Women’s ice hockey falls to Union, 3-2

FRESHMAN FORWARD LAUREN WASH GUIDES the puck down the ice in Saturday’s match against Union College.

The RPI women’s ice hockey team faced Union College in a non-league game held at the Houston Field House on Saturday, resulting in a disappointing loss. Courtney Turner led the Union College women’s hockey team with two goals and an assist on the game-winning tally to lead Union College to victory. This win allowed the Dutchwomen to improve to 2-2-0 overall, while the Engineers dropped to 1-3-1.

At 2:20 of the first period, Courtney Turner found the net after a shot from close range, giving Union College a one-point advantage over the Engineers. Sophomore Christine Valente earned the assist.

Turner earned her second goal 10 minutes later on a similar play. Junior Stefanie Thomson worked the puck out of the corner to find freshman Jessica Kaminsky, who fed the puck toward the net. Turner found the puck and was able to tap it in for the 2-0 advantage.

With 26 seconds left in the first period, sophomore Eleeza Cox found the scoresheet after scoring off the skate of a Union defender. RPI freshman Jen Godin earned the assist after delivering the outlet pass to Cox through the neutral zone.

Freshman Alexa Gruschow tied up the game for the Engineers after taking a wrist shot from just inside the left circle. Senior captain Katie Daniels earned the assist.

At 15:38 of the third period, Turner picked up the primary assist on Union’s game-winning goal after her initial shot was stopped by RPI sophomore goaltender Kelly O’Brien. Valente earned her first goal of the year after finding the rebound and earning the go-ahead goal for the Dutchwomen.

This weekend the RPI women’s ice hockey team begins their ECAC Hockey schedule when they travel to rivals St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Friday at 9 pm and Saturday at 3:30 pm, respectively.