First Period Surge Sends Princeton Past Syracuse

First Period Surge Sends Princeton Past Syracuse

Sharon Frankel and Maggie Connors both tallied first-period goals for the Princeton women's ice hockey team, which fought off a trio of Syracuse rallies Sunday to post a 5-3 victory over the Orange. The win moves the Tigers to 4-2-2 on the season and extends the team's unbeaten streak to six games.

Connors had a hand in both of Princeton's first two goals, including assisting on a Frankel goal less than two minutes into the game. She built on that early momentum by scoring off an assists from Shannon Griffin just over two minutes later, and that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead they would maintain for the rest of the period.

The trend for the final 40 minutes saw Syracuse cut the deficit to one goal, and then Princeton answered each time to extend the lead back to two. Sarah Verbeek, who scored the lone Tiger goal in a 1-1 tie against the Orange Saturday, had the team's lone tally of the second period, while Karlie Lund had a goal late in the third to open a 4-2 lead. Syracuse had one goal left in it, but Stephanie Sucharda followed up with an empty-net goal to give Princeton the final 5-3 margin.

Rachel McQuigge had 26 saves to earn the win.

For the second straight game, Princeton had the decided edge in faceoffs; the Tigers won 43 of the 63 draws.

Princeton will host Colgate next Friday at 6 pm in its #BlackOutBaker night, when the Tigers hope to fill Baker Rink for its showdown against the reigning NCAA finalist and ECAC rival.