Maryland Heights, Mo. — Syracuse came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game late in the third period but then allowed two goals in the final 3:22 of the game to lose 5-3 at Lindenwood on Saturday. The Orange beat the Lions, 3-1, in the first game of the series on Friday.
Early in the third period, after Lindenwood opened a 3-1 lead on a goal by Maddison Stitt, Syracuse freshman Sarah Marchand scored her first collegiate goal to cut the Lions lead to 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Sophomore Rayla Clemons and senior Shelby Calof assisted on the goal.
Graduate student Jessica DiGirolamo scored to tie the game, 3-3, with less than six minutes to play. The goal started with a faceoff win by senior Lauren Bellefontaine in the Orange offensive zone, which sophomore Tatum White controlled before passing the puck to Calof, who fed DiGirolamo at the top of the right circle for the scoring play. Lindenwood responded to score a pair of unanswered goals to make the final score 5-3.
“We played sloppy defensively and had a lack of execution in the offensive zone,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “One positive is that we fought back and tied it. But then we allowed the goal that broke our backs. We have to go to work to identify what is working and recognize our shortcomings.”
In the first period, senior Abby Moloughney tied the game on an unassisted goal nine seconds after Lindenwood’s Rachel Goff opened the scoring with 12:22 left in the opening session. The Lions took a 2-1 lead two minutes later on a goal by Madilynn Hickey.
Orange goaltender Allison Small, who returned to the net after missing the last seven games due to an injury suffered in the season opener, recorded 27 saves.
Syracuse will play RIT in a home-and-home series on Friday, November 5th at 7 p.m. in Syracuse (Cuse.com) and at RIT at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th (Stretch.com). Admission to all Orange ice hockey games is free. All fans attending games must adhere to Syracuse University’s COVID-19 policy, which can be found here.
50 YEARS OF SYRACUSE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
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.