Lukas Flippo, Senior Photographer
In its penultimate fixture of the season, Yale (8–8, 3–3 Ivy) delivered a decisive defeat against Dartmouth (4–11, 0–6). The Bulldogs’ 4–0 victory improved their conference and overall records to .500 and marked their fourth win out of their last five games.
Despite persistent showers throughout the game, Yale’s offense never let up. Yale’s first goal came late in the first quarter off a penalty corner taken by Imogen Davies ’22. Alissa Wong ’23 sent the ball over to Théodora Dillman ’23 — the team’s top goalscorer with nine this season — who caged it to take the early lead. Dillman returned the favor early in the second quarter, assisting a goal by Davies to give the Bulldogs a 2–0 lead into halftime.
Yale’s momentum continued to show early in the third quarter, with another penalty corner creating a scoring opportunity for Ashley Kim ’24 that was ultimately converted. A goal from Lily Ramsey ’25 later in the quarter rounded out Yale’s scoring for a 4–0 win.
When asked about how the rain affected their play, Lena Ansari ’24 credited her team’s preparation with giving them the edge in the inclement conditions.
“We practice in the rain no matter what and we prepare for these situations,” Ansari told the News. “It didn’t affect us as much as it affected the other team.”
Beyond helping them handle the downpour, Yale’s practices this week centered on thwarting Dartmouth’s attack.
With the Big Green logging only six shots on goal, head coach Pam Stuper shared what went into the shutout.
“This week we focused on our defense, and wanted to tidy up some things,” Stuper told Yale Athletics. “That helped us give up fewer defensive penalty corners and get more stops outside the 25.”
The few shots that managed to make it past Yale’s defense were no match for the performance of goalkeeper Luanna Summer ’24. Her shutout performance against Dartmouth brought her season save total to 93 out of 124 shots.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will take on Cornell in their final game of the season.
“It’s bittersweet,” Sarah King ’22 said of the upcoming match. “It’ll be my last one, and my class’s last one, so I’m excited. Cornell’s a really good team, so it’s gonna be a good showing.”
The Blue and White will celebrate Senior Day at home against Cornell on Nov. 6 at noon.