Vanstone Leads Yale to Win Over Dartmouth

Vanstone Leads Yale to Win Over Dartmouth

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Rebecca Vanstone returned from an injury to score three goals this weekend. Two of them – plus the game-winning assist - came today in a come-from-behind, 3-1 ECAC win over Dartmouth at Ingalls Rink.
 
A slow start nearly cost the home team a win for a second straight day, but the Bulldogs erased an early deficit with three straight goals to head into the exam and holiday break with a 7-6 (4-4 ECAC) record.
 
The Big Green, which outshot Yale by six in the first, got on the board with 3.3 seconds left in the opening period. The home team would respond by pouring on the shots (14-3 in second) and grade A scoring chances but did not find the equalizer until there was 1:24 left in the second.
 
Vanstone, parked in the slot, one-timed a crossing feed from rookie forward Elle Hartje. The sophomore winger's shot went blocker side a few feet off the ice to make it 1-1 while notching her second tally of the weekend.
 
Tera Hofmann, Yale's senior goalie, came up with numerous quality stops before finishing with 21. She made 12 saves in the first to keep her team in the game and blanked Dartmouth on three key advantages.
 
The game-winning goal came with 6:30 left in the third. Kirsten Nergaard began the scoring play by bringing the puck over the blueline along the boards and then getting the puck to Vanstone behind the net. Vanstone, who added an empty-net goal with under a minute to play, immediately found Grace Lee (2 goal weekend) open in the lower slot for a one-timer that zipped past goalie Hanna Humphreys' skate.
 
"I picked my head up for a second and saw Grace's stick, and I just tossed it to her. She finished it off really well," said Vanstone.
 
Dartmouth had great opportunities to get even late in the game with a power play before pulling its goalie for the extra skater. The Yale defense stepped up to prevent shots from reaching Hofmann while running out the clock.
 
"It's really huge," said Vanstone of the victory. "Last year we only had eight wins, and now we have seven before Christmas. It's a nice momentum carrier."