By Gabriela Criscuolo
The Union Women’s Ice Hockey team has faced some tough competition thus far this winter season.
Although their 4-20-6 record does not speak volumes to their season, they have held their own and pulled out some notable wins against powerhouses, such as a 1-0 victory over Northeastern University early in December.
This past Friday evening, the Dutchwomen took on strong No. 11 seed St. Lawrence University at Messa Rink. Although St. Lawrence outshot Union 42-22, Union was able to hang on and tie the game thanks to an amazing performance by Shenae Lundberg ’15 and overall team defense.
The St. Lawrence Saints took the lead very quickly, just 1:45 in the first period. From here, it was an uphill battle for the Dutchwomen as they fought to get on the board. Defensively, the team put up a strong effort, with a total of 41 blocked shots on goal.
After constant periods of defensive Union hockey, Kathryn Tomaselli ’16 was able to score the lone goal for her team at 6:28 into the third period.
Captain Christine Valente ’15 assisted on Tomaselli’s goal, tallying her 36th of the season, and with this she broke the Union Women’s Ice Hockey assist record, previously held by Elizabeth Flannigan.
In the extra minutes of overtime, the Dutchwomen turned their offensive game up to outshoot their competition 2-to-1. However, despite these numbers, the game ended with a tied score of 1-1.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Dutchwomen laced up again at home against No. 10 seed, the Clarkson University Golden Knights.
From the drop of the puck, Union knew this would be a tough contest, as Clarkson beat out Lundberg just nine seconds into the game to get on the board.
The Clarkson offense was able to get two more by the Dutchwomen, entering the third period up 3-0.
Despite the success of Valente and Rebecca Babiak ’16 in face-offs carried over from the St. Lawrence game the night before, Clarkson was able to capitalize and scored three more in the third to end the game at 6-0.
With only four more games remaining in the regular season, the Dutchwomen will be away at Providence, R.I., against Brown on Friday and then New Haven, Conn., to take on the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday.
The Dutchwomen will end their 2014-2015 season at home, at Messa Rink, against Colgate University on Feb. 20 and No. 9-ranked Cornell on Feb. 21.