A Historic Syracuse Start for Allie Kelley

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm by Sports Editor

By Andrew Della Piana | @dellie_5

Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey has split its first 4 games to open the new campaign. SU won both games at Post University to begin the season before falling to Merrimack in the opening pair of home games this weekend.

Graduate student Allie Kelley has made a name for herself in goal for the Orange very quickly. So far, Kelley leads the CHA in goals against per game (1.32), saves per game (27.67), and save percentage (.954).

Despite losing in overtime, Kelley kept her team in the game despite a 58-16 shooting disparity. The 56-stop performance was one shy of the Syracuse single-game record and the best in the conference this season. It was her sixth contest with 50 or more saves in a single game throughout her collegiate career.

After three seasons with DII St. Anselm, there may have been a few questions about Kelley’s ability to make the transition to Division I. However, she has already shown that the records she set with the Hawks—including becoming the first goalie on either the men’s or women’s team to record 1,000 saves in a single season—are not to be taken lightly.

This weekend, the ‘Cuse and RPI play a two-game series, with the first game at 6 p.m. on Friday and the second game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Follow @Dellie_5 on X for live in-game updates and coverage for everything Syracuse women’s ice hockey all semester long.