HAMILTON, NY -- A pair of comebacks was not enough Friday afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena for the Colgate Women's Hockey team, as they fell to #6 Cornell 4-2.
The Route 13 rivals battled tight in the game's opening 10 minutes, which contributed to a low combined total of nine shots on goal in the opening frame.
At the 5:51 mark of the first period, Raider starting goalie Julia Vandyk made history. She became the program's all-time leader in minutes played at 6072:38, which passed Rebecca Lahar '05.
Special teams proved to be a factor right away, as Cornell received the game's first power play and converted. Kristin O'Neill had a shot from the slot go off the post, then she followed up on her rebound and scored to give the visitors the lead with just over ten minutes gone.
With under a minute to play, Cornell was well on its way to entering the intermission with the lead, but the Raiders had other ideas. With just ten seconds to play, Shae Labbe forced a turnover in the defensive end. From there, Malia Schneider carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot wide. Jessie Eldridge swooped in behind the net, turned and fired a shot from behind the cage that hit the skate of Big Red goalie Marlene Boissonnault and went in.
The marker was Eldridge's 19th of the year and tied her with Sam Hunt '06 for the program record in NCAA Division I scoring with career points.
In the second frame, Colgate controlled play for the majority of the 20 minutes, but the Big Red power play proved to be lethal once again. On a wild goalmouth scramble, Lenka Serdar scored to give the visitors the lead heading into the third.
The Big Red advantage did not last long, as the resurgent Raiders found the equalizer once again just over three minutes into the third period.
Delani MacKay won an offensive zone faceoff to begin the play. From there, Olivia Zafuto wheeled around the net then fed the puck in front to a waiting Eleri MacKay who slammed it home for her sixth on the campaign.
The teams played even for another eight minutes, before Amy Curlew put Cornell back in the lead for good with her first of the season.
Curlew's tally turned out to the game-winner, as a Grace Graham goal with just over four minutes left proved to be too much for the Raiders.
- #6 Cornell 4, #8 Colgate 2
Facts & Figures
- The loss ended Colgate's unbeaten streak at four games.
- Zafuto now has at least one point in six straight games.
- Eldridge now has 19 points in her last 12 games and is on a four-game point streak.
- Labbe is now on a six-game point streak and has 11 points in that span.
- Schneider now has at least one point in four straight games.
Colgate and Cornell meet again Saturday, but change venues to Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.