RPI holds off Syracuse

RPI holds off Syracuse

TROY, N.Y. – Senior netminder Lovisa Selander made 41 saves and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team held on for a 2-1 victory over Syracuse University, on Tuesday afternoon the Houston Field House. With the win, the Engineers improve to 7-9-4, while the Orange drop to 4-15-1.

Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien) stopped the first 30 shots she faced, including all 18 in the second period, allowing the hosts to build an early lead. She then turned away 16 of 17 in the third period to secure the one-goal victory.

Freshman Emma Hicks (Burlington, ON/Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins) opened the scoring at 15:11 of the first period, stuffing home a feed from behind the net by sophomore Morgan Ondrick (Shorewood, IL/Chicago Young Americans). The tally, which was the first of Hicks' collegiate career, drew an assist from classmate Lilli Friis-Hansen (Lyngby, Denmark/Gentofte), who earned her first NCAA point on the play.

RPI doubled its lead at 9:53 of the second, when sophomore Lauren Severson (Rockford, IL/Madison Capitals) deke her way past Syracuse junior goaltender Ady Cohen (Boyton Beach, FL) for her third goal of the season. Receiving a pass at center ice from senior Aly Tremblay (Hayward, WI/Minnesota Revolution), Severson made a move from her forehand to her backhand, before lifting the puck over Cohen for the eventual game-winning goal.

The second period ended with a flurry of chances at both ends of the ice, including a pair of breakaways for the Engineers, but Cohen was able to keep the deficit at two heading into the third.

Syracuse drew to within 2-1 at 5:12 of the third period, on junior Anonda Hoppner's (Carp, ON) fifth goal of the season. Following a shot by junior Kelli Rowswell (Winnipeg, MB) that was saved by Selander, Hoppner flipped home the rebound from just outside the crease. Freshman Lauren Bellefontaine (Kemptville, ON) earned the secondary assist.

Selander (5-8-4) earned her second straight victory, while Cohen (1-4-0) finished with 17 saves, including eight in the third. RPI was 0 for 1 on the power play and did not take a penalty.

The Engineers are back in action this weekend, when they host No. 6 Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday (6pm) and Saturday (3pm), respectively. Syracuse visits RIT on Friday (6pm).