By Chris Allen
The Dutchwomen came into the weekend with an 8-17-1 record and a very tough matchup against Clarkson University. The Golden Knights came into the weekend with a 19-4-3 record and were ranked second in the ECAC.
Sophomore goaltender Madeleine Dahl was given the start, only her second start of the season. When all was said and done, Dahl recorded 45 saves but the final tally was a 5-0 defeat.
It was certainly not a defeat that the Dutchwomen should hang their heads about because Clarkson has Jamie Lee Rattray, the nation’s leading scorer. She has scored 47 points this season.
Also, the Clarkson goaltender, Erica Howe, leads the nation in shutouts with 10.
The next opponent for the Dutchwomen was St. Lawrence, who came in with an 8-14-3 record and fifth place in the ECAC. Junior goaltender Shenae Lundberg was given the start. She has been a main component for keeping the Dutchwomen in games and has a game-high 14 saves in the first period.
Lundberg ended up with a record 34 saves, but the score again was not in the Dutchwomen’s favor as it was a 1-0 defeat. The lone goal came on one of the six power plays earned by the Saints.
Christine Valente had six shots on net, and the Dutchwomen had seven shots between their two man advantage situations.
It seems that the Dutchwomen really need to focus on their offense though. In their last seven games they have been outscored 20-4, all of which were loses.
Their specials teams will need improvement as well, but to go 1-6 on the penalty kill this past weekend was certainly a plus.
The next matchup for the Dutchwomen will be at Yale, Feb 7 at 7 p.m. Yale is middle of the road in the ECAC and has a record of 7-12-4.
The last matchup between these two teams saw a plentiful amount of goals as the Yale Bulldogs captured a 6-4 victory. After Yale, Union will square off against Brown University, who is currently last in the ECAC.
These teams met at Messa Arena on November 15th and the Dutchwomen where able to win with a score of 2-1.
The Dutchwomen should be able to come away from this weekend with at least 2 points, maybe 3.
I believe it will come down to whether or not the offense if Union is ready to play. Best of luck to the Dutchwomen and be sure to show your support around campus if you see these dedicated women preparing for their upcoming games.