Yale's Late Comeback Falls Short

Yale's Late Comeback Falls Short

A slow start by the Yale Women's Hockey Team cost the Bulldogs a chance to beat their arch rival at home. The Elis gave up three early tallies before making a third-period run in a 4-2 ECAC loss to Harvard.
 
The Crimson, after an even first five minutes, tilted the ice in their favor, outshooting Yale 12-3 by the end of the frame. The Bulldogs caught up and passed (27-21) Harvard in shots but could not overcome the deficit on the scoreboard.
 
Yale got on the board early in the third period on great efforts by Emma Seitz and Rebecca Vanstone. Seitz, a blueliner, used her great puck-handling skills to hold it in the offensive zone and then make a perfect feed in the slot to her sophomore teammate. Vanstone, who had missed the last six games with an injury, held for a moment and then sent a rising wrister past Lindsay Reed for her fourth goal of the year.
 
The Blue, which outshot the Crimson 13-6 in the last period, made it two in a row with 10:15 left in the third on a laser shot by the ECAC Rookie of the Month. Grace Lee, skating down the left side on a two-on-one rush, held to freeze the defender and then fired into the top right corner of the net to make it 4-2 on her team-best seventh tally of the season.
 
The Elis, who got 17 saves from junior goalie Gianna Meloni, are back at the Whale Saturday afternoon at 3 for another ECAC game against Dartmouth that airs live on ESPN+.