ITHACA, N.Y. — Jessie Eldridge rewrote history as the Colgate Women's Hockey all-time leader in NCAA Division I scoring Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink, but the Raiders fell 4-2 to Cornell.
After an even opening few minutes of play, the home side was able to convert on a tip-in goal by Maddie Mills just before the midway point.
The Big Red doubled up on its advantage with just over five minutes left in the period when Lenka Serdar cashed in on a shorthanded opportunity.
After the first intermission, the Raiders did not take long get themselves back in the game and Eldridge finished off what turned out to be a historic goal.
Following some sustained offensive zone pressure, Olivia Zafuto fired a shot from the left faceoff circle that was turned aside by Cornell goalie Marlene Boissonnault. The rebound bounced to the right of the goal, where Eldridge was waiting to stuff it home.
The goal was the 20th of the year for Eldridge and it was also the 142nd point in her Raider career, which passed Sam Hunt '09 for the program record for points in NCAA Division I hockey.
Eldridge and the Raiders were not done, as the senior (and newly crowned NCAA Division I program scoring queen) had the equalizer ten minutes later.
Following a great save in the defensive end by Colgate goalie Julia Vandyk, Eldridge and Malia Schneider broke into the attacking end. Schneider slipped a pass to Eldridge at the bottom of the left faceoff circle, who one-timed it home to even the score.
Cornell had an answer for the Raiders, as Serdar and Paige Lewis scored in a span of 56 seconds to give the Big Red a two-goal advantage going into the second break.
The home side was able to hold on in the third period, as Colgate could not find the back of the net on 11 shots on goal.
- #6 Cornell 4, #8 Colgate 2
Facts & Figures
- Zafuto is now on a seven-game point streak.
- Eldridge extended her point streak to five games in the win.
- Schneider is now on a five-game point streak.
- This weekend marked the first time Colgate has been swept in a weekend series since Feb. 24-25, 2017.
Colgate is back on home ice at Class of 1965 Arena Friday, Feb. 1 to host RPI. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.