No. 10 Bulldogs Fall to No. 6 Mercyhurst, 4-0

Dec. 8, 2004

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New Haven, CT - The No. 6 Mercyhurst Lakers (10-4-2) finished off a two-game sweep at Ingalls Rink with a 4-0 win over Yale (9-5) Wednesday afternoon. Much like the previous game, the Lakers jumped out to an early lead - this time it was 2-0 after the first period - and then withstood a strong second period from the Bulldogs before putting the game away in the third.

Sara McDonald got the Lakers going with an unassisted goal at 5:33 of the first, as she was somehow able to get a shot off and past Yale goalie Sarah Love (22 saves) with a defender right on her. Just over a minute later, Samantha Shirley increased the lead to 2-0 off assists from Chrissy Yule and Sherilyn Fraser.

Mercyhurst outshot Yale 14-6 in the first period, but the second period was a different story. Yale was even able to generate some good offensive chances while shorthanded midway through, and wound up outshooting the Lakers 13-2. The Bulldogs were unable to solve Desirae Clark (29 saves), however, and when the Shirley-Fraser-Yule combination added another goal two minutes into the third it proved to be too much for Yale to overcome. McDonald added another goal on a power play at 5:33 for the 4-0 final.

"We played unbelieveably in the second period, but against teams like that you have to do it for 60 minutes, not 20," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt.

The Bulldogs, currently in reading period, have a break coming up for exams. They do not play again until January 1 at Maine, when they begin a challenging second-half schedule that includes 12 road games and only three home games. Nine of those 15 games, and seven of the road games, are against teams that are either ranked or among those receiving votes in the national polls.

"Sometimes it's easier to be on the road, because all you think about is hockey," Witt said.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department

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