Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Ranked Sixth in New National Poll

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By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team (10-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 ECAC) entered this past weekend as the fourth-ranked team in the USCHO National Division I Women’s poll. They also entered the weekend with a tough slate of games, hitting the road to face the then-tenth-ranked Princeton Tigers on Friday night and then seventh-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. After earning a split of the weekend matchups, the Raiders are now ranked sixth in the latest USCHO poll.

On Friday night, Colgate was firing on all cylinders as they took down Princeton by a score of 5-1. Kaitlyn O’Donohoe got the scoring started in the first period and closed it in the third period, her two goals brought her season goals total up to four. Defender Sydney Bard scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal on the power play in the second period and later assisted on a goal by Neena Brick (who in turn drew an assist on Bard’s goal). Captain Danielle Serdachny contributed three assists, and freshman Sara Stewart scored her second goal of the season as well.

Kayle Osborne stopped twenty-seven of twenty-eight shots to pick up her sixth win of the season. Coach Greg Fargo said after the game “This was a good test for us to open up conference play on the road”.

The next day, the Raiders were in Hamden, Connecticut to take on ECAC rival the Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 ECAC). This matchup featured the first-ever collegiate matchup between two former Central New York standouts, with New Hartford native Sydney Bard on the Colgate side and Clinton native Mia Lopata wearing the blue and gold of Quinnipiac. In a tightly contested game, it was Quinnipiac coming out on top by a score of 3-0 on the strength of a first period goal by Kate Reilly and two empty net goals with under two minutes left in the game. Neither Bard nor Lopata would get on the scoresheet in this game, but Colgate goaltender made her second start in as many days and made twenty-four saves in the losing effort. The rematch will take place at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY on January 13th.

The Raiders will play only one game this coming weekend, continuing their ECAC schedule at home to face the tenth-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights. For more information about Colgate hockey, visit

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