Lauren Slebodnick, native of Manchester, NH, is Cornell's senior netminder. As a freshman, she was called upon to back up starting goalie Amanda Mazzotta who was injured during Slebodnick's first year on the team. Slebodnick skated to a 12-1-1 record, including an amazing run of shutouts in her first starts. She stepped up and played in her first two playoff games as a freshman en route to Cornell's second ECAC Championship. Her second season, she skated to a 15-1-0 record, and last year she backstopped the Red to their third ECAC Championship and 12th Ivy League title. Slebodnick owns many records for the Big Red including best career save percentage, best career GAA, second-best career number of shutouts, and second-best career wins, the lattermost of which she is only two away from tying. Slebodnick's play allows the women to pinch and pursue pucks in net because they are confident in their netminder to stop pucks when she is called upon. Slebodnick is also a team player above all. She does not take credit for wins, not even her 15 shutouts. She praises her defensemen for blocking shots and her skaters for scoring goals.
What to Expect
Slebodnick looks to have another stellar year this season. As one of four seniors, she will help to lead a relatively young squad to defend their third ECAC championship and fourth consecutive Ivy Title. She is the veteran netminder and starter with a sophomore and freshman there to back her up. Her current record of 51-8-2 as well as her experience in playing in three years of postseason games in both the ECAC playoffs as well as the NCAA playoffs will prove valuable to both Slebodnick and her teammates. Slebodnick looks to help this team bring back some more hardware to Ithaca in her final season as a member of the Big Red.
A Look Back
Lauren Slebodnick is the fourteenth women's player to tend net while wearing the number 30. In this section we will look back at a past greats who have worn the number 30. The number 30 from the past that we are going to look at is Chantal Toth. Chantal Toth, a native of Kipling, Saskatchewan, played from 1989 through 1993 for the Lady Rouge. She made her presence known very early in her career at Cornell. She garnered two Ivy League honors in an era before the NCAA sponsored women's hockey. Her honors consisted of Ivy League Rookie of the Year as well as the goaltender on the Ivy League second team. She also helped lead her team to their seventh Ivy League title in her freshman year, the first for the team in nine years. Not only was it an Ivy Title, she played an integral role in maintaining their 10-0-0 record in the Ivies. In addition to her solid work at Cornell, she also represented her country as a part of the women's national team. Chantal Toth has the second-highest number of saves of a Cornell female netminder, clocking in at 1822 saves, with the record number of saves per game: 31.96.