A pair of Colgate Women's Hockey players netted their first career goals and Liz Auby stood tall in the Raiders' 5-2 win over Syracuse Friday night at Class of 1965 Arena.
The Raiders controlled play early on and they cashed in quickly thanks to a first career goal. Kendall Williamson negated a potential icing call when she beat an Orange defender to the faceoff dot in the Colgate offensive zone. From there, she fed Sammy Smigliani in the slot, who walked to the far side and tucked home her first collegiate tally just under seven minutes in.
Colgate continued to control the pace of play, but was snake bitten until the final minutes of the frame, when the offense came in waves.
Noemi Neubauerova continued her torrid offensive pace with just over five minutes left when she jumped on a loose puck in the slot and lifted one home past Orange goalie Ady Cohen. Darcie Lappan and Rosy Demers both earned an assist on the play.
Just a few minutes later, the Raiders found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play and they did not let it go by without another tally. Coralie Larose fired a shot on goal from the point that bounced loose in front. Delani MacKay was ready with her stick down and fired it home to make it 3-0.
Syracuse turned the tides in the second period and outshot the Raiders 11-0, but starting goalie Auby was up to the task. She turned aside all 11 shots that she saw to keep Syracuse off the board and maintain the three-goal cushion heading into the concluding stanza.
The play evened out again in the final period and Colgate added to its lead. After Tanner Gates had a golden scoring chance in front, the rebound skipped free. Williamson and Sydney Bard could not corral it, then Maggie MacEachern fired a shot from the left faceoff dot that beat Cohen high for the freshman's first career goal.
Syracuse finally beat Auby with just over seven minutes to play, but Colgate had a quick answer. Caroline Ross took a pass from Shelby Wood at the left point and wristed a shot that beat Cohen for the senior's first on the campaign with three minutes to play.
The Orange added another one with under a minute to play, but the Raider win was still well in hand.
- Colgate 5, Syracuse 2
Facts & Figures
- Williamson's multi-point and multi-assist effort were both the first of her career.
- Delani MacKay's multi-point game was the first of the season and the second of her career.
- Bard's assist went down as her first collegiate point.
- 12 of Colgate's 18 skaters registered at least a point in the game.
From the Source
Head coach Greg Fargo
- "It was nice to get back playing after being off for two weeks," said Fargo. "There were some good things out of the first period. It was a period where both teams shared momentum at times and we had some really good power plays that tilted the ice back our way."
- "To build on a 3-0 lead was a good feeling," said Fargo. "We hadn't had a lead like that yet this year, but our team responded well."
- "The last 10 ten minutes were the best of the game for us," said Fargo. "We were able to get one, but more importantly, I liked the way we played. It was a 5-2 game, but it felt much closer and we know Syracuse will be ready to go tomorrow."
On Auby's play:
- "She's been there for us time and time again," said Fargo. "As time goes on and she builds confidence, the team is going to feel good about having her back there. She was there again tonight when we needed her and she kept coming up with the right save at the right time."
The Raiders and Orange close their weekend series Saturday afternoon in the Salt City. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.