitt '03. Duggan also moved into a tie for fifth on the school's career points list with 74.
Tickets for both games go on sale at Ingalls Rink one hour prior to the game (Adult G.A. $3, Non-Yale students 15 & over $1, Yale students with ID free, youth 14 & under free, senior citizens 65 & over free)
Both games will be available on Gametracker (live stat updates) through the Yale women's hockey schedule page. They will also be covered on the USCHO.com website.
Additionally, the Bulldogs' resurgent women's hockey program will be one of the stories featured on College Sports Television's "The 1 College Sports Show" Sunday night at 10:00 PM.
- Yale women's hockey schedule page (Gametracker)
- USCHO.com women's hockey page
- College Sports Television (CSTV)
- Harvard women's hockey site
- Brown women's hockey site
report by Sam Rubin '95 ( firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity Department