Women’s hockey ends 2014-2015 season


By Rachel Clarey

The Union Women’s Hockey team finished off their 2014-2015 season this past weekend, hosting Colgate on Friday and Cornell on Saturday.

After the Cornell game, the Dutchwomen’s seniors were honored in a Senior Day ceremony.

The team’s final record was 4-22-8, with many of their losses being by one or two goals.

The six seniors will be a true loss to the team, but many young players have been successful this season, which provides hope for the future.

On Friday night, the Dutchwomen tied Colgate 2-2.

The game remained scoreless throughout the first and second periods, although each team was peppering the other’s goalie with numerous shots.

Both the Dutchwomen and the Raiders had several power plays that they failed to capitalize on.

This dry spell was broken as Union’s Christine Valente ’15 put one past Colgate’s Ashlynne Rando on a power play.

Her goal was assisted by Kathryn Tomaselli ’16 and Jessica Kaminsky ’16.

The penalty that triggered the power play was on Colgate’s Meghan Brennan for checking.

The Dutchwomen capitalized about 30 seconds into the power play.

Eight seconds later, the Raiders answered with a goal from Shelby Perry, assisted by Katelyn Parker.

The Raiders took the lead with about three minutes left in the third period, off a goal from Cat Quirion assisted by Katie Case.

The Dutchwomen did not give up.

About 30 seconds after the Colgate goal, the Dutchwomen pulled goalie Shenae Lundberg ’15 and brought an extra attacker onto the ice.

This worked out for the Dutchwomen, as Elizabeth Otten ’16 got one past Rando to tie the game up with less than two minutes to go.

The game went into overtime.

Drama ensued when, about a minute into overtime, Union’s Haley Welch ’15 got a penalty for tripping, and a penalty shot was awarded to Colgate.

The Raiders’ Parker took the shot, which was blocked by Lundberg. The final score was 2-2.

On Saturday, the Dutchwomen took on the Cornell Big Red, losing 4-0.

The game also served as Senior Day for the Dutchwomen.

The team’s six seniors —Lundberg, Welch, Valente, Kelly McGrath ’15, Bryanne Panchuk ’15 and Alex Tancrell-Fontaine ’15 — were all honored.

Lundberg has seen action in goal for the Dutchwomen since her first year at Union.

She holds numerous program records, including most season wins, most career wins and most career shutouts.

In the Cornell game, her final game, Lundberg recorded her 3,000th save, becoming the 21st member of the NCAA Women’s Hockey 3,000 Saves Club.

This season, Lundberg made 1,110 saves which is the second most save in the program’s history and sixth in NCAA history in saves in a single season.

Lundberg will be followed by Alexx Ridding ’18, who saw minimal playing time this season.

Welch joined the Dutchwomen in the 2012-2013 season after playing her freshman season with Elmira College.

She has been a solid force for the Dutchwomen.

Valente has been an offensive force for the Dutchwomen and has also been a constant presence on the ECAC Academic Honor Roll.

In her freshman season, Valente was awarded Union Hockey Rookie of the Year honors, and in her sophomore season, she was awarded the Union Hockey Unsung Hero Award for her efforts.

McGrath has always been a solid member of the team, especially excelling in blocking shots. She has been named to the ECAC Academic Honor Roll several times.

Panchuk has played consistently for the Dutchwomen, earning 28 points in her career.

Tancrell-Fontaine earned 43 points in her career, leading the team in assists her junior season.

All six athletes will be greatly missed, but underclassmen talent could reap great results for the Dutchwomen in the future.



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