Yale-Harvard weekend is off to a rough start.
The Eli women’s hockey team (1–6–1, 1–6 ECAC Hockey) fell to the Crimson, 5–0, in Friday night’s match at Ingalls Rink.
Three of Harvard’s goals came within the first five minutes of the game. Forward Jillian Dempsey opened the scoring after just 25 seconds of play, collecting a feed from behind the net and bypassing goaltender Jackee Snikeris ’11. Crimson defender Ashley Wheeler added another goal at 2:43, and then Dempsey struck once more at 4:48 to give her team the 3–0 lead.
“We just didn’t show up,” Eli head coach Hilary Witt said. “We didn’t come to play the first few shifts. We weren’t ready.”
The Bulldogs brought in goaltender Genny Ladiges ’12 to relieve Snikeris after the Crimson grabbed its early 3–0 lead. Ladiges made 12 saves during the first and second periods and allowed no goals in that time span.
But the Harvard players found some openings again in the third period, and added more goals to their tally. The fifth and final goal came with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs are back in action against Dartmouth on Saturday night. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. at Ingalls Rink.