HAMILTON—Danielle Serdachny and the Colgate Women's Hockey team were ready to go Saturday afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena in a 4-1 victory over Holy Cross.
The freshman became the first Raider in the past decade to score multiple goals in her first collegiate game. Her pair of tallies and two point games from Coralie Larose, Noemi Neubauerova and Tanner Gates led Colgate against the Crusaders.
The Raiders came out with plenty of energy in the game's opening 20 minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. Colgate held a 12-5 edge in shots and had myriad great chances, including a few from the line combination of Kendall Williamson, Sammy Smigliani and Kaitlyn O'Donohoe.
The tide permanently shifted in the home side's favor less than a minute into the second stanza. While shorthanded, Serdachny caused a turnover in the neutral zone and came in all alone on Holy Cross goalie Jada Brenon. The freshman faked a deke to her backhand, then slid a forehanded shot on the ice for the first goal of the 20th season of NCAA women's ice hockey.
Colgate continued its torrid pace and found the back of the net exactly nine minutes later. After Larose fed the puck to Neubauerova, the sophomore uncorked a heavy wrist shot from the high slot that beat Brenon low. It was the second straight season opener that Neubauerova has scored in after she had the first goal of the 2018-19 season against Penn State.
After 40 minutes of play, Colgate had a firm upper hand with the two goal advantage and a 28-8 lead in shots on goal.
Playing in her first career game with the assistant captain's "A" on her chest, Larose was able to all but put away the game midway through the third period. She collected a pass from Gates in the left faceoff circle and perfectly placed a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Brenon and under the bar for her first of the year.
Serdachny put the final touches on the afternoon with just under five minutes to play when she toe dragged and fired a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Brenon high.
The Crusaders were able to find the back of the net with a minute and a half to play to spoil a potential Liz Auby shutout, but it was still a convincing win to start off the season.
- Colgate 4, Holy Cross 1
Facts & Figures
- Neubauerova's two point game was the third of her career.
- Gates now has three career games with multiple assists and five with multiple points.
- Larose led all skaters with a +3 rating.
- Auby is now unbeaten in her last eight decisions.
- Allyson Simpson also notched her first collegiate point in her first collegiate game with an assist on Neubauerova's goal.
From the Source
Freshman forward Danielle Serdachny
On her line with Rosy Demers and Malia Schneider:
- "They're both really good people and really great players," said Serdachny. "It makes it easy for me to play with them."
On her goals:
- "The first one was kind of a lucky bounce and I was able to go in on a breakaway, which was nice," said Serdachny. "And I saw an opening in the middle of the ice on the second one, so I was patient with it and shot it."
Head coach Greg Fargo
- "It was a good day for us," said Fargo. "Anytime you play this early, it's evident that there's a lot to work out. But overall, we had a handful of days to prepare for this and we were pretty good at staying true to what we've been working on. We've got a team that likes to possess the puck and make some plays and we saw that tonight."
- "When you have depth, the load doesn't fall on one line's shoulders," said Fargo. "There were some shifts where we would grab momentum and then the next line would do the same. That's the kind of team we want to be."
On Danielle Serdachny:
- "She was tremendous tonight," said Fargo. "That was a really good start for her career. She was strong in all facets of her game and she made really nice plays on both goals. What I was impressed with was her compete level to be able to go and get the puck. She was competing on faceoffs and her line was on top of pucks all night."
The Raiders cap their opening weekend Sunday with an afternoon exhibition against the Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves of the PWHL. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.