Women’s Ice Hockey Heads to Boston, Splits Series


Colgate women’s ice hockey redeemed themselves Saturday October 6, after losing to Northeastern in the first game of the teams two game series in Boston, MA.

Jack Breitowich, Maroon-News Staff

Now that hockey season is in full swing, the Colgate women’s ice hockey team is off and running or, rather, skating. The Raiders entered this past weekend ranked #8 in Division 1 of the NCAA with a 2-2-0 record with wins against #5 Ohio State and Penn State. The Raiders played two games against the #9 Northeastern Huskies in Boston last weekend in preparation for the up- coming ECAC slate of games.

The first game was Friday, October 12. Colgate started off the game strong with a first period goal from senior Jessie Eldridge, assisted by senior Olivia Zafuto and sophomore Malia Schneider. Eldridge continued to show her dominance throughout the game with her line contributing on many plays.

The Raiders’ second goal was scored by first-year Eleri Mackay, assisted by her twin sister, Laine Mackay, making the score 2-0 in the second period. This contribution and dominance from first-year players gives the team a promising future.

With two and a half minutes left in the second period, Northeastern scored making it 2-1. However, the Raiders did not sit back in the third period.

Eleven minutes into the third period, Schneider tallied her first goal and second point of the game. Zafuto also picked up her second assist of the game and first-year Nemo Neubauerova tallied an assist. This goal pushed the Raiders to a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

Northeastern scored with seven minutes left in the third period making the score 3-2. The Huskies final surge was not enough as Colgate’s defense shut them down with the help of senior goaltender Julia Vandyk. The Raiders won Friday  night’s game 3-2.

The Raiders played the second game of their doubleheader against Northeastern on Saturday, October 13, with the hope of getting their first-weekend sweep of the season.

Northeastern opened up the scoring eight minutes into the game making it 1-0. One minute later, Northeastern scored another goal doubling their lead. However, the Raiders were not set back.

Colgate scored in the first, cutting North- eastern’s lead in half. Colgate’s goal was scored by sophomore Coralie Larose, assisted by seniors Bailey Larson and Shae Labbe. Northeastern, however, scored with twenty seconds left in the first period to push their lead to 3-1. Five minutes into the second period, Colgate cut their deficit to one goal as Coralie Larose scored her second goal of the game, also assisted by Labbe and Larson. Larose’s second goal made it 3-2.

“We are rolling up our sleeves and getting better. We have a great week of practice ahead of us and we will be ready to go next puck drop,” assistant coach Stefan Decosse said.

Northeastern scored two unanswered goals in the second and third period propelling them to a 5-2 win. This was the last time Colgate will play Northeastern in the regular season. Colgate’s next two games are on October 26 against their conference Dartmouth College at 4:00 p.m. and on October 27 against their conference rival Harvard University at 3:00 p.m. in Hamilton at the Class of 1965 Arena.

Contact Jack Breitowich at [email protected].