Women’s Hockey Closes Out Road Schedule Versus No. 4/4 Colgate (Fri.) and No. 6/6 Cornell (Sat.)

Women’s Hockey Closes Out Road Schedule Versus No. 4/4 Colgate (Fri.) and No. 6/6 Cornell (Sat.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team will go on its final road trip of the season and take on No. 4/4 Colgate on Friday, Feb. 9 and No. 6/6 Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 10. Friday's contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. while Saturday's match-up will begin at 3:00 p.m. and appear on the Ivy League Network.

at Colgate (Fri.): Live Stats | Video  
at Cornell (Sat.): Live Stats | Video
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Colgate ranks fourth in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls and has an overall record of 25-4-1 and is 15-3-0 in conference action. The Raiders have won two-straight with a 5-1 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 2 and a 4-0 blanking at Harvard on Feb. 3. Colgate defeated currently top-ranked Clarkson on Oct. 27 and the team's last loss was against the Golden Knights on Jan. 27, which broke up their streak of eight-straight wins. Colgate ranks second in the conference in goals (112) and assists (171), trailing only No. 1/1 Clarkson.

Scoring is spread out on the Raiders with Jessie Eldridge (14G, 16A) and Shelby Perry (8G, 22A) sharing the team lead in points with 30. Perry's 22 assists lead Colgate while Eldridge's 14 goals are tied with Malia Schneider as the team high. Ten Raiders have 20 or more points on the season.

Julia Vandyk has seen the majority of the minutes in net, with 21 starts on the season. She has a 1.67 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts with her 17-3-1 record. Liz Auby has chipped in some solid time between the pipes and has a 1.44 GAA, a .929 save percentage and three shutouts for an 8-1-0 record.

Cornell enters the weekend ranking sixth in both national polls with a 15-7-3 record and a 11-5-2 mark in ECAC play. The Big Red have won two straight and are unbeaten in their last four. Cornell tied Harvard last weekend, 2-2, on Feb. 2 and defeated Dartmouth, 3-1, on Feb. 3. The team last played in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, blanking Syracuse, 5-0. Prior to welcoming Brown, Cornell will host Yale on Friday, Feb. 9.

Kristin O'Neill leads the Big Red in scoring with 34 points, with team highs in both goals (16) and assists (18). Madlynne Mills ranks second on the squad in scoring with 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points. Marlene Boissonnault has started the majority of the team's games, with 23 starts. She has a 1.83 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and four shutouts for a 15-5-3 record.

Cornell's penalty kill unit ranks tops in the nation, allowing just six goals on the season for a 92.2 percentage.

The Bears are led in scoring by senior Sam Donovan who has a team-high 16 points, on an even eight goals and eight assists. Sophomore Sena Hanson ranks second on the squad in points with 15, tying Donovan with the team's goal lead at eight, while adding seven assists. Junior Cara Najjar has the Bears assist lead with 10 on the year and also has one goal to have the four highest scoring output on the team with 11 points, tying with Kaitijane Blumberg (5G, 6A). Senior Samantha Swanstrom is the third leading scorer for the Bears with 12 points (5G, 7A) and has 65 shots on the year, second most behind Hanson's 89.

Goaltending duties have been shared for the Bears this season with all three goalies - senior Julianne Landry, sophomore Calla Isaac and freshman Lauren Rippy - seeing action. Isaac leads the squad in appearances with 15 on the year, having 30 or more saves in 10 of those contests, including 42 against No. 2/3 Clarkson last weekend.

Brown has played a total of six ranked opponents on the season and has hosted three weekends against ranked foes. The ranked opponents include: Providence on Jan. 2, Cornell and Colgate on Nov. 17-18, St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Nov. 3-4 and Feb. 2-3, and Robert Morris to open the season on Oct. 20-21.

In the first match-up between the Bears and Raiders, then No. 3/3 Colgate came away with a close 5-3 win at Meehan Auditorium on Nov. 18. Senior Samantha Swanstrom netted two goals while senior Sam Donovan added a score and freshman Lauren Rippy posted a career-high 34 saves in the contest. The Raiders built a 4-1 lead in the third period but Brown was resilient and would chip away, with Swanstrom's tallying the first goal of the sequence. Colgate would increase their lead to 5-2 but the Bears again answered with a score, this time from Donovan, but Colgate would prevent further damage and hold on for the victory.

Brown was defeated by then No. 8/8 Cornell, 5-1, Nov. 17 in the teams' first meeting of the season at Meehan Auditorium. Sophomore Sena Hanson scored the lone goal for Bears on the night.

The Bears will close out the regular season at home, hosting Quinnipiac on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6:00 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium. Prior to Saturday's contest versus the Tigers, Brown will honor its five seniors, Sam Donovan, Cynthia Kyin, Julianne Landry, Katie Swanstrom and Samantha Swanstrom in a brief pregame ceremony. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.