Bulldogs Fall To No. 2 Clarkson

Photo by Brenna McGowan
Photo by Brenna McGowan

Yale's Upset Bid Comes Up Short

POTSDAM, N.Y. - One day after a 10-1 defeat at the hands of the number two team in the country, the Yale Bulldogs gave everything they had to find a win. The Clarkson Golden Knights, the top team in the ECAC, were too much to handle on Saturday, taking a 4-1 win that was closer than the score would indicate.

Yale saw the first 2018 start for Kyra O'Brien start off with a bang as she held Clarkson scoreless in the first period. Her play paved the way for the Bulldogs' first lead of the ECAC Quarterfinal series when Emily Monaghan scored an unassisted tally. The senior fired one past Shea Tiley to give Yale a 1-0 lead just 5:59 into the second period.

Clarkson found its answer on the power play, scoring three straight markers on the advantage to take a 3-1 lead. The fourth Golden Knights goal came with an empty net.

O'Brien finished with 32 saves on 35 shots, holding down the Yale crease numerous times to give the Bulldogs a chance in the game.

With the loss, the Bulldogs are eliminated from the ECAC Tournament. Greta Skarzynski finishes the season tied for the most goals by a first-year player (14) since 1998. She is the first rookie to lead Yale in scoring since Olympian Phoebe Staenz in 2013-2014, and the first to have 14 goals since Kristin Savard in the 2003-2004 season.