The Colgate Raiders (3-3) take on the Harvard Crimson (1-0) on Saturday and the Dartmouth Big Green (0-1) tomorrow.
Colgate took a week off after taking on a pair of top ten teams on back to back weekends. Being back at home should be refreshing and as it is officially the start of conference play it should also be exciting.
Harvard and Dartmouth already played each other last Friday and Harvard won 3-1. That is the only game that they played this year other than an exhibition game. There is not a lot to talk about currently on these teams but we can base our predictions on last seasons results.
Harvard did make it to the ECAC tournament as the seventh seed and a very dangerous seventh seed at that. In game one against Colgate in Hamilton, they gave the Raiders a scare but they lost 5-4. The next day they lost in a rout 6-1. So with this in mind, Harvard will be a tough game to win if Harvard plays well. If they don’t, then I expect the Raiders to come out on top.
Dartmouth on the other hand has not been as successful, they did not make the tournament last season and struggled to get wins with a 5-19-3 record.They could have made improvements from last season but until we see them in action again it will be hard to determine how good they will be, especially against Colgate who out scored them 9-2 last season.
With all that said, it is now time to get serious. If Colgate wants to be kept in the top ten conversation, they need to win most if not all their conference games. They can stand to split St. Lawrence and Cornell and maybe lose twice to Clarkson but they need to beat everyone else. In this series I am looking to see if Julia Vandyk shuts down the competition and I am also looking to see if the team has found that chemistry that will keep them consistent this season. I predict that Colgate will win both games, but the Harvard game will be the toughest one to win.