Home Opener is Thursday to Kick off Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Athletics


Game Details: Thursday, October 7, Syracuse, N.Y., 6 pm and Saturday, October 9, Potsdam, N.Y., 3 pm

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The Orange ice hockey team will host #11 Clarkson in its 2021-22 home opener at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Thursday, Oct. 7 as Syracuse University Athletics begins its celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Athletics. Puck drop is at 6 pm. Admission to Orange ice hockey home games is free. All fans attending games must adhere to Syracuse University’s COVID-19 policy, which can be found here. The game will be streamed on Cuse.com.

Senior Abby Moloughney earned the College Hockey America Offensive Player of the Week honors for her two goal, one assist performance in Syracuse’s (0-1-1 overall) season-opening series at St. Lawrence University. Senior goalie Arielle DeSmet recorded 51 saves in two games, stepping in for injured starter Allison Small in the second period of the first game. Senior forward Lauren Bellefontaine scored a goal and had two assists, while freshman forward Sarah Marchand, who was voted CHA Preseason Co-Rookie of the Year, recorded an assist.

The Orange will travel to the Golden Knights for the second game in the home-and-home series at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. on Saturday, October 9th (3 PM). The game will be streamed on ESPN+.


Head coach Paul Flanagan is in his 14th season with the Orange. He has coached for Syracuse since the program’s inaugural 2008-09 season. He led the program to the 2018-19 NCAA tournament. In the 2020-21 season, Flanagan guided the team to a 12-9-1 record and a spot in the CHA Tournament Championship game.


Clarkson is 2-0 this season with a pair of victories against Sacred Heart in its opening weekend. The Golden Knights finished the 2020-21 season with an 8-10 overall record.


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.

Kickoff Weekend is set for October 7th through 10th. All former student-athletes, fans and friends of Syracuse University Athletics are invited back to campus to begin the celebrate 50 years of women’s athletics during multiple events, including the Orange home opener against Clarkson.


After the two-game series with Clarkson, the Orange will play Union College at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Tuesday, October 12th (6 pm) and then compete in a two-game series against Colgate University on Thursday, October 14th (6 PM) at Class of 1965 Arena and Saturday, October 16th (4 PM) at home in the Tennity Ice Pavilion.

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