The Yale women's hockey team handed third-ranked Clarkson just its second loss of the season in a 5-1 upset at Ingalls on Saturday. Senior captain Emma Vlasic scored two goals in the victory.
Clarkson (10-2-0, 3-1-0) entered play with six consecutive wins, their last loss coming from St. Lawrence on October 19. The Bulldogs put the game out of reach for the Golden Knights after just one period of play. Saturday marked the first time the Yale women's hockey team defeated a top-three opponent.
Vlasic got Yale on the board halfway through the first period with a wrister from the slot for her fourth goal of the season. Junior defenseman Saroya Tinker and first-year defenseman Tabea Botthof recorded their first of two assists on the night.
The senior captain's second goal came early in the third to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 advantage. Emma Seitz and Kirsten Nergaardearned their first and fourth assists of the season.
Sophomore and first-year forwards Lucy Burton and Charlotte Welch added on with their first goals this year to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 with under a minute left in the first. Rebecca Foggia and Sophie Veronneau assisted on Burton's tally, while Jordan Chancellorand Greta Skarzynski set up Welch for her first collegiate goal.
Junior goaltender Tera Hofmann made 39 saves on 40 shots and carried a shutout midway through the third until a Clarkson power play goal put the Golden Knights in the score column.
First-year forward Rebecca Vanstone notched her fourth goal of the season on breakaway opportunity to put the Elis up 4-0.
The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend when Yale hosts the 15th annual Nutmeg Classic featuring Quinnipiac, UConn and Providence. Yale faces off against Providence in the first round. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Ingalls.