Colgate (3-3) won and lost the weekend series with Northeastern (2-1-1) and will take a week break until they open ECAC play at home against Dartmouth and Harvard.
Friday, Colgate-3, Northeastern-2
Colgate scored first and sure in the opening period as Senior Jessie Eldridge took a pass from fellow senior Olivia Zafuto and shot low from the center blue line to put Colgate up 1-0 in the first two minutes. Colgate then continued to put the pressure on the Northeastern goalie by shooting on goal 13 more times.
They would cash another goal in the opening minute in the second period thanks to twin freshmen Delani MacKay and Eleri MacKay. Delani sent the dish to Eleri from the boards. Eleri then had her shot blocked but followed up with her first goal of the career to make it 2-0. Northeastern would finally get on the board 2-1 late in the second to cut the lead 2-1.
Sophomore Malia Schneider would score the game winning goal midway through the final period. Freshman Nemo Neubauerova and senior Olivia Zafuto were fighting at goal to get the puck in but Schneider found the opening on the right side of the post and slid the puck in. A quick power play goal by the Huskies put them within one again with less than three minutes left to play, but the Raiders held off them off in the end 3-2.
Northeastern won the battle on shots on goal but senior net minder Julia Vandyk stopped 36 shots in order to earn the victory.
Saturday, Northeastern-5, Colgate-2
Saturday’s game was just unlucky. Credit to Northeastern for cashing in on chances and stifling Colgate offensively in this game. Northeastern scored two goals midway through the opening stanza to go up 2-0. Sophomore Coralie Larose however answered back with a goal of her own to cut the lead 2-1. After Colgate won the face off, senior Shae Labbe passed the puck to Larose which then turned into a 2-0 against the Northeastern goalie. Larose found the net herself as she shot tops shelf to score Colgate’s first of the game.
Late in the first Northeastern got another goal to gain a 3-1 lead. The second period was a close battle but Larose again found the back of the net via the crossbar shot to make it 3-2. That would be all the scoring the Raiders would do unfortunately as Northeastern put up another goal in the second and the third period to close it to a final 5-2.
A few takeaways from this weekend series is that Coralie Larose is starting to heat up this season with the high crossbar shots which is great for Colgate. Still a few kinks that need to be worked out defensively but starting 3-3 against nonconference opponents is actually a good thing. Overall it was a learning experience and it sets Colgate up to kickoff ECAC play next weekend.