Sophomore Sarah Marchand tallied her 23rd career score and sophomore Erin Brousseau recorded her third career goal in Syracuse’s 5-2 loss to #5 Colgate at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Orange goaltender Arielle DeSmet recorded 29 saves.
“We are a very different team than we were in the first game of the season against Colgate and that is something we talked about before the game that this was an opportunity to show how far we can come and what we have worked on and I thought we did a great job,” said head coach Britni Smith. “Obviously there are still areas of our game that we want to focus on, but I thought that we limited their scoring chances more tonight than we did the first game of the season and we got into the prime scoring areas offensively.
DeSmet and the Orange (7-14-1) held the Raiders (18-2-1) to one goal in the first period. The graduate student turned away 11 shots in both the first and third periods increased her career saves total to 1,969 in 78 games.
“Arielle faces a lot of shots and they had quite a few backdoor plays that she had to make some saves on tonight,” Smith said. “We ask a lot of her. She faces a lot of shots every night and that is a good team that we just faced. She did well.”
In the first period, Colgate’s Allyson Simpson opened the scoring at the 8:02 mark and then Dara Greig scored a pair of goals in the second period to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead. Brousseau’s goal cut the Colgate lead to two, 3-1, with 3:25 remaining in the second period. Junior Hannah Johnson took a cross ice pass from sophomore Madison Primeau and fed a pass to Brousseau who carried the puck to the goal and buried a shot in the back of the net.
After Gwen Eichfeld and Kassy Betinot scored the first two goals of the third period for Colgate, Marchand tallied a power play goal with 10:03 remaining in the game. Senior Mae Batherson cleared the puck from Syracuse’s defensive zone up the right side to graduate student Lauren Bellefontaine who fed Marchand for the goal.
Syracuse will host #9 Cornell on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6 pm at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The game will be streamed on Cuse.com. The game will be the second in a stretch of eight games in 20 days in January for the Orange.
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