Cornell had their last regular-season games against RPI and Union and pulled off a sweep. Let's look a little closer at what happened each game.
While the first game of the Cornell-RPI series was close, this one was a bit more decided from the beginning of the game. Coach Derraugh kept a very short bench, perhaps in hope to keep players healthy for the playoffs, but even with the shortened bench, Cornell started the first with a goal by Hayleigh Cudmore from Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell. The second was still all about the Big Red. Cornell scored two power-play goals with one from Laura Fortino assisted by Cudmore and the other from Emily Fulton assisted by Jessica Campbell and Alyssa Gagliardi. RPI scored a power play goal in the third, but Alyssa Gagliardi iced the game with an empty net goal with just a second left. The Big Red outshot the Engineers 43-25 and were penalized seven times to the Engineers's five.
In Union's last game of the season, Cornell played what seems like a tighter game than the box score shows. In the first, senior defensemen Lauriane Rougeau and Laura Fortino scored a goal with Campbell, Rougeau, and Zorn assisting on the goals. The second was scoreless, but the third was active again as Fortino got her second goal of the game from Brianne Jenner and Olivia Cook got her first goal of the season from Jenner and Cudmore. The Big Red outshot the Dutchwomen 36-18 again with a shortened bench. The penalties were split 4-3 with Cornell getting one more than Union.
ECAC Regular Season Champions
Due to Cornell's win over Union and Clarkson's win over Harvard, Cornell locked up the number one seed in the ECAC as well as the Regular Season Championship. This is the Big Red's fourth in a row. Congratulations to the Lady Rouge for their title!
Here is the seeding for the playoffs:
8. Colgate at 1. Cornell
7. RPI at 2. Clarkson
6. Dartmouth at 3. Harvard
5. St. Lawrence at 4. Quinnipiac
The St. Lawrence-Quinnipiac series this season sits at 1-0-1 in favor of Quinnipiac. The Dartmouth-Harvard series this season also sits at 1-0-1, in favor of the higher seed, Harvard. The RPI-Clarkson series is 2-0-0 in favor of Clarkson. Finally, the Colgate-Cornell series also sits at 2-0-0 in favor of the Big Red. Though the highest seed holds the series edge in each of the quarterfinal matches, nothing is decided until this weekend.
Cornell hosts travel partner Colgate for a best-of-three series at Lynah this weekend. In the past two games Cornell has played against Colgate, the Big Red outscored the Raiders by a collective 18-2 with eight different members of the team scoring, including a hat trick plus one from Brianne Jenner on the second night. Though the scoring and the statistics may look lopsided, Colgate is going to come playing to win. Cornell has a huge target on its back, having made the Frozen Four three years in a row and Colgate would love nothing more than the take down the Big Red when it matters: in the postseason.
But the Big Red can win this game. Perseverance, determination, and discipline will all be key. The Big Red will need to be sharp on all aspects of their game: special teams, five-on-five play, and goaltending. If the Big Red put their minds to it, this is a series they will be able to win.
Don't forget to #REpackLynah this weekend as the Lady Rouge take on Colgate at 7pm Friday and 4pm Saturday!