TROY, N.Y.—The Colgate Women's Hockey team controlled play Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House to knock off RPI 4-2 to complete the regular season.
The opening period saw the Raiders control the game territorially, but could not convert. They ended the frame with a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal, but they weren't able to solve Engineer starting goalie Lovisa Selander.
Colgate continued to hold the edge in possession in the second period, but it was an unconventional play that got them on the board. With Olivia Zafuto streaking down the ice, Jessie Eldridge flipped an overhead pass from Colgate's own blue line to the attacking end. Zafuto flagged it down and beat Selander to give the Raiders the lead early in the frame.
RPI started to push back afterwards and finally broke through on Raider starting goalie Julia Vandyk when Blake Orosz cashed in with just over six minutes left.
Eldridge and the Raiders had a response with time winding down in the second. While on the power play, Tanner Gates fed Eldridge in the right faceoff dot. Eldridge then slid it below the goal line to Rosalie Demers, who gave it right back to Eldridge for a one-timed finish on the far side.
The teams seemed destined to enter the dressing rooms with Colgate up one, but the Raiders had other ideas. With just a few seconds left on the clock, Caroline Ross threw a desperation shot towards goal that hit an Engineer in front and went in for the junior's first goal as a Raider. It was her second career goal, as she scored while a member of Boston College.
RPI did not go quietly, as it got on the board just over six minutes into the third on a Jamie Grigsby goal.
The Raiders got right back to it afterwards and finished the frame with a 16-8 advantage in shots on goal, which included another first for Colgate. With just over five minutes left in the third, Chelsea Jacques scored her first of the season when she banged home a pass from Malia Schneider in front.
Jacques' tally was more than enough, as the Raiders clamped down in the final five minutes to complete the weekend sweep.
- #9 Colgate 4, RPI 2
Facts & Figures
- Eldridge extended her point streak to 13 games. She has 23 points during that span.
- The Raiders are now 10-6-4 on the road this season.
- Jacques' last goal came on Feb. 24, 2018 against Harvard.
- Ross' last goal was on Feb. 3, 2017 against UConn when she was still a member of Boston College.
- Colgate is now on an eight-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest of the season.
- After a three-way tiebreaking procedure was conducted, Colgate has finished the regular season in second place in the ECAC and will host Harvard in a best-of-3 quarterfinal series.
From the Source
Head Coach Greg Fargo:
- "It was a really good weekend overall as far as our play goes. Especially tonight, we really played the game the way we want to play. The neat thing about our team right now is we feel good about what we're doing and we're playing well at the right time of the year."
- "Our team overall has just matured. We were a young group to start the year and our younger players have found their way and grown a lot. Our veterans have done a really nice job of getting everyone focused and heading in the right direction."
On quarterfinal matchup against Harvard:
- "They're a really well-coached team and they have some depth up front especially and a really good goalie. With the eight teams that made the playoffs, it doesn't matter who you're playing this time of year, you know you're going to be playing a quality opponent and Harvard is one of those teams."
- "It doesn't really matter who we play, it's just a matter of us being ready to go on Friday and play our best hockey at the right time of the year. The results will come if you play your best."
Saturday concluded the regular season, but the Raiders press on to the postseason starting Friday night. Colgate will play Harvard in game one of a best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinal series at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.