‘Cuse CHA is Semfinal Friday


Game Details: Friday, February 25 (12 pm) Syracuse, N.Y.

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The 2021-22 College Hockey America champion Syracuse Orange will play its semifinal game on Friday, February 25th at 12 pm at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange will play #5 seed RIT, which beat Lindenwood, 6-4, in the quarterfinal game on Thursday. All games in the tournament will be streamed on Stretch.

Tickets for the 2022 CHA Championship can be purchased on game days at the Tennity Ice Pavilion box office. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Parking is available, free of charge, in the lots around Tennity Ice Pavilion, including the Softball Stadium Lot, 621 North Skytop Lot and 621 South Skytop Lot.


Thursday, Feb. 24

Quarterfinal (4 p.m.): #5 seed RIT vs. #4 seed Lindenwood

Friday, Feb. 25


Noon ET: #5 RIT vs. #1 seed Syracuse

4 p.m. ET: #3 seed Mercyhurst vs. #2 seed Penn State

Saturday, Feb. 26

Championship Game (2 p.m.)


Syracuse won the program’s first College Hockey America regular season championship. The Orange secured the title with a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on February 12, earning the top seed and the right to host the the 2022 CHA Tournament. Syracuse finished with an 11-4-1 conference record (.719 points percentage). The league used points percentage to determine the league champion and tournament seeding.


The Orange posted a 7-1-2 record in the 2022 calendar year, including a 5-0-1 mark in January. It is the first time in program history that the Orange have not lost a game in January.


Senior Arielle DeSmet is one of 12 semifinalists for the National Women’s Hockey Goaltender of the Year Award. DeSmet posted a .939 save percentage, which ranks eighth nationally and leads the CHA, and is second on the Syracuse single-season record list. Her 2.01 goals against average ranks fourth on the Orange single-season record ledger. DeSmet tallied a career-high 54 saves at Penn State, which is second on the Syracuse single-game record list and had four games with more than 40 saves. She was named Battle at the Burgh Most Valuable Player and earned All-Tournament Team honors. Three finalists will be announced during conference championships and the winner will be announced during the Frozen Four at Penn State.



Head coach Paul Flanagan led the Orange to the CHA regular season championship for the first time in program history. The 14th-year Syracuse leader has mentored multiple CHA Award winners, including seven Best Defensemen, six Best Defensive Forwards, four Rookies of the Year, two Goaltending Trophy Award winners, two Goaltenders of the Year and 78 All-Academic Team selections.


Graduate student Jessica DiGirolamo earned the honor for the second year in a row. She won three Defenseman of the Month awards and five Defenseman of the Week honors this season. The Mississauga, Ontario native owns Syracuse career records for goals (33), assists (58) and points (92) by a defenseman. She joins Lindsay Eastwood (2019-20), Allie Munroe (2016-17 and 2018-19), Nicole Renault (2015-16) and Akane Hosoyamada (2012-13) on the list of ‘Cuse skaters who have won the honor.


Senior Abby Moloughney garnered her second CHA Sportsmanship Award (2019-20). She is Syracuse’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 15 assists is the only CHA top-10 scorer with zero penalty minutes in CHA play, and she had just two penalties in 29 games. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Moloughney owns the Syracuse career record for games with three or more points (9) and multi-point games (28). She joins players Margot Scharfe (2011-12), Holly Carrie-Mattimoe (2012-13) and Stephanie Grossi (2017-18) as Syracuse Sportsmanship Award winners.


Senior Arielle DeSmet is the second consecutive Syracuse player to earn this honor. Graduate student Allison Small won the honor last season. DeSmet posted a .939 save percentage, which ranks eighth nationally and leads the CHA, and is second on the Syracuse single-season record list. Her 2.01 goals against average ranks fourth on the Orange single-season record ledger. SU also has had two CHA Goaltending Trophy Award winners in Small (2019-20) and Abbey Miller (2016-17).


The CHA Best Defensive Forward Award is the second annual recognition for Lauren Bellefontaine who was the 2018-19 CHA Rookie of the Year. In 2021-22 she has 43 blocks, including a career-high four at Penn State and at Mercyhurst. Bellefontaine ranks 12th nationally and third in the CHA with 373 faceoff wins. She ranks ninth in the CHA with 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists). Bellefontaine joins Syracuse skaters Margot Scharfe (2011-12 and 2012-13), Jessica Sibley (2015-16), Stephanie Grossi (2017-18) and Moloughney (2020-21) as winners of this honor.


Syracuse clinched the program’s first College Hockey America regular season championship with a split series against Mercyhurst on February 12th. Four different players scored against the Lakers in the 4-1 win, while goaltender Arielle DeSmet had 33 saves for the Orange.

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Orange alumni, fans and friends are invited to share in a year-long celebration of 50 years of Syracuse University women’s athletics. Events and special recognition of all female student-athletes who have donned the Block S to represent Syracuse University and the Athletics Department since 1971-72 will be held throughout the 2021-22 seasons. As we celebrate this history, we acknowledge those who have gone before us to set the standard we strive to achieve today so we can pave the way for the future. We reflect on the history of women in sport, admire their sacrifices, recognize their contributions and accomplishments, and honor their legacy.

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