October 22, 2011

Bulldogs Face Big Test At Penn Saturday

Quakers Haven't Allowed A Goal All Month

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's offense has been on a roll recently. The Bulldogs have scored nine goals during their current three-game winning streak. That offense, though, will face its toughest challenge to date on Saturday at Penn. The Quakers have yielded only six goals all season. Ten of their 11 victories have come by shutout, including the last four. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is slated for 5 p.m.

The game has big implications in the race for the Ivy League title. Both Yale and Penn sit at 3-1 in league play and are one point behind league-leader Harvard.

The Bulldogs (7-4-2 overall) are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory over Cornell last Saturday. Enma Mullo scored both goals, including the game-winner 7 minutes, 40 seconds into the first extra period. Mullo has four goals and one assist in the last three games. Melissa Gavin and Mary Kubiuk have each scored twice during Yale's winning streak.

Defensively, freshman Elise Wilcox has played well in goal since taking over the starting job. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, sharing the honors with Harvard's Bethany Kanten.

Penn (11-2 overall) has won six straight games, outscoring it opponents 20-1 during the streak. Kathryn Barth earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors after putting together a nine-point week in a game and a half. She scored and added three assists in the Quakers 8-0 win over NJIT and then tallied both goals in a 2-0 win over Dartmouth. Barth leads the team with 17 points (6 goals, 5 assists). Marin McDermott has a team-best seven goals.

Yale and Penn have a history of close games. The last 10 meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. Last year in New Haven, the Quakers scored late in the first half and held on for a 1-0 victory.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity