St. Lawrence falls to Colgate

St. Lawrence falls to Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Colgate goaltender Julia Vandyk made 33 saves to lead the Raiders to a 5-1 over the ninth-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team in an ECAC Hockey game at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, New York, on Saturday afternoon.

Shae Labbe and Jessie Eldridge both scored a goal and added an assist for Colgate, while Rachael Smithscored the lone goal for the Saints.

"Tonight's game was similar to last in that we had great opportunities and weren't able to capitalize," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We shot a few wide and Vandyk made some fabulous saves, especially on Kalie Grant when it was 1-0. Colgate is opportunistic and creates chances off the rush and tonight was no exception. It's going to be great league with so much parity and teams working as hard as they do. Every weekend is going to be unpredictable."

Colgate scored its first goal halfway through the first period. St. Lawrence goaltender Sonjia Shelly went behind her own net to play a dump-in, but Coralie Larose was able to get to the puck before a St. Lawrence defender and found Rosalie Demers all alone in front of the net, and Demers hit the wide open net to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.

Labbe gave Colgate a 2-0 lead late in the first. After taking a feed from Eldridge in the high slot, Labbe skated into the right faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net on Shelly's glove side.

Eldridge scored a goal of her own with just over five minutes to play in the second period, taking a pass from Malia Schneider at the right faceoff dot and going backhand-forehand before sniping a low shot just inside the far post.

Smith got the Saints on the scoreboard with a power play goal halfway through the third period. After taking a pass from Maggie McLaughlin, Smith fired a shot off the side of the Colgate net, then gathered the puck behind the red line, wheeled around and sent the puck through the crease, where it bounced off a Colgate defender's skate and into the net. Kayla Vespa also earned an assist on the play.

Bailey Larson added an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play, and Kendall Williamson added another goal off a pass from Labbe from behind the net just nine seconds later for the final goal of the game.

Shelly stopped 17 shots and allowed three goals in the first two periods of play. Grace Harrison played the final period for the Saints, stopping 11 shots and allowing one goal.

St. Lawrence fell to 9-8-1 overall, 4-2-0 in ECAC Hockey, while Colgate improved to 9-5-2, 5-3-1.

The Saints will play a home-and-home series with Clarkson next weekend, hosting the Golden Knights on Friday at 3 p.m. Former St. Lawrence women's hockey coach Paul Flanagan '80 will be honored during the game as part of the "Legends of Appleton" ceremonies.