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Weekly sports roundup: men's hockey advances to ECAC quarterfinals

The men’s ice hockey team dominated Harvard in the first round of the ECAC playoffs this weekend, sweeping the series with wins of 4–0 on Friday and 2–1 on Saturday. Goalie Alex Lyon ’17 stopped 42 of 43 shots over the course of the series, and has now given up just one goal in Yale’s last three games. Harvard and Yale met five times this year, resulting in four Bulldog wins and a tie. 

The No. 16 Bulldogs (17–9–5, 10–8–4 ECAC) have a busy week coming up. Today, they visit the White House to celebrate last year’s Frozen Four victory. Next weekend, it’s a rematch of last year’s national championship game as Yale visits No. 6 Quinnipiac in an ECAC quarterfinal series. The two teams tied 3–3 in their first meeting, while Quinnipiac won the second game 4–0. At No. 16, the Bulldogs are on the bubble for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament, but their only sure way in is to make a run in the ECAC tournament. 

In other sports news this week (information from Yale Sports Publicity): 

The men’s basketball team clinched second place in the Ivy League this weekend. The Bulldogs had an outside chance at a league title, but dropped their final two games of the regular season at home, losing 70–58 in front of a sellout crowd to league champions Harvard on Friday and 69–61 in an upset by Dartmouth on Saturday. Justin Sears ’16 had a big weekend for the Bulldogs, earning double-doubles in both games. The second-place finish is still the team’s best since the 2008–09 season, and could be enough to earn Yale (15–13, 9–5 Ivy) a bid to the National Invitation Tournament or the College Basketball Invitational

Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team split its final two regular-season games, losing a hard-fought game to Harvard 69–65 on Friday and defeating Dartmouth 57–41 on Saturday. The Bulldogs (13–15, 7–7 Ivy) finish the season fourth in Ivy League competition. 

Men’s fencing competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional this weekend. Brian Wang ’17 and Hugh O’Cinneide’ 15 each recorded top-10 finishes, with O’Cinneide in eighth for saber competition and Wang in ninth for foil. A total of seven Bulldogs finished in the top 20. The women’s fencing team also competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional, with three top-10 finishers. Team captain Lauren Miller ’15 finished in sixth place in foil competition, while Joanna Lew ’17 was ninth in saber competition and Lillie Lainoff ’17 in tenth. Both teams will find out tomorrow which team members will qualify for the NCAA National Championship.

Women’s track and field finished in 16th place out of 46 teams at the ECAC Championships at Boston University this weekend. Emily Cable ’15 broke her own school record on Saturday in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.49 seconds (the previous record was 56.18 seconds). Amanda Snajder ’14, meanwhile, finished second out of 15 in the pentathlon on Friday. 

The men’s track and field team competed at Boston University as well, at the IC4A Championships, finishing 26th out of 41 teams. Kevin Dooney ’16 remained the star for the Bulldogs with the second-best finish in the 3,000 meters in school history at 8:02.41 seconds on Sunday. He finished fourth in the race.

The women’s lacrosse team remained perfect this season, defeating Bryant 12–8 on Wednesday and beating Quinnipiac 15-8 on Friday. Tess McEvoy ’17 had three goals for the Bulldogs (5–0, 1–0 Ivy) against Bryant and added five more against Quinnipiac. 

The men’s lacrosse team (2–1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Fairfield 12–11 in overtime at Fairfield on Saturday. Conrad Oberbeck ’15 had four goals and an assist in the loss. 

Coming off a big upset win against LSU, the baseball team lost to LIU Brooklyn 10-7 in Winter Haven, Florida, on Sunday. The Bulldogs (1–3) took the lead of a back-and-forth game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but were unable to hold on, allowing four LIU runs in the top of the ninth. A game against New Haven was canceled. 

The gymnastics team finished fourth in a meet at Rutgers on Saturday, coming in with their best score of the season at 191.575. Yale’s top score came from Morgan Traina ’15 on the bars, where she posted a career-best 9.850 and came in third. 

The women’s tennis team played No. 24 Texas on Sunday, losing 5–2. Yale notched victories in both doubles matches, but the Longhorns dominated the singles side, winning five of six matches. 

The coed sailing team had a busy weekend, with the No. 2 Bulldogs competing in their first fleet races of the season. Part of the team finished sixth in the Eckerd Intersectional regatta, while another group of sailors finished ninth in the Ice Breaker Regatta at Connecticut College. 


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