No. 7 Cornell Heads To No. 2 Clarkson For NCAA Quarterfinal

ITHACA, N.Y. — The #7 women's hockey team will embark on the program's sixth NCAA Tournament journey when it travels to #2 Clarkson on Saturday for a showdown at Cheel Arena.

It will be the second meeting in Potsdam between the two ECAC Hockey programs in less than a week, as the Big Red and Golden Knights squared off on Sunday afternoon in the conference tournament title game, with the hosts winning, 1-0. The teams split the regular season series, with Clarkson edging Cornell in a 5-4 overtime thriller in the regular season finale on Feb. 18 and the Big Red taking a 2-1 game at Cheel back on Jan. 20.

NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
 3 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, March 11
PLACE: Cheel Arena — Potsdam, N.Y.
RECORDS: Cornell 20-8-5, Clarkson 29-4-5

About the Big Red
• Cornell received an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament after finishing as the runner-up in the ECAC Hockey tournament to its eventual quarterfinal opponent, Clarkson.
• The team fell to the top-seeded Golden Knights, 1-0, in the program's seventh-ever title game, as a power-play goal 6:49 into the first period proved to be the lone goal of the game.
• Cornell topped second-seeded St. Lawrence, 3-1, in the semifinal round to advance to the championship game, getting all three goals from the Class of 2020 - as Kristin O'NeillAmy Curlew and Paige Lewis all found the net - and a 31-save performance from senior Paula Voorheis.
• Sophomore co-captain and defenseman Micah Hart was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament team.
• Third-seeded Cornell took on sixth-seeded Colgate in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals and swept the series with a 2-1 win on Friday and 1-0 win on Saturday (in which Voorheis made 29 saves for her ninth career shutout).

About Clarkson
• Clarkson earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament by way of its ECAC Hockey Tournament championship victory.
• The Golden Knight's needed just a first period power-play goal from Rhyen McGill in the ECAC Hockey Championship game to escape with a 1-0 win for its first ever conference tournament title.
• Clarkson had topped Princeton, 4-0, in its semifinal matchup to advance to that March 5 tilt with Cornell.
• The top-seeded Golden Knights swept Rensselaer (4-1, 5-2) in the quarterfinal round to host the championship weekend.
• Clarkson finished the regular ECAC slate with a 19-1-2 record, with the only blemish coming in a 2-1 loss to Cornell on Jan. 20.
• Cayley Mercer - the ECAC Player of the Year  and Forward of the Year - leads Clarkson with 57 points on 26 goals and 31 assists.

The Series with Clarkson
• After the loss to the Knights in the ECAC Hockey Championship game, Cornell's season record against Clarkson stands at 1-2-0.
• Cornell gave Clarkson its lone conference blemish of the season – and snapped a Golden Knight's 18-game unbeaten streak – with a 2-1 win on Jan. 20. Sophomores Micah Hart and Pippy Gerace tallied the goals for the Big Red, with Gerace netting the game-winner with 1:16 to play in the third period. Fellow sophomore Marlène Boissonnault made a career-high 29 saves for the win, which was also the program's 550th overall.
• When the teams met on Feb. 18 in the final game of the regular season, Cornell jumped out to a 3-1 lead before taking a 4-4 score into overtime and then Cayley Mercer potted the game-winner less than a minute in.
• Cornell holds an all-time series lead of 24-17-4. 

About Head Coach Doug Derraugh '91
• Now in his 12th season directing the Cornell women's hockey program in 2016-17, Doug Derraugh amassed a 202-126-28 record in his first 11 seasons as the head coach of the Big Red, with his 200th win coming in the form of a 4-2 win last year against Yale. 
• Cornell has made the ECAC Hockey Tournament each of the last nine seasons, won the tournament four of the last seven years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in five of those seasons. 
• Derraugh guided the Big Red to the national title game in his fifth season and back-to-back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 
• He led the team to five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-2014.

We've Basically Been Here Before
• This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams in the NCAA tournament but the sixth postseason meeting.
• Besides last weekend's affair, the teams have met two other times in the ECAC Hockey Championship game.
• In 2010, Cornell topped Clarkson, 4-3, in an overtime tilt at Lynah Rink and in 2014 edge Clarkson, 1-0, at Cheel Arena. 
• Cornell also upset host Clarkson, 3-1, in the 2015 semifinal round while Clarkson swept Cornell in the 2016 quarterfinal round (2-0, 5-2).

Best of the Big Red Against Clarkson
• Twelve of Cornell's 17 skaters have at least one career point against Clarkson.
• Senior Kaitlin Doering has seven career points (2-5—7) while classmate Hanna Bunton six (2-4—6).
•Junior Sarah Knee has three points on three assists while classmate Erin O'Connor  and Brianna Veerman each have one goal and one assist.
• Sophomores Micah Hart and Pippy Gerace, along with rookies Grace Graham and Amy Curlew, each have one goal while sophomore Lenka Serdar and freshman Jaime Bourbonnaiseach have two assists and freshman Kristin O'Neill has one.
• Senior Paula Voorheis is 2-6-2 in her career against the Knights while sophomore Marlène Boissonnault is 1-0-0.
• Cornell's current senior class is 5-6-2 overall against Clarkson

Goaltenders Among the Nation's Best
• Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis has the second-highest save percentage amongst the goaltenders playing in the NCAA tournament at .944.
• In the ECAC Hockey Tournament, Voorheis posted a 0.75 goals against average and a .974 save percentage.
• Meanwhile, sophomore goaltender Marlène Boissonnault is fourth overall in the country in goals against average (1.52) and is 19th in save percentage (.925).
• Boissonnault's 10-1-2 record – which includes an eight-game unbeaten streak – gives her the nation's second-best win percentage (.846). 

Don't Fall Behind the Big Red
• Cornell is 12-1-2 this season when leading after one period and 15-0-2 when leading after two periods.
• The team has scored first in 20 games this season, going 16-2-2 in those contests. 

A Goal of Every Type
• Cornell is the only team to score in all possible manners this season.
• The Big Red has checked off a goal under all 19 classifications and has the lone awarded goal this season - and over the past two years - in college hockey.

Special Teams Scenario
• Cornell's penalty-kill ranks 11th in the nation with an 87.0-percent success rate (114-of-131), the program's best mark in three seasons.
• The Big Red entered the final game of the regular season as the only team other than Wisconsin to not give up multiple power-play goals in a game, and then Clarkson went 2-for-5 on the man-advantage in the finale. 
• Earlier this season, Cornell killed off 19 straight opponent power-plays, its longest such streak since the same number during the 2013-14 season.
• Cornell's power-play is currently fifth in the nation with a 19.7-percent conversion rate (27-of-137).
• The team has four different streaks this season of three-straight games with a power-play goal.

No Such Thing as a Sophomore Slump
• The five members of Cornell's Class of 2019 have all set career-highs this season.
• Forwards Diana Buckley (7-6—13), Pippy Gerace (5-6—11) and Lenka Serdar (2-10—12) have all hit career highs in points while co-captain Micah Hart has recorded five goals compared to just one a year ago and is second in the nation amongst blueliners in  power-play goals (5).
• In goal,Marlène Boissonnault is 10-1-2 and has a 1.52 goals against average and a .925 save percentage – after going 5-1-0 and putting up a 3.02 and .882 last year in those categories – and also earned the first and second shutouts of her career.

Brilliant Bourbonnais
• Cornell is 10-0-3 when freshman Jaime Bourbonnais notches a point and 8-0-1 when she has an assist. 
• She has had two multi-point games this season.
• The defenseman is currently tied for fourth on the team in points with 15 (5-10—15).

The Kids Are Alright
• The Class of 2020, which makes up 37 percent of the roster, has notched 39 percent of Cornell's 203 points this season.
• Of the team's 81 goals, 37 have come from a rookie class that has also put up 79 of the team's 201 points and 42 of the team's 122 assists. 

It's Worth Noting
• Senior Hanna Bunton has had a hand in the game-winning goal in nine of Cornell's 20 wins (4-5—9) this season and three players  - senior Kaitlin Doering (4-2—6), sophomore Pippy Gerace (2-4—6) and freshman Kristin O'Neill (3-3—6) - have each played a part in six game-winning goals. 
• Sophomore Micah Hart, senior Brianna Veerman and freshman Valérie Audet are tied for the team-lead in plus-minus with a plus-9 rating. 
• All 17 skaters on Cornell's roster have registered at least one point this season and 18 of the 19 rostered players in total, as senior goaltender Paula Voorheis earned an assist in a 7-2 in over Syracuse on Jan. 10. 
• Nine different players have notched a game-winning goal for Cornell this season and 13 of the Big Red's 17 skaters have at least one game-winning goal in their career.
• Each of Cornell's top 10 point-scorers this season has at least one power-play point.
• Cornell and Colgate have played three-straight 2-1 games and the last seven meetings between the squads have been decided by one goal or less, the longest active streak of such games between two ECAC Hockey teams.
• The Big Red was the last team in the NCAA this year to concede a goal in the second period, not doing so until its seventh game of the season against Yale.

Dangerous Doering
• After notching just three points (1-2—3) in the first 14 games of the season, co-captain Kaitlin Doering has scored nine goals and assisted on five others in the last 19 contests while also potting four game-winners.
• The senior scored in four straight games, which is a career long goal-streak, in those 19 games and her season total of 10 goals is a career high. 
• With a goal and an assist against Syracuse on Jan. 10, Doering earned her fourth career multi-point game and her first in 30 games – something she repeated with a goal and an assist against Union on Feb.3. 

The Tallest of Teams
• The Big Red roster has an average height of 5'6.5", making it the tallest in the NCAA with Lindenwood coming in a close second at 5'6.4".
•  Cornell's two-member junior class has an average height of 5'11.5", making it both the tallest junior class of any team in the NCAA and the tallest of any year, as it stands 2.5 inches over the next closest class (Ohio State's junior class).

O'Neill Sets Program Record
• Against St. Lawrence on Jan. 21, freshman Kristin O'Neill set a program record for short-handed goals in a season with four and then added to that with her fifth of the year against Union on Feb. 3.
• O'Neill, who leads the nation in man-down goals, is the first freshman to notch five short-handed goals in a season since Monique Lamoreux recorded five during her 2008-09 freshman season at Minnesota. 

• With her 21st save of the game on Jan. 21 against St. Lawrence, senior Paula Voorheisbecame the second goaltender in program history to reach 2,000 career saves.
• Alanna Hayes sits in first place all-time in program history with 2,381.
• Voorheis made a total of 822 saves during the 2014-15 season, which is tops in single-season history, and has made 537 saves this season in her 20 starts. 

Power-Play Prowess 
• On Feb. 18 against Clarkson, Cornell scored three-straight power-play goals in the first period and then finished the game 3-of-7 on the man-advantage. 
• Against Providence on Jan. 7, Cornell's final three goals came on the power-play and the Big Red finished the game 3-of-7 on the man-advantage. 
• The only other game on record in program history in which Cornell scored three-straight power-play goals came last year in a 4-0 win over Vermont and the Big Red went 3-of-7 on the power-play.
• Sophomore Pippy Gerace tallied the third score against both Providence and Vermont.  

Blocked Out
• Cornell has registered double-digit shot blocks in 26 of its 33 games this season and has blocked at least 15 shots in 10 games and at least 20 shots in six games.
• Sophomore Micah Hart leads the team with 55 blocked shots while freshman Kristin O'Neill is tops amongst Big Red forwards with 46, which is the highest single-season total on-record in program history for a Cornell forward.
• O'Neill is fourth in the nation amongst pure forwards in blocks per game with 1.48.
• Out of the eight teams in the tournament, Cornell has the forward with the most blocks per game (O'Neill) and the defenseman with the second most blocks per game (Hart).

Balancing Act
• Cornell had13 different players earn at least one point in its Jan. 10, 7-2 win over Syracuse, marking the first time since an Oct. 28, 2011 9-0 win over Yale that the team had at least 13 different players contribute to the scoresheet. 
• Earning her first career point in the game was senior goaltender Paula Voorheis, who tallied an assist on the Big Red's second goal of the game.
• It was the first time that a Cornell goaltender earned a point since Lauren Slebodnick '15 assisted on a goal in the last game of the 2013-14 season, a 3-2 loss to Mercyhurst in the NCAA Quarterfinal.  

Ivy League Champions
• Cornell clinched the program's 13th Ivy League title with a 5-1 win over Brown on Feb. 11 - by way of its 7-0-3 record and 17 Ivy points.
• It's the first title for Cornell since the 2012-13 season, when it shared it with Harvard, and the first outright title since the 2011-12 season.
• Cornell is the first team to finish the Ivy League slate without a loss since 2009-10, when that Cornell squad also went 8-0-2 for the title. 

Ivy Honors
• For the seventh time in program history, Cornell swept the major Ivy League awards and also placed six players on All-Ivy squads.
• Senior Hanna Bunton was named the Player of the Year while freshman Kristin O'Neill was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year and Doug Derraugh was named the Coach of the Year.
• Bunton and sophomore Micah Hart were unanimous first-team selections while O'Neill and the goaltending tandem of senior Paula Voorheis and sophomore Marlène Boissonnault were second-team selections and freshman Jaime Bourbonnais earned honorable mention. 

ECAC Hockey Honors
• Head coach Doug Derraugh was named the 2017 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year, the third time that he has earned that honor.
• Sophomore defenseman Micah Hart was named first-team All-ECAC while senior forward Hanna Bunton earned a spot on the third-team and freshman Kristin O'Neill and defenseman Jaime Bourbonnais were given all-rookie team nods.
• Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis was named the ECAC Hockey Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year.

Century Club
• A trio of Big Red players eclipsed the 100 career games played mark in the first nine games of the 2016-17 season. 
• Senior Sydney Smith played in her 100th career game on Oct. 22 against Mercyhurst. 
• Senior co-captain Kaitlin Doering skated in her 100th career game on Oct. 29 against Union. 
• Senior forward Hanna Bunton played her 100th career game on Nov. 19 against Princeton. 
• Alyssa Gagliardi '13 holds the all-time record for career games played in program history with 138. 

Meet the Captains
• Senior Kaitlin Doering and sophomore Micah Hart will be serving as Cornell's captains for the 2016-17 season. 
• Doering is coming off a 2015-16 season in which she set a career high with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. 
• Hart led all Big Red defensemen last year with 18 points on one goal and 17 assists, finished the season with six multi-point outings and was second on the team with 56 blocked shots. 
• Hart is just the fourth sophomore to don a letter in program history and the second to serve as a captain. 

The 45th Season
• With the start of the 2016-17 season, the women's hockey program embarked on its 45th season of intercollegiate play.
• Cornell, which began play with the 1972-73 season, is the second-oldest Division I women's program in the country still in existence as Brown began play in 1967-68.

Up Next
• A win over Clarkson would advance Cornell to its fourth-ever Frozen Four.