By Michael Mullen
Last Saturday our Women’s Ice Hockey team defeated the Engineers of RPI for the first time since the team became a Division I program. The Dutchwomen were coming off of two straight losses against eighth-ranked Northeastern University and third ranked Boston University. Union needed a win to get back on track before they kick off conference play against Clarkson on Friday, October 26 and St. Lawrence on the 27.
The Dutchwomen took advantage of the opportunities they were given as they scored during three of four power plays against RPI. The scoring began with freshman Courtney Turner recording her first collegiate goal off an assist from fellow forward Christine Valente ‘15. However, Turner wasn’t content with just one goal, as she scored another power play goal halfway through the first period.
Going into the second period with a 2-0 advantage, the Dutchwomen needed to stay strong defensively. Shenae Lundberg ‘15 played well in goal stopping a great shorthanded chance for RPI after a Union turnover at center ice. As the second period wound down, it looked as though the Dutchwomen might just escape the period unscathed. But with 26 seconds left, the Engineers scored a less than impressive goal as the puck deflected off a skate just past Lundberg.
RPI took this momentum into the third period, scoring an early goal, and challenged Union to up their game. Unfortunately for the Engineers, the Dutchwomen had come to play and refused to give in. Union’s hard work paid off when they went on yet another power play late in the period and Valente ‘15 scored on a rebound.
Credit the Union defense and Shenae Lundberg with keeping the game close even though the Dutchwomen were outshot 32-17 in the game. Let’s hope the team can keep rolling along as they play two tough conference games this weekend against Clarkson on Friday and St. Lawrence on Saturday.