No. 7 Cornell Beats Syracuse in Season Opener

No. 7 Cornell Beats Syracuse in Season Opener

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 7/7 Cornell women's hockey team opened up its 2018-19 campaign with 4-1 victory over Syracuse Tuesday night at Lynah Rink. With the win the Big Red advanced to 1-0-0 on the season, while the Orange fell to 2-4-0.
 
Kristin O'Neill led the way with two goals for the Big Red, including the game-winner.The junior captain led the team in both goals (21) and points (41) last season.
 
Things did not start out on the right foot for the Big Red, who surrendered a goal just 1:21 into the contest. Syracuse's Brooke Avery fired a shot that made its way past Marlène Boissonnault net.
 
The Big Red responded quickly, evening the score just over two minutes later when Sam Burke netted the first goal of her collegiate career. The freshman forward swooped in and put home a loose rebound after Grace Graham was denied on the doorstep twice by Syracuse netminder Ady Cohen.
 
Minutes later the Big Red added to its lead with the first of O'Neill's two goals. The attempt was beautifully set up by Maddie Mills, who took the puck behind the net and sent a back-handed centering try with a defender applying pressure. O'Neill sent a straightaway one-timer top shelf to put the Big Red up 2-1 just over six minutes into the opening frame.
 
After the game appeared to have the makings of an offensive shootout with three goals in the opening six minutes of play, both goaltenders settled in. Boissonnault, who allowed in the first shot she faced, ended the game with 23 consecutive saves. For Syracuse, Cohen finished the game with 29 shot denials.
 
It wasn't until there was under four minutes remaining in the contest that the Big Red scored its third goal. Lenka Serdar tracked down the puck in the corner and sent it across to Micah Zandee-Hart, who was open in the slot. Zandee-Hart attempted a shot, but weakly hit it off of her stick. Fortunately for the Big Red, Pippy Gerace was planted to the left of the net and put home the point-blank chance.
 
O'Neill secured the win with and empty-netter with 2:26 left on the clock.
 
The win also marks the 11th consecutive win for the Big Red in the series over the Orange. The two first met in the 2009-10, when the Orange handed the Big Red a 2-1 loss in overtime on Jan. 5, 2010. Since then the Big Red have claimed each game.
 
Cornell opens up ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Puck drop for both games is set for 3 p.m.