After traveling to RPI and Union this weekend, the women’s hockey team returned home with a split decision. The Red took a 3-1 loss to Rensselaer on Friday, while rallying to defeat Union on Saturday in a dominant 8-0 shutout.
“For the Friday game, we came out a little bit slow and we just overall didn’t quite play up to our potential,” said freshman goaltender Amanda Mazzotta. “For the Saturday game we knew that we definitely had to pick it up from the night before. We came out really strong, stuck to the system, did everything we needed to do and managed to get a good last regular season win in there.”
The women’s ice hockey team played its last two home games of the season this past weekend. These two matchups, against Harvard and Dartmouth, were also the final opportunities for the three seniors on the team — Emma Chipman, Brianne Gilbert and Steph Ulrich — to play at Lynah Rink.
After playing for the Red for nearly four years, the seniors on the team found their last games at Lynah to be full of emotion. The team lost to Harvard in a tough 5-2 loss, but stayed strong to come out with a 3-3 tie against Dartmouth, ranked No. 8 in the country. The tie guaranteed Cornell an ECAC Hockey playoff spot. After the Dartmouth game, the seniors on the team were honored by their teammates and coaches in a senior night ceremony.
Playing on its home ice for the final time of the season this weekend, the women’s ice hockey team will host league foes Harvard and Dartmouth. The team will face Harvard today and Dartmouth tomorrow.
With 26 team points, Harvard (13-8-3, 12-4-2 ECAC Hockey) has climbed its way to third place in the ECAC rankings. The Crimson is a historic rival for the Red (11-10-4, 7-7-4) and this matchup will be competitive. Earlier this season, Harvard held the Red down to a 5-1 victory, and this time the Red is hoping to change the score around.
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Traveling to play Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend, the women’s hockey team came away with tied results in both games — a 4-4 score against Quinnipiac and 2-2 against Princeton.
“Both games were kind of similar. We were winning, we had the lead, and they ending up coming back and getting us, tying us, which is unfortunate and frustrating at the same time,” said freshman forward Catherine White.
After split results last weekend, the women’s hockey team will travel to take on Quinnipiac today and Princeton tomorrow in two league games that are important for deciding the team’s standings in the ECAC conference.
“Going into this weekend, we need to take what we brought in last weekend and just continue off of that note, because we did really well against Clarkson,” said sophomore defender Amber Moore.[img_assist|nid=34820|title=Moving up|desc=Sophomore defenseman Sam Wauer (11) and the Red would like to improve their seventh-place ranking.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
After splitting a road weekend, the women’s hockey team returns to its home ice to battle St. Lawrence tonight and Clarkson tomorrow afternoon. The Saints and Golden Knights, ranked first and sixth, respectively, will certainly challenge the Red (10-9-2, 6-6-2 ECAC).[img_assist|nid=34592|title=All eyes on you|desc=Freshman forward Kendice Ogilvie (left) chases down the puck during the Red’s 3-0 win over Union on Jan. 16. Ogilvie scored her first career goal during the team’s last contest — a 6-0 win over Brown on Jan. 24.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
After its 6-0 shutout of Brown last weekend, the women’s hockey team looks forward to a successful rest of the season. This game proved that the Red has depth, as each of the six goals came from different forwards — it also demonstrated the squad’s powerful underclassmen presence. With eight freshmen and nine sophomores on the roster, this is both a young team and one that will stay strong in coming years.
The eight freshmen on the team have already proved themselves this season in numerous ways.
The women’s hockey team earned four points on its home ice this weekend, successfully defeating Union, 3-0, and Rensselaer, 3-2.
On Friday, the Red (9-8-2, 5-5-2 ECAC Hockey) notched a shutout win over Union (2-18-3, 0-10-1). Cornell was able to create in the offensive end, outshooting the Dutchwomen 50-19.
“I think we came together really well this weekend especially,” said junior forward Melanie Jue. “We moved the puck well, really well actually against Union and we used our speed against them, because they’re a bit of a slower team.”
Jue lead the way in scoring for the Red, delivering two goals and one assist in the match.
The men’s polo team will challenge Yale on Friday at home in what will be the team’s last match of the semester.
“Coming off of last week’s tournament, it is a nice opportunity for us to hone in on some of the mistakes that the starters made — me, Max and Bobby — and work out a few of the kinks and just have a great game working with some of the other players,” said senior starter Richard Weidel.
Cornell (7-2) has faced Yale before this season, winning decisively both times, 24-10 and then 23-10. Because Yale has a relatively young and inexperienced team, the Red hopes to use this match as a chance for new players on the roster to play with the starters and gain more experience.
With hockey running in the family blood, sophomore Rebecca Johnston grew up playing hockey and has already proven herself early in her career as she laces up her skates for her second season of collegiate hockey.
Last year, Johnston was an offensive force with 16 goals and 16 assists, and this year is no different as she leads the team with 12 points, six goals and six assists thus far. Johnston earned her second ECAC Hockey Player of the Week award of the season this week after playing a key role in the Red’s victories over Brown and Yale.
A two-time player on the Under-22 Canadian National team, Johnston recently returned from skating for team Canada in the Four Nations Cup. While there, she helped the team pick up its silver medal.