The Colgate Raiders (6-4) were upset on Friday by a surprising Brown University (5-2) and then defeated Yale University (0-4) on Saturday.
Friday: Brown-4, Colgate-3
Liz Auby got the starting nod on Friday as Colgate was starting the weekend rotation between her and Julia Vandyk. Everything started off great for the Raiders as Shae Labbe scored within six minutes into the first to give Colgate a 1-0 lead. That goal would be her 100th career point for the senior. The celebration for that milestone was short lived as Brown scored a few minute later. It was not until late in the first that the Raiders scored again as Malia Schneider forced the puck past the Bear goalie in front of the net which would give Colgate a 2-1 lead after the first.
Just seconds into the second period, Olivia Zafuto gave the Raiders a 3-1 lead. The Bears would not give up as they scored twice in the second period to tie the game at three. A goal midway through the third would doom the Raiders as the final score at the end would be 4-3.
Both Auby and Vandyk saw time between the pipes and so it is unknown what exactly happened. The Raiders should not feel too bad about this loss because it seems the Brown Bears are a good team this year as they also upset the Cornell Big Red on Saturday. Speaking of Saturday.
Saturday: Colgate-5, Yale-2
The Raiders bounced back from Friday’s loss by defeating the Bulldogs. It looked as though as it would be another tough battle, as the Bulldogs struck first midway through the opening period. Malia Schneider would have an answer for them later on in the period to knot the game at one apiece.
The second period was when the party started. Freshman Eleri Mackay scored twice in the second period to give the Raiders a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs would make it interesting in the third with another goal but Schneider would jam in another goal in the third to make it 4-2 Colgate. An empty netter by Labbe would ice the game at 5-2 and the Raiders will set their sights this coming weekend against Robert Morris.
This weekend split will either knock the Raiders out of the top ten or keep them in a fringe ten spot. They need a weekend sweep at Robert Morris in order to improve their resume. When talking about the national tournament, wins and ties are good while losses loom large. Go Gate.