RPI concludes season with loss to No. 4 Cornell

RPI concludes season with loss to No. 4 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kristin O'Neill and Gillis Frechette each netted a pair of goals to lead the fourth-ranked Cornell University women's hockey team to a 6-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Game 3 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Lynah Rink. With the win, the Big Red improve to 22-4-6 and advance to the Semifinals, while the Engineers conclude their season at 14-18-5.

The hosts struck first midway through the first period, when Lenka Serdar took a centering feed from Jaime Bourbonnais and rifling a shot past RPI senior goaltender Lovisa Selander from between the circles. Paige Lewis picked up the secondary assist on the goal, which came at 9:45.

Cornell made it 2-0 at 15:12 as Frechette put home a rebound from close range. Diana Buckley had her initial attempt kicked out by Selander, but the carom fell to Frechette for the backhand tally.

RPI drew to within 2-1 at 12:46 of the second period on a power play goal by senior Jaimie Grigsby. Classmate Taylor Schwalbe worked the puck down Grigsby at the right side of the net. Her centering attempt deflected off the back of Cornell senior netminder Marlene Boissonnault and into the net. The goal, which also drew an assist from junior Blake Orosz, was Grigsby's eighth of the year.

The Big Red answered a minute later, as O'Neill potted the first of her two on the day, extending the lead back to two goals (3-1). Amy Curlew and Willow Slobodzian had the assists.

O'Neill then made it 4-1 at 3:50 of the third, firing a low shot that found its way past Selander. Frechette collected her second goal of the game at 4:27, before Bella King capped the scoring at 17:26.

Boissonnault (19-4-4) finished with seven saves to earn the win, while Selander (12-17-5) had 55 stops, including 23 in the first period alone. She finishes the series with 167 total saves. Her 1,232 stops on the year is the third most in NCAA DI history and she pushed her all-time career mark to 4,167.

The Engineers' 14 victories are the most since 2009-10 and their victory in Game 2 of the series was the first by an eighth seed in conference history.