The transitive property of inequality is a simple formula you may have learned in geometry or logic class. It states: if A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then A will be greater than C.
The events spanning the past three days at Bright Center demonstrate this property nicely.
On Monday, the Harvard women's hockey team defeated Boston College, 7-0. And B.C. had beaten Boston University earlier.
So it was no surprise that when the Crimson played the Terriers last night at Bright, it shut out B.U. 9-0.
Brita Lind led the way for Harvard (now 2-1), achieving a "natural" hattrick--three successive goals--on her way to a four-goal, one-assist effort.
Sophomore Char Joslin chipped in a goal and three assists, as did senior Karen Carney.
But nothing--the margin of victory, the goals, the assists--could even begin to tell half the story of how dominant the icewomen were.
The Crimson pumped 72 shots at Terrier goalie Maria Dunn.
The Terriers managed only two on Harvard netminders Jennifer White and Gillian D'Souza. One of those "shots" occurred when D'Souza contolled a errant pass from center ice.
Boston University managed to control a play on its side of the red line less than 10 times in the entire game.
Lind's third goal came just 14 seconds into a short-handed situation against the Crimson.
"She [Dunn] is really good so I didn't mind working hard," Lind said.
The Crimson scored on almost every conceivable play last night. Lind drilled a shot off Dunn's blocker for Harvard's second goal.
On Harvard's fifth goal. Sue Cullinane led Lind with a perfect pass over the blue line for a score from the top of the faceoff circle.