Seniors, power plays lifts Colgate past Quinnipiac

Seniors, power plays lifts Colgate past Quinnipiac

HAMILTON—Colgate Women's Hockey's senior class was on display Friday afternoon in a 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac at Class of 1965 Arena.

A pair of fourth-year players got the scoring started midway through the first period for the Raiders. While on the power play, Eleri MacKay and Shae Labbe both had close chances to finish, but then Labbe fed classmate Olivia Zafuto in the high slot, who blasted a one-timer past Bobcat netminder Abbie Ives for her fourth of the year.

Colgate's power play struck again six minutes later to extend the lead. Labbe ripped a pass from the right point to the right of the goal line where Bailey Larson was waiting. Larson's one-timed attempt hit the post, but MacKay was waiting just outside the crease to tap home her fifth of the year.

While the Raiders excelled in the offensive zone, Julia Vandyk had to be sharp to maintain the advantage. She was perfect on all 11 Bobcat shots she saw in the opening period and she was swiftly rewarded in the second frame.

Just over two minutes into the period, Larson cleared her own end by flipping a pass to the red line. After it bounced past a Quinnipiac defender, Coralie Larose picked it up and came in all alone on a breakaway. Her original shot was stopped, but the rebound squirted free to just in front of the goal line. Crashing the net hard, Rosalie Demers was able to put a stick on it to cash in for her fourth of the season.

Colgate's advantage reached four a few minutes later on another finish from just a few feet away from the goal. After she held the zone, Tanner Gates stuffed home a rebound off of a Chelsea Jacques shot. It was the freshman's third of the season.

The Raider shutout was broken late in the frame on a fancy finish while the Bobcats were on the power play. Kate MacKenzie was eventually the one who scored on a slap shot from the left faceoff dot to narrow the Colgate lead to 4-1.

Quinnipiac was not done in the period, as Randi Marcon scored just two minutes later to make the third period an interesting one.

Vandyk made sure that the outcome didn't come to the final moments, as the senior stood tall with 13 saves in the closing frame. Colgate was able to seal the deal when Larson made an unselfish pass to Larose on a 2-on-1, before the sophomore slid it home on an empty net with 12 seconds left.

Bottom Line

  • #9 Colgate 5, Quinnipiac 2

Facts & Figures

  • All four of Zafuto's goals in the 2018-19 season have come on the power play. She is ranked in the top-10 in the nation in the category.
  • Larson's three-point game was her first of the season and the third of her career.
  • Vandyk played in her 100th career game in the win. She has now played 5,881 minutes in goal, which is second in program history. Rebecca Lahar '05 is the only Raider with more minutes played (6,072).
  • With her two assists on the day, Labbe took the team lead in the category with 13 on the campaign.
  • Colgate is now 5-1-2 in its last eight games.

From the Source
Head Coach Greg Fargo

  • "I'm proud of our group for their effort," said Fargo. "After being hit by illness this week, our group rallied behind one another and earned a hard fought win."
  • "There were many character plays made that won't show up on the scoresheet, but made a huge difference in the game."

Up Next
The Raiders complete the weekend Saturday when they battle #5 Princeton at Class of 1965 Arena in a special Kids and Family Day game. The Tigers are the hottest team in the country with a 17-game unbeaten streak after they beat #4 Cornell 5-0 Friday in Ithaca. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.