February 20, 2006

Resor, Team USA Earn Bronze at Olympics

Feb. 20, 2006

TORINO, Italy - With a 4-0 win over Finland Monday, Team USA and Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) earned a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics. Resor, the first women's hockey player from Yale to compete in the Olympics, is now the first Yale hockey player of either gender to earn a medal since five Bulldog men won silver with Team USA 74 years ago.

Resor tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the U.S. team, +10. She had an assist on Team USA's second goal of the bronze-medal game, 8:09 in, when she fed Katie King for the first of King's three goals.

That was the second assist of the Olympics for Resor, who also assisted on a goal by Sarah Parsons in Team USA's 5-0 win over Germany in the second game of the tournament Feb. 11. The U.S. went 3-0 in pool play before losing to Sweden in the semifinals Friday, 3-2 in a shootout.

Resor, 20, was the second-youngest member of the U.S. team.

Team USA also featured current Bulldog equipment manager Ed Maturo and two coaches who served as assistants for the Yale men's team under Tim Taylor: head coach Ben Smith and assistant coach Mike Gilligan.

In the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, John Bent `30s, John Cookman `31, Franklin Farrell `31, Frank Nelson'31 and Ding Palmer `30 all earned silver medals with the United States men's team.

Resor will return to play for Yale next season, when she will be joined by another player with Olympic experience. Incoming freshman forward Denise Soesilo and the German Olympic Team won the fifth-place game on Monday, 1-0 over Russia in a shootout.

The Germans were 1-2 after pool play but defeated Italy 5-2 Friday in the classification round to earn a spot in the fifth-place game. Soesilo had an assist on the game-winning goal by Nikola Holmes in the win over Italy.

The fifth-place finish was Germany's highest in Olympic competition. Germany lost to Russia 5-0 in the fifth-place game at the 2002 Olympics.

Soesilo, 18, was the fourth-youngest member of the German team.

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

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