Colgate Women’s Hockey Weekend Recap: Big Green Rout And Crimson Shutout. Raiders Sweep ECAC Opening Weekend

The Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey Team (5-3) defeated the Dartmouth Big Green (0-3-0) and the Harvard University Crimson (1-1-1) at home in Hamilton, NY in 1965 arena this weekend thanks to two shutout performances by Junior goalie Liz Auby and Senior netminder Julia Vandyk. Colgate also outshot their opponents 90-41 through six periods of play. Here is how it went down.

Friday: Colgate-6 Dartmouth-0

Colgate came out a little shaky in the first period. It was not until late close to the seventeenth minute that Colgate got on the board thanks to a rebound shot off the boards made by freshman Delani Mackay. Colgate took that momentum and continued to torment the Big Green goalie in the second and third periods.

Sophomore Malia Schneider tipped in a longshot by freshman Rosalie Demers in front of the net in the second period a little past the thirteenth minute to make it 2-0. Rosalie then gave Colgate a 3-0 lead three minutes later when she went one on one with the Dartmouth goalie and found the back of the net via the five hole shot.

The third period featured three goals. The first was scored on a scrum in front of the net where Demers found the loose puck and shot backhand into the net to make it 4-0 a minute into the third. Senior Olivia Zafuto made it 5-0 halfway through the final period with a high wrist shot that the goalie just could not handle. The nail on the coffin came from the stick from senior captain Jessie Eldrige who, after a series of clean passes from freshman Nemo Neubauerova and Malia Schneider, baited Honor to the right and then effortlessly dangled the puck left into the back of the net to make it 6-0.

A team is only as good as their goalie and Liz Auby was good on Friday stopping 14 Big Green shots and leaving zeroes on the scoreboard. This was a great win for Colgate but nothing would compare to Saturday’s game against the Harvard University Crimson.

Saturday: Colgate-1 Harvard-0

I would like to start off by saying that a had a tiny bit of doubt about Vandyk in the net this year. She just looked off in the first few games of the season and to me it did not look like she was going to get out of the funk. Well hand up, I was wrong. The showstopper Julia Vandyk is back and she earned a statement win this game. A statement that probably went like, “You see this net ECAC teams, your shots are never going to see the back of it this season.”

She made two incredible saves in this game on the 27 shots that she stopped. One was late in the second when she stretched her glove to the right to snag a high wrister away from a Crimson forward. The other was late in the third period where she flashed the pads to another Harvard skater who thought she could sneak a puck down low.

Vandyk did her part, but to Harvard’s credit their freshman goalie Lindsay Reed stopped 49 out of 50 Colgate shots on goal. That one shot she didn’t save was via the Eldridge Express. Timely passing by Shneider and Neubauerova gave Jessie Eldridge a chance to blast a top shelf shot pass the Crimson goalie to put the Raiders up 1-0 which would be the games final score.

Next weekend, Colgate will be on the road to take on Brown University on Friday and the Yale on Saturday.

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