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Credit: Brian Miller, Colgate Athletics

Two points from first-year Emma Pais seals senior day win

HAMILTON – On a day celebrating seven standout seniors in the Class of 1965 Arena, it was first-year Emma Pais who sealed the victory for Colgate with a two-goal performance in a 2-0 triumph against RPI. The win marked Pais’ third multi-score outing this season and the eighth game of her career with two or more points.  

“Since Emma got back from break her game has taken another step,” head coach Greg Fargo said. “You’re starting to see how she can really take over games like she did today, scoring that big goal. She had a really strong game from start to finish tonight. 

The two third-period strikes from Pais came after a grueling 50 minutes of play that saw the Raiders outshoot the Engineers 46-5 but stay even on the scoreboard.

Colgate struggled to get anything past RPI goalie Amanda Rampado who posted 54 saves in the loss, the most an opposing goalie has logged against the Raiders all season. 

While Colgate did not break through until the third frame, it was not for lack of effort. Rampado made big save after big save to stifle Colgate’s forwards for the majority of the game. 

With under a minute to play in the second, the Raiders seemed to have things rolling when Serdachny scooted away from multiple RPI defenders and pushed down the ice.

A two-on-one advantage allowed Elyssa Biederman to dart to the front of the net where the sophomore’s shot was saved at point-blank range, with Rampado also deterring rebounds from Madeline Palumbo and Gwen Eichfeld. 

The Raiders continued sending pucks on the net to no avail until Pais collected a pass from Neena Brick in the right faceoff circle. She calmly weaved between defenders before dialing in a pinpoint snipe just above Rampado’s glove that broke the scoreless draw.  

After RPI pulled Rampado from the net with under two minutes remaining, Pais was relentless in the neutral zone to force an Engineers’ turnover that led to an easy empty-netter and Colgate’s second-straight ECAC victory. 

The Raiders are on the road next weekend for a trip to Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, where they will look to lock up their first ECAC regular season title since 2021.

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