Bulldogs Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Dec. 8, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - December 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the first women's hockey game at Yale, a 5-3 win over Choate-Rosemary Hall. The Bulldogs are commemorating the occasion with a celebration of the history of women's hockey at Yale following their game against Cornell on Jan. 28.

The festivities on Jan. 28 begin with a lunch and family skate at Ingalls Rink at 1 p.m., followed by the Yale-Cornell game at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs are inviting players, coaches and friends from throughout the history of women's hockey at Yale to a special reception and dinner at the Yale Law School following the game.

Hockey began as a club sport at Yale for the 1975-76 season, achieving varsity status in 1977-78. Yale's first win as a varsity team came Dec. 10, 1977 (2-1 over Princeton). Yale's first victory over archrival Harvard came the following year, a 2-1 win at Ingalls Rink on Dec. 5, 1978.

Yale enjoyed one of its finest seasons in 1985-86, setting a team record for wins (12) that lasted nearly 20 years. The Bulldogs were led by forward Maria Dennis '88, who paced the team in scoring for four straight seasons and finished with the school records for career goals (96), assists (68) and points (164). The next decade saw the arrival of goaltender Laurie Belliveau '98, who was a three-time first team All-ECAC honoree, four-time team MVP and Yale's first Kazmaier Award finalist (1998).

The current Bulldogs have their share of records, including the 16 wins and first ECACHL semifinal appearance that the team achieved last season.

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