Late Goal Lifts No. 6/7 Mercyhurst Past Yale 4-3

Dec. 4, 2005

Box Score

ERIE, Pa. - Stephanie Jones' goal with 1:10 left in regulation gave No. 6/7 Mercyhurst a 4-3 win over Yale Sunday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The goal negated two Yale comebacks, as the Bulldogs had fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game.

One day after a 15-3 shot edge in the first, the Lakers (9-6-1) once again took it to the Bulldogs (3-7-2) in the opening stanza, posting a 12-5 advantage this time. Two of those shots, both on the power play and both by Julia Colizza, found their way past Yale goalie Sarah Love (29 saves).

The Yale comeback started late in the second when Christina Sharun scored a power-play goal off assists from Sheila Zingler and Maggie Westfal at 15:09. Just over two and a half minutes later, Crysti Howser got the first even-strength goal for either team - and the first of her career - to knot the score at two heading into the second intermission. Sheila Zingler and Nina Resor assisted on the play.

The Lakers re-took the lead on another goal by Colizza, who had entered the day with only two goals on the season, at 9:11 of the third. But an interference call on Mercyhurst gave Yale a power play with 4:25 left in the game, and Howser scored her second at the 17:11 mark. Kristin Savard and Nina Resor assisted on the play.

After a timeout, the Lakers regrouped and got the game-winner from Jones. Yale pulled Love with a minute to play but was unable to tie the score. Courtney Drennen finished with 25 saves for Mercyhurst.

The Bulldogs return to action Jan. 2 at Boston College.

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

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