Yale University Bulldogs
The UConn Huskies start their second half of the season on Saturday against the Yale Bulldogs and begin the second half of the season with a home series against their Ivy League rivals. While the Harvard-Cornell rivalry exists in hockey, it really exists only for hockey. The rivalry is based on the fact that the two schools are rivals, as they are in most schools in the US. Harvard and Yale have been fighting over it for more than a century, much longer than many schools across the country, but this rivalry is far more than just the hockey game itself.
If anything could fuel the rivalry, it was when the two teams met in the NCAA Final Four, with Yale winning in one of the closest 4-0 shutouts ever. Yale sophomore Kevin O'Neil scored two goals, including the winning goal, to defeat the Bulldogs, but Yale was beaten in a row to win the NCAA National Championship. Over the years, there has never really been a time when both teams have been such a force in the world of college hockey. When Harvard won the championship, Yale had to be the doormat, and many years earlier, when both teams were the forces of this college hockey world, they were not.
According to better known authorities, the first Yale bulldog was Beautiful Dan, which Yale student Andrew Barbey Graves bought from a blacksmith in New Haven in 1889. Dan became a sporting mascot and attended Yale sports competitions and other events during his days. Sawyer, a Yale history enthusiast, is known for his involvement with the Bulldog Club, and his other well-known Yale connection is with the man with whom he co-founded the club, John Sawyer.
Given that Elihu Yale was the eponymous name-giver of Yale in the early 17th century, it was Edgar Sheffield Porter who brought the bulldog to Yale. Porter and Sawyer were colleagues at the Bulldog Club, and though they did not graduate, they both attended Yale University and the Yale College of Veterinary Medicine. Yale students called Elis "Elis," a nod to his namesake's name. He didn't have the sorrow that normal English bulldogs have, "Getman said," but his name was Walter.
The first mention of a Yale bulldog that NCAA.com was able to find in the newspaper's Com database is a story about four women who lived in an apartment where a woman painted a pastel portrait of the school mascot. In the November 22, 1890 issue, it was announced that Harper Champion, an English bulldog, had been commissioned as mascot for the Yale College of Veterinary Medicine and the Bulldog Club. A story published in 1894 in the Hartford Courant under the headline "Yale Oarsman Married" stated: "Mr. Graves was a very popular man in college and rowed on the victorious 91-92 Yale crew. After becoming Yale's first bulldog mascot in 1889, he bought the dog from a blacksmith for $5 and named it Beautiful Dan.
Yale University is one of the most successful college athletics programs in the United States, having won 27 national championships between 1872 and 1909. In 2003, Sports Illustrated ranked the Harvard-Yale rivalry as the sixth best in college sports. Yale has won the Ivy League conference tournament four times, with a record of 14-2-1 (4-0 in the conference) and 6-4 (3-3 in the league).
In the game against Yale (RPI), the Huskies have a record of 1 - 2 - 1 (0 - 0 in the Ivy League) and 2 - 1 - 3 (1-0 in the ECAC). The Huskies are also 2 of 2 (-0) against teams from the ECac, beating the New York Red Bulls and the University of New Hampshire, but falling in their last two matchups against the Yale Bulldogs, Harvard Crimson and Yale Crimson.
In addition, the training program for the U.S. men's national team will be the first of its kind in the nation. The first USMNT training camp at the University of New Hampshire will take place from April 20 to 23, 2017.
The Bulldogs will be the first team to play in the US men's national team training camp at the University of New Hampshire. The Huskies and Bulldogs met in a 6-3 win at Yale, the second meeting between the two teams this season and the third meeting of the season.
In the end, Yale, from Allston, MA, prevailed, defeating Harvard 6-3, even though Harvard was even higher than Yale in the pairing standings last year when they met. Yale set up a defensive clinic in the first half and managed to hold Harvard to just three shots on goal (all from the powerplay) and the Huskies' only two goals of the game (both from assists). Harvard beat the nation's best netminder in 2OT to advance, but Yale had a potential game - the winning goal was called back.