Bulldogs Visit No. 3 Clarkson Friday, St. Lawrence Saturday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team heads north this weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey games. The Bulldogs visit No. 3 Clarkson Friday (7 p.m.), then play at St. Lawrence Saturday (4 p.m.).
Yale (1-5-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey) suffered a pair of tough conference losses last weekend, falling to Dartmouth 5-4 in overtime Friday and then losing to No. 6 Harvard Saturday. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) had another busy weekend, totaling 83 saves to give her a conference-best 223 for the year. She is now 14th in the country in save percentage (.929) and has made 31 or more saves in every game this year.
The Bulldogs continue to get the majority of their offense from freshmen, as the team's top three scorers are all in the Class of 2016. Forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) leads the team in goals (four) and is tied for the team lead in points (five) with defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) (1-4-5). Forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) is third in points (2-2-4).
The only non-freshman to have scored a goal this year is senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Yale's captain. Zupon was featured in a segment on the cable television channel NESN's "NESN Daily Extra" show Wednesday night. The segment focused on her various extracurricular activities, including a charity for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan that she co-founded ("Hope for Tomorrow Japan", http://hope-tomorrow.jp/index-e.html), a program that she started that pairs Yale-New Haven Hospital pediatric brain tumor patients with Yale athletic teams to serve as a support group ("Yale Bulldog PAWS", Pediatric Alliance With Student-athletes, https://www.facebook.com/BulldogPaws), research into the cause of brain tumors, and more.
Clarkson (8-2-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) has lost just two games this season, both by one goal to nationally ranked opponents on the road (4-3 at No. 4 Mercyhurst and 3-2 at No. 10 North Dakota). The Golden Knights already have four players who have scored in double digits, led by forward Jamie Lee Rattray (9-10-19). Erica Howe has a .941 save percentage and a 1.45 goals-against average.
St. Lawrence (4-5-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey), which hosts Brown Friday, opened the season with five losses but has won four in a row since. Forward Kelly Sabatine (4-5-9) leads the team in scoring, while Carmen McDonald has a .905 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average.