Bulldogs Seek 5th Straight Victory
No. 4 ranked Yale (10-2, 4-1 Ivy), coming off a midweek non-league win, completes its 2019 regular-season schedule by playing Harvard (5-7, 1-4) this Saturday. The 3:30 game at Boston inside Harvard Stadium airs live on ESPN+ and Stretch Internet.
Yale leads the all-time series against Harvard, 63-38. Harvard prevented Yale from having a perfect 2017 league slate two years ago at Boston, but the Bulldogs reached that 6-0 mark last spring with a win over their rival at New Haven.
The Bulldogs scored 5 of the first 6 goals on the way to a 16-8 victory at Reese. Harvard goalie Robert Shaw (18 saves) challenged one of the nation's best offenses early on, but Ben Reeves (4-3-7), Matt Gaudet (4-2-6), Jackson Morrill (4 points) and Ted Forst (2 goals) got Yale going on the scoreboard.
Yale scored a dozen goals in both halves in a 24-8 win over Quinnipiac on Tuesday at home. The Elis got goals from 14 players and used all four goalies. Junior Jackson Morrill leads the Blue with 33 assists and 57 points, while classmate Matt Gaudet's 34 goals are a team-high. Yale gets many of its possessions off the stick of junior TD Ierlan, who leads the nation in face-off percentage and ground balls. Sophomore Jack Starr (9-2, 104 saves) has started every game in net for the Elis.
Yale beat Albany last weekend, and Harvard's last win came against the Great Danes in late March. The Crimson has lost three straight, hoping to end the skid in the season finale.
Penn, which has won the regular season title, is the top seed for the May 3-5 event hosted by Columbia. Yale is the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 in the second game next weekend at Wien Stadium. The first semifinal is slated for 6 p.m. and there must be at least 30 minutes between contests. Brown, Cornell and Princeton are fighting for the last pair of spots. The Big Red host the Tigers at noon on Saturday, while the Bears are at Dartmouth on Saturday at 1:30. The Elis have now qualified for all 10 Ivy Tournaments.
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