Much like the men’s team, women’s ice hockey had a rough weekend as they enter the last two weeks of the regular season. The Engineers were blown out by Clarkson University 9-1 on Friday, and only managed to tie St. Lawrence University 1-1 in overtime.
Just 2:31 into the first period, a tripping penalty gave the Knights the first power play of the game. RPI defended well, but with only a few seconds left on the penalty clock, Renata Fast who, assisted by Cassidy Vinkle, scored to put Clarkson on the board. It only took another two minutes for Clarkson to score again, putting Rensselaer at a two goal deficit.
With the help of sophomore Shayna Tomlinson, senior Alexa Gruschow was able to lessen the lead, scoring at 7:21. However, another two minutes ticked past and Clarkson scored for the third time in the first period. This time the goal was made by Lauren Lefler with assists by Amanda Titusand and Rhyen McGill.
With the start of the second period, RPI was determined to regain the lead. Unfortunately, the Knights had other plans, managing three more goals while the Engineers put up none. A power play gave Genevieve Bannon the opportunity to pass to Loren Gabel, who drilled the puck into the back of the net. The Knights’ rapid-fire offense kept at it, adding another goal 23 seconds later. A third goal was scored by Shannon MacAulay, putting the Engineers at a heartbreaking 6-1.
The slaughter did not let up going into the third period. A third power play allowed Erin Ambrose to score a slap shot. Keeping with the theme, two more goals were scored in the third, one by Lefler and one by Kelly Mariani. Overall, Clarkson took 39 shots while RPI only managed 12.
The Engineers came into Saturday prepared to prove themselves against the Saints. Fueled with fury from their loss against Clarkson, RPI scored a stunning 26 seconds into the first period, sneaking the puck under the Saints’ goalie.
It wasn’t until the second period that Hannah Miller was able to to hit a one-timer that tied the game at one apiece.
Despite going into overtime, neither team was able to best the other and the game ended in a tie. This President’s Day weekend, women’s hockey will be home against Harvard University on Friday, and face Dartmouth College on Saturday, the latter of which is Senior Day.