HAMILTON, NY — The Colgate Women's Hockey team shared the love Friday evening at Class of 1965 Arena with 11 different players registering a point in a 6-3 win over Yale.
Colgate came hot out of the gates and held a 5-0 advantage in shots on goal, but it was the Bulldogs that got on the board first when Charlotte Welch finished off a one-timer setup from Rebecca Vanstone.
The Raiders didn't need long to respond. Just 59 seconds later, Shae Labbe unleased a rocket of a wrist shot from the high slot that went off the post and in past Bulldog goalie Tera Hofmann. Malia Schneider and Jessie Eldridge earned assists on the play after they set it up in the neutral zone.
The top line struck again just four minutes later and it was an historic finish. Caroline Ross started the scoring play when she held the zone at the left point. She fed it down the wall to Labbe, who wheeled into the left faceoff dot, then slipped a pass to the goal line. Eldridge quickly fired it home from a sharp angle for her 25th of the year, which broke Katie Stewart's '10 record for goals in a season.
The Bulldogs came out hot in the second period and Rebecca Foggia was the benefactor, as she tied the score at two just two and a half minutes in.
Colgate got back to business right after. The Raiders carried play in the attacking play for most of the frame, but it wasn't until 12 minutes later when they finally cashed in.
After possessing the puck in the attacking zone, Schneider fed Olivia Zafuto at the left point. She moved it over to the far point and Shelby Wood, who wristed a high shot through traffic that eluded a screen and found the back of the net for Wood's first of the year.
The Raiders weren't done in the period, as their dangerous power play unit got to work with two and a half minutes to play. Labbe and Delani MacKay controlled off the opening faceoff before Zafuto unleashed a one-timed slap shot from center point to double up the Colgate lead to close the period.
Colgate kept rolling in the third period, led by Bailey Larson. The senior tallied her ninth of the year eight and a half minutes in when a Rosalie Demers shot deflected onto her stick for an easy finish.
Yale wouldn't go down quietly, as Charlotte Welch scored four minutes later, but Larson had the last laugh. She scored on the power play late in the period to cap the scoring.
- #9 Colgate 6, Yale 3
Facts & Figures
- Eldridge now has at least one point in 10 straight games.
- Eldridge also passed Heather Murphy '02 for most assists in a career with 84.
- Zafuto now has six power play goals on the season, which puts her in a tie for third in the nation.
- The Raiders improved to 10-2-1 at Class of 1965 Arena this season.
- Labbe's four-point night was her first of the year and the second of her career.
- With St. Lawrence's loss against Harvard, the Raiders are guaranteed home ice for the ECAC quarterfinal round.
From the Source
Senior Forward Jessie Eldridge
- "It was a good home win tonight," said Eldridge. "It's never easy to win in this league. It was nice to come out on home ice in front of our friends and families and get the job done."
- "There's been a lot of energy around the team for the whole week," said Eldridge. "It's bittersweet being a senior and knowing this is the last regular season home weekend, but you also want to have your best game going at this point in the season."
- "If you look at our class as a whole, it's been a special experience," said Eldridge. "Every single one of us has contributed and where we've been able to take the team has been a lot of fun."
The Raiders close their home regular season schedule Saturday against Brown. Senior Day at Class of 1965 Arena begins with a 3 p.m. puck drop against the Bears.