NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A balanced offense, a dominating face-off and a great 10-man ride enabled Yale to increase its string of success to six games in a 13-6 win over Dartmouth at Reese Stadium that clinched a spot in the league tournament.
Nine different Bulldogs found the net, Conor Mackie won 14 of 16 battles on the X and the Elis put a white blanket on the Big Green's clearing attempts in the first half on the way to improving their record to 7-3 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play.
Freshman Matt Gaudet had three goals and one assist, senior Eric Scott and rookie Lucas Cotler each hit the net twice as the No. 17 Elis scored the game's first eight goals and put this contest away by halftime.
"I am fortunate to have teammates who can get me the ball in front of the net." said Gaudet, who now has 22 goals and 25 points. "It was not our best showing. We missed a lot of shots, but we were able to bring it home. We always look for one more pass [and that didn't help us today]."
The Yale defense helped produce 18 Big Green turnovers while allowing the Bulldog offense to take some time to get clicking.
"That's Bax's [coach Andrew Baxter] baby," said Yale Head Coach Andy Shay about the ride. "We get a lot of energy out of it. It gets us fired up and we get extra possessions. If we are efficient with the ball, it means good things."
The home team didn't find the net until Gaudet converted an Eric Scott pass at 8:26 of the first quarter. That opened the flood gates for a team that has scored 36 goals over its last two games, including 23 at St. John's on Tuesday.
Yale All-American attackman Ben Reeves had a four-point game and seemed perfectly content feeding his teammates rather than trying to torture the Dartmouth goalie.
On the other end, junior Phil Huffard had his best day in the Yale goal this season with eight saves. He made three of those in a span of one minute in a wild segment of the third quarter when the visitors were trying to make a comeback. The first of the save trio was a diving stop on a point-blank shot, while the other two came on successive shots in a wild sequence.
"We took him out [of a few games], and we challenged him," said Shay of Huffard. "His performance was amazing. Those three saves were great. They looked dazzling but they may not have been technically sound. It's a sign of a guy who is playing well and has confidence."
by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – email@example.com