Early Goal Goes For Naught, Syracuse Loses 4-1 at No. 7 Cornell
By Eric Moon
CitrusTV Women’s Ice Hockey Reporter
Ithaca, NY – Just three days after a weekend sweep at Lindenwood, Syracuse (2-4, 2-2 College Hockey America) was unable to maintain its weekend momentum against No. 7 Cornell (1-0, 0-0 Eastern College Athletic). The Big Red won 4-1 thanks to a great defensive effort. Senior goaltender Marlene Boissonnault saved all 23 shots she faced against an Orange offense that scored eleven goals in two games last weekend.
Tuesday’s game marks another blemish in a tough early season schedule for Syracuse. Four of six games have come against opponents either ranked in the top-10 or receiving votes.
In those four games, including Tuesday’s game at Cornell, the Orange have scored four goals, less goals than SU scored in each game at Lindenwood.
Syracuse suffered through a similar start offense last season. SU was shutout in each of its first three games before scoring twice against Wisconsin in the fourth game of the season.
On the Cornell side, Kristin O’Neill led the way on offense with two goals. Sophomores Kendra Nealey and Maddie Mills each recorded two assists as well. The Big Red struck quick after the Orange opened the scoring. Less than five minutes after Avery opened the scoring, Cornell had already taken a 2-1 lead.
Syracuse looks to get back in the win column in a home-and-home series against No. 2 Clarkson this weekend. The defending National Champions travel to the Tennity Ice Pavilion Friday at 7 p.m. The two teams meet once again in Potsdam, NY Saturday at 3pm.
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