By Ben Gurlitz
Union’s Women’s Hockey team hosted Syracuse this past weekend, and were beaten twice by the resolute Orange, making it three games on the trot without a win for the Dutchwomen.
The first game started out as a defensive stalemate, with neither team able to find the back of net in a first period that saw both teams combine for just nine shots.
The Orange enjoyed long spells in the Dutchwomen zone to open up the period, and were finally able to breakthrough eight minutes into the period when Lisa Mullan scored to give her team a 1-0 lead.
It looked as if that goal would open the floodgates for Syracuse, but the home side dug their heels in and went into the locker room for the second intermission, only down by a goal despite being outshot 18-1.
The third period started as the second ended. It only took the visitors three minutes to double their lead, when Margot Scharfe scored.
The Dutchwoman did crank up the pressure, and were awarded for their efforts when Lauren Cromartie ‘12 scored with 2:29 remaining in regulation to set up an exciting finish.
However, the Dutchwomen were unable to tie the score as Meghan Skelley scored an empty-netter to secure victory for the Orange.
The following night, Syracuse picked up right where they left off, scoring two goals in the first period to take a quick 2-0 lead.
In the second period, Ashley Cockell would double the lead with two goals 18 seconds apart. Ten minutes into the third, Kelsey Welch completed the route for the Orange to give her team a 5-0 win.
It’s back to the drawing board for Union, as they will look for better results next weekend when they travel to Clarkson and St. Lawrence.