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Bulldogs Unable To Finish Off Saints

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite welcoming in another ranked team to Ingalls Rink, the Yale Bulldogs were not rattled. However, a late rally for the #7 St. Lawrence Saints proved the difference maker in a 3-2 Bulldogs defeat.

Yale (1-4-1, 0-3-1 ECAC) took advantage of its chances early in the game. Eden Murray scored her first goal of the season after a Mallory Souliotis shot from the blue line was deflected. Murray pounced on the rebound and fired it past Grace Harrison to give the Bulldogs the quick lead.

St. Lawrence (5-3-2, 3-1-0) pressured Yale for most of the first period, forcing the Bulldogs into three penalties in the frame. Yale held its ground for the first two penalties, but couldn't keep Kayla Vespa off of the board late in the period. Vespa's goal, a power play marker off of a Hannah Miller shot, tied the game at one.

The second period opened up without much of an attack on either side, with a total of two shots in the first 10 minutes between the teams. Greta Skarzynski tapped in a rebound off of a Julia Yetman shot for her first career goal, giving Yale a 2-1 lead.

The Saints responded late when Justine Reyes scored with four seconds left in the stanza. 

St. Lawrence took their first lead of the game 4:08 into the third period. Kayla Nielsen fired a low shot that found the post and clanked into the net, giving the Saints a 3-2 lead.

A back and forth period culminated with an empty net for Yale with just over a minute to go. Courtney Pensavalle appeared to score the game winning goal, but after video review the call was overturned. The official ruling was that she knocked the puck into the net with her hand. Yale was unable to find another chance after that.

The Bulldogs travel to New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth on Friday in their next game.

Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant