March 8, 2002

Women's Hockey Ready for ECAC Playoffs

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While the men’s hockey team is entertaining the Yale Bulldogs, the women’s team will take on St. Lawrence. The Red (9-16-1, 7-8-1 ECAC North) is seeded sixth in the playoffs and are peaking at the right time. In the last 9 games, the team has posted an impressive record of 6-2-1 and has outscored opponents 30-18, including a win against No. 9 Harvard and tie against No. 5 Brown.

Cornell will travel to Canton, NY and play a three game series against the Saints(20-9-4, 12-3-1) that will determine which team plays in the ECAC JP Morgan Chase Hockey Championship in Hanover, N.H.

“It’s always where we wanted to be and anything can happen here,” coach Carol Mullins said. “We wanted to prolong the season.”

With a win and a tie against St. Lawrence, the Red will be set to play in the NCAA tournament. However, this will be a very daunting task for Cornell, as it will need contributions from all.

“The team thrives at being underdogs,” said Mullins.

The Red is riding a two game sweep of Colgate where it comprehensively outplayed its opponents. Senior tri-captain Jenel Bode has a team-high 26 points and leads the club with 15 assists. Junior forward Lindsay Murao has a team leading 11 goals and is second in points, while junior Brooke Bestwick is the top goal-scoring defenseman in the conference.

The Saints are led by senior forward Trisha Powers, who has 15 goals and 34 points. Amanda Sargeant a junior forward with 13 goals is second on the squad in scoring, with 32 points. However, it is sophomore Gina Kingsbury who has a team-leading 18 goals.

With at least six seniors who are making their second playoffs — the first time was during their freshman years — it means a lot to them.

“There is a fire in this team,” said Mullins.

“Come this weekend its anybody’s game,” assistant coach Diane Dillon ’83 said. “The buzz is out there and the players are excited.”

Senior co-captain Erinn Perushek was quick to point towards the positive attitude that the players were bringing to the playoffs.

“The players were connecting and playing for each other,” she said.

With every game in the playoffs extremely important, the Red must play each game as if it were the team’s last.

“The team was taking it game by game,” Perushek noted.

Archived article by Nikhil Agrawal