Bulldogs Ready For Visit From 24th Ranked Dartmouth

Dale Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dale Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Teams Meet Saturday At 4:30 p.m.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's defense has been stingy in the last two games, allowing just two goals. The Bulldogs, though, will get a stern test when 24th-ranked Dartmouth comes to town on Saturday. The Big Green has the 11th most potent offense in Division I, averaging nearly 2.5 goals per game. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (3-4-2, 0-1 Ivy) are coming off perhaps their most impressive performance of the season, a 2-1 victory over a Boston College team that had a pair of wins over top-25 opponents on its resume. Since being rested in last Tuesday's game with Sacred Heart, the only game he has missed in the last two years, goalkeeper Travis Chulick has been outstanding. He made eight saves against Harvard on Saturday and then stopped four shots in the win over the Eagles.

Dartmouth (6-2-1, 1-0 Ivy) features two of the top offensive players in the league in Daniel Keat and Craig Henderson. Keat leads the league in goals (7) and points (18), while Henderon, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, is tied for fourth in points with 12. The Big Green's potent offense was on display last Saturday. Dartmouth scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to come-from-behind to beat Princeton 4-2 in its Ivy opener.

Goals have been scarce in recent meetings between Yale and Dartmouth. Five of the last six games have ended 1-0, and the only exception was a scoreless tie in 2007. The Bulldogs haven't scored against the Big Green since a 1-0 victory in 2003.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity