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#5 Colgate Handles #8/9 Cornell, 6-3

Credit: Karin Rosario, Colgate Athletics

Pais’ career night propels Raiders to first win in Ithaca since 2009

Ithaca, N.Y.. – Elyssa Biederman, Danielle Serdachny, and Dara Greig all chipped in two tallies apiece, but first-year Emma Pais stole the show with her first-career three-point performance in a 6-3 win against No. 8/9 Cornell on the road. 

“Everyone up and down the lineup showed out tonight,” Pais said. “Fourth line, penalty kill, power play; everyone was focused on doing their job which helped us get the win in the end.” 

The Raiders outshot the Big Red 10-3 through the opening 10 minutes but struggled to finish goals despite several great looks on net. That was until Gwen Eichfeld, who notched her first career point streak with a goal on Tuesday and an assist tonight, poked a pass to Neena Brick at center ice who fed a streaking Madeline Palumbo. 

Palumbo pushed a two-on-one fast break the length of the ice, opting to call her own number to beat the Cornell goalie’s glove side. Four minutes later, Serdachny played a puck from Emma Pais in the far faceoff circle, burying her first of two goals on the night to put the Raiders up a pair. 

The first seven minutes of the second stanza were scoreless until Greig earned a free rush to the net with a Cornell defender on her heels. With eyes in the back of her head, Greig dropped off a perfectly placed puck just feet in front of the crease for a trailing Pais, which the first-year potted with ease to give Colgate a three-goal advantage. 

Pais kept the momentum rolling for the Raiders when she again found Serdachny with open ice in front of her. The Colgate captain nonchalantly centered the puck before unloading a wrister from above the faceoff circles top-shelf, leaving the Cornell netminder helpless and giving the Raiders a commanding 4-0 lead. 

Cornell was able to steal one back in the opening moments of the third, but the NCAA’s scoring leader Kristýna Kaltounková flicked in a rebound off a Kaia Malachino miss to reaffirm the four-point cushion. 

The Big Red kept fighting and made things interesting after scoring back-to-back goals late, but Biederman made the home side pay for pulling their goalie by burying an empty-netter to give Colgate its first win against Cornell in Ithaca since 2009. 


Colgate will look to sweep the season series against Cornell at home tomorrow afternoon when the two sides meet again at 3 p.m. in the Class of 1965 Arena. 

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