Orange Down Dutchwomen

Orange Down Dutchwomen

SYRACUSE, NY -- Despite goals from freshman Rhianna Kurio and junior Marissa Gentile the Union College women's ice hockey team fell 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at upstate foe Syracuse. With the setback the Dutchwomen go to 2-11-1, while the Orange improves to 8-6-1.

Kurio broke the scoreless tie at 6:08 of the first period on a two-man advantage, power-play goal setup by freshman Lauren Cromartie and senior Jackie Koetteritz. The tally, which marked the fifth time this season Union has struck first, was Kurio's second of the season, giving Union three power-play goals on the year.

The assists were the first for both Cromartie and Koetteritz. Cromartie now has two points, while Koetteritz has five.

Union's lead didn't last long as Syracuse's Megan Skelly potted her fifth of the season. The goal, which came at 8:58 of the first was setup by Julie Rising and Stefanie Marty.

Rising gave the Orange a 2-1 lead only 3:04 into the second period while on the power-play, but Union responded evening things up at 6:25 with Gentile scoring her first goal of the season and seventh of her career. Classmate Callee Heywood earned the assist.

It appeared that the game would even through two periods, but Syracuse's Erin Burns made it 3-2 with just one second remaining on the clock with the Orange on the power-play. The goal proved to be the game-winner.

Sophomore Kate Gallagher made her fifth appearance between the pipes for Union, turning away 25 shots. At the other end, Lucy Schoedel had 20 stops.

The Dutchwomen turn their attention to crosstown rival RPI for a home-and-home weekend series, beginning on Friday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at Messa Rink. The two teams will then do battle on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Houston Field House.