Women’s Hockey Wraps Up Season Hosting Quinnipiac (Fri.) and Princeton (Sat.)

Women’s Hockey Wraps Up Season Hosting Quinnipiac (Fri.) and Princeton (Sat.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team 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.

vs. Quinnipiac (Fri.): Live Stats | Video  
vs. Princeton (Sat.): Live Stats | Video
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Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a 15-14-3 overall record and are 11-8-1 in ECAC play. Last weekend, the Bobcats tied No. 8/8 St. Lawrence, 1-1, on Friday, Feb. 9 and lost 2-0 to No. 1/1 Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Melissa Samoskevich leads the team in points with 22, on a team-best 13 goals and nine assists. MacKenzie Lancaster carries the squad's assist lead with 13 on the year and has eight goals for 21 points, ranking second on Quinnipiac. Abbie Ives had started 27 games in goal and has a 1.72 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and three shutouts for a 14-11-3 record. 

Princeton has a 11-12-4 record and a 9-10-1 mark in the ECAC entering Friday. Prior to playing the Bears on Saturday, the Tigers will square off against Yale on Friday, Feb. 16. Princeton split last weekend, upsetting No. 1/1 Clarkson 2-0 on Friday, Feb. 9 before falling 3-2 in overtime to No. 8/8 St. Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Carly Bullock leads the Tigers in goals (20) and points (24) and also has four assists. Kiersten Falck and Stephanie Sucharda share the team lead in assists with 15. Falck is tied with Karlie Lund for second on the team in scoring with the addition of three goals for 18 points, while Sucharda has the third highest scoring output with 17 points (2G, 15A). Steph Neatby has started 22 contests in goal and has a 1.76 goals-against average, a .934 save percentage and five shutouts for a 9-9-4 record.

The Tigers rank second in the ECAC in penalty kill percentage at 90.4%.

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 11 on the year and also has one goal to have the third highest scoring output on the team with 12 points, tying senior Samantha Swanstrom (5G, 7A) and Kaitijane Blumberg (6G, 6A).

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 17 on the year, having 30 or more saves in 11 of those contests, including 43 against No. 4/4 Colgate last weekend. Both Landry and Rippy have eight appearances on the season.

Brown dropped both of its games last weekend to top 10 opponents, the first a narrow 2-0 loss to No. 4/4 Colgate on Friday, Feb. 9, and the second, a 6-1 defeat at No. 6/6 Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 10.

In game one, Colgate's special team units were the difference, with the Raiders recording a power play and short-handed goal as the game's only scores. Sophomore Calla Isaac had a strong game in net, turning away 43 shots for the Bears.

Against the Big Red, after a 1-0 first period lead, Cornell took control of the contest with five goals in the second for a 6-0 advantage. Freshman Kaitijane Blumberg netted the Bears' lone score of the day.

Brown was edged by Quinnipiac, 2-1, on Jan. 13 at Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena. All of the game's scoring was done in the second period, with the Bobcats scoring two straight in the frame and holding on for the victory. Junior Bridget Carey scored Brown's goal in the contest.

Brown fell to Princeton, 4-0, on Jan. 12 at Hobey Baker Rink. The Tigers scored a goal in each of the first two periods and pulled away in the third with two tallies.

Seniors Sam Donovan and Samantha Swanstrom have played every game of their career (114). Donovan has recorded 36 goals and 32 assists for 68 points while Swanstrom has tallied 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points. The two players led the Bears to a conference win at Dartmouth on Nov. 11, each recording a goal and an assist. Swanstrom scored the game-tying goal and assisted Donovan's game winner in the third period. Donovan is tied for the team lead in scoring with 13 points on the year (6G, 7A) while Swanstrom ranks third with 12 (5G, 7A).