Yale hosted St. John’s in New Haven, CT for the Bulldogs’ season opening game last weekend and the Bulldogs came away with a 10-6 home win over the visiting Red Storm (1-1 with a win over Holy Cross). Around 1300 fans came out to see these two Top 20 teams play, which is a solid number for a February game!
Photo Credit: Joseph Fitzgerald
St. John’s opened the scoring after about 4 minutes of play and teams traded goals to end the first quarter knotted up at 2 goals apiece. Yale then scored 3 of the 4 goals scored in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead into the halftime break. The third quarter was similar to the second in terms of scoring, as Yale extended their lead to 9-5, with a 4-2 scoring edge. The final quarter saw each team notch a goal for the 10-6 final count.
Kieran McArdle had two goal and three assists, and was directly involved in 5 of SJU’s 6 total goals. He was also the only St. John’s player to register multiple points. SJU was 0-3 on man up, while Yale went 0-1. Dylan Levings won 13 of 19 face offs for Yale, and Mario Carrera of SJU was able to win 6 of his 18 attempts against Levings. Both Eric Natale of Yale and Joe Danaher of SJU made 10 saves in net for their respective squads.
Yale had no players register more than 2 points, however four players reached this mark (Brandon Mangan, Shane Thornton, Mark Glicini, and Mike Bonnaci) in the game, and six others added single point. Both teams cleared the ball efficiently, and only had one turnover in the transition game each.
Yale plays next at Bryant on March 1st. St. John’s hosts Siena on the same day.