Women’s Hockey Defeats UNH In Two-Game Series


The women’s hockey team is ranked third in the country with an undefeated record of 11-1-0. The team continued its stellar performance over the weekend crushing UNH 7-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. 

The Colgate women’s hockey team had a packed weekend with a double header against the New Hampshire Wildcats on Friday and Saturday night. The Raiders started off the weekend with an outstanding performance on Friday, tallying five goals in the second period to end the game with a 7-1 win. Junior forward Shae Labb was on fire and made history on the ice. She scored her third career hat-trick and scored all three of these goals within a nine minute period, which is the fastest time in program history. Labb steals the record from Kara Leene ’08 who scored three goals in eleven minutes in 2006.

“The first period was a back-and-forth period. Both goalies had to make some saves and we got a big penalty kill that carried us through the first 20 minutes,” head coach Greg Fargo said.

The first-year players stepped up for the Raiders on the offensive end. Forward Coralie Larose, defender Jackie Leone and forward Bailey Bennett all scored their first career goals. These goals helped contribute to Colgate’s powerhouse offense. The Raider’s five goals in the second period made history; this was the most goals scored by a Colgate women’s ice hockey team in a single period since Leene scored her then-record-breaking hat-trick.

“Friday’s game was a huge boost for us. We filled the net and kept our foot on the gas pedal even though we were up by a lot of goals. We had a lot of fun, but knew that we were going to get UNH’s best on Saturday. They played a really tough game, but we stuck with our game plan and found a way to win. I think we really proved that we are a veteran team this weekend,” senior forward Shelby Perry said.

The Raiders had momentum going into Saturday night’s matchup against the Wildcats again. They beat the Wildcats 2-1, giving the team at a four game winning streak. The hero of the night was senior forward Breanne Wilson-Bennett, who scored the game-winning goal with just 2:35 remaining in regulation time. Another star of the night was senior forward Megan Sullivan, who scored the 40th goal of her Colgate career to help the Raiders pull off a 2-1 win. On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Julia Vandyk finished the night with 22 saves to help keep the Raiders ahead of the Wildcats. This was the fifth game of the season where Vandyke made twenty or more saves.

“I think that our team really showed what we are capable of this weekend. We were really excited after a huge win on Friday night and we knew that we were going to get another tough matchup with UNH on Saturday. UNH came out ready to play Saturday, but we played our game for 60 minutes and found a way to win together,” Sullivan said.

These two wins were significant for the Raiders, giving Colgate an impressive record of 11-1-0 and third nationally. They are staying on the road for the seventh game in a row next weekend to play back-to-back games. The first game is on Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m. against the Yale Bulldogs. The next day, the team will head to Providence, Rhode Island to take on the Brown Bears at 3 p.m.

Contact Kate Kelly at kkelly@colgate.edu.