NEW HAVEN, Conn. – No. 4 Colgate scored five goals in the first two periods and secured an 8-2 win over No. 9 Clarkson to win its third consecutive ECAC Hockey championship Saturday night inside Ingalls Rink.
Colgate’s 8-2 win marks the largest margin of victory in a title game in ECAC Women’s Hockey history, beating out the Dartmouth-RPI championship game in 2009 when the Big Green won by a score of 6-1.
Kayle Osborne backstopped the Raiders with a 24-save performance to move to 14-4-1 on the season.
Dara Greig scored a game-high four points by collecting a goal and three assists. Danielle Serdachny and Elyssa Biederman potted three points apiece.
— Colgate Women’s Hockey (@ColgateWIH) March 4, 2023 Colgate opened the game with a three-goal first period as captain Serdachny found the back of the net twice in the first five minutes of play. Biederman opened her three-point game with a goal at the 10:40 mark.
Biederman continued her impressive night with a goal 13 minutes into the second period, notching her 17th goal of the season. Sara Stewart added her name to the scoresheet late in the second, sliding one past the Golden Knights goalkeeper with 11 seconds remaining.
Clarkson added to the scoreboard 4:28 into the third period to bring the game to 5-1. The Raiders answered back seven minutes later as Greig scored her 20th goal of the season.
As the third period wore on, Neena Brick and Maggie MacEachern potted in Colgate’s seventh and eighth goals at the 6:03 and 4:11 marks.
The Golden Knights banged in their second of the night late in the period but that was it and the game ended by a score of 8-2.
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
MOP/F: Danielle Serdachny
F: Elyssa Biederman
F: Sara Stewart
D: Anne Cherkowski (Clarkson)
D: Stephanie Markowski (Clarkson)
G: Hannah Murphy
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“As a coach, there are few feelings that match the joy of winning a championship, let alone three in a row. Our team’s success is a testament to the hard work, focus, and talent of every player and staff member in our program. The ECAC is an incredibly competitive league, and to come out on top again this year is a remarkable achievement.
“I am incredibly proud of this team, not just for their skill on the ice, but for their resilience and determination. They faced adversity throughout the season and responded with grit and determination, never losing sight of our goal. Our success would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our Colgate community, our families and the alumnae that came before us.
“As we celebrate this championship, we also recognize that this is just the beginning. There is more this team wants to do, together. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey, and let’s keep the momentum going. Go ‘gate!”
Colgate now awaits its opponent for the NCAA tournament, which will be determined during the NCAA’s selection show starting at noon on Sunday on ESPN News.