Colgate Drops Series Opener Against Harvard

Colgate Drops Series Opener Against Harvard

HAMILTON—The Colgate Women’s Hockey team was defeated 5-2 by Harvard in game one of the ECAC quarterfinals Friday night at Class of 1965 Arena. 

The first period had the looks of a playoff game. Both teams felt their way into the game with a tense mood in the air, but it was the visitors that found their footing first. 

Keely Moy got on the board just under 10 minutes into the game when her wrist shot beat Colgate starting goalie Julia Vandyk.

The Raiders held a 10-8 edge in shots after 20 minutes, but the Crimson lead stood. 

Colgate started to build momentum in the second period, but Harvard had an answer once again. Just under 10 minutes into the second, Lexie Laing cashed in to extend the Crimson lead to two.

Shelby Wood led the charge back for the Raiders when she scored on a long range wrist shot for her second of the year late in the frame. Shae Labbe and Olivia Zafuto picked up assists on the play after they worked the puck around in the attacking end.

The score remained the same going into the third period, but the Crimson took over after that. Kat Hughes scored two goals in the span of 53 seconds to give Harvard a 4-1 lead and end Vandyk’s evening. Liz Auby replaced her in net. 

Harvard tacked on another just a couple minutes later thanks to Becca Gilmore.

Malia Schneider had one final attempt at a comeback for Colgate when she scored on the power play with six minutes left. Jessie Eldridge and Tanner Gates got assists on the play.

Bottom Line

·       Harvard 5, #9 Colgate 2

Facts & Figures  

·       Eldridge extended her point streak to 14 games.

·       Eldridge broke the program’s all-time scoring record (NCAA Division I and Division III combined) with her assist to get to 161 career points. 

·       Colgate had their eight-game unbeaten streak snapped, which was previously the longest in the country. 

Up Next

The Raiders must win Saturday in game two in order to extend their season. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. from Class of 1965 Arena.