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.
Joslin fired a slapshot wide of the net, picked up the long rebound, faked a slapshot to draw Dunn out of the net, then whirled around her to score the sixth goal.
Christine Burns drew the entire Terrier defense to her and sneaked a pass to a wide-open Emily Diehl for the Crimson's ninth and final goal.
The living was easy this week. But starting next Saturday, the Crimson turns its attention to the Ivy League, as it plays Yale.
"We'll be ready for Yale," said Harvard Coach John Dooley. "It's a veteran team, they'll know what they have to do."
"It's tough to come off two games like this," said Harvard Co-Captain Julie Sasner. "I'm excited to get into the Ivies."
On Tuesday, Brown becomes the fifth consecutive squad to visit Bright. And the icewomen are hoping that they will be their fourth consecutive victim.
"Winning the first two [Ivy games] is key," Carney said. "It's a real spirit-lifter."
"With six seniors [on the squad] they'll know what's at stake," Dooley said. Crimson, 9-0 at Bright Hockey Center Cambridge, Mass. Harvard 2-4-3--9 Boston University 0-0-0--0
First Period--1, H Lind (Carney, Joslin) 5:43; 2, H Lind (Joslin) 7:36.
Second Period--3, H Lind (Carney) [sh] 3:19; 4, H Smith (Neilson, Trotman) 5:27; 5, H Lind (Cullinane, Carney) 9:50; 6, H Joslin (unassisted) 10:26.
Third Period--7, H Sasner (Flather, Joslin): 52; 8, H Carney (Lind, Burns) 1:50; 9, H Diehl (Burns, Cullinane).