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Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey falls in NCAA Semifinals

The third-ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team lost to the second-ranked and defending national champions Wisconsin Badgers 3-1 Friday night at the Whittemore Center Arena. With the loss, the Raiders season ends and they finish with an overall record of 32-7-1 and 18-4-0 in the ECAC.

#3 Colgate defeats #6 Cornell to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four

Only one goal was scored through the first two periods of the game, as goaltenders Kayle Osborne (Colgate) and Ava McNaughton (Wisconsin) took center stage. The goal was scored by Wisconsin’s Kirsten Simms with nine minutes left in the first period. She took a pass from Casey O’Brien and ripped a shot past Osborne from the slot. Simms leads the country in scoring.

Colgate had a two-minute five-on-three power play opportunity in the second period but could not capitalize. The Raiders were 0/5 on the power play for the game, while the Badgers were 0/4.

Wisconsin added to their lead at the 11:29 mark of the third period on a goal by Vivian Jungels. Her shot from the left circle eluded Osborne giving the Badgers an insurance goal.

After totaling 11 shots on goal through the first two periods, Colgate fired 15 shots at McNaughton in the third period. They cut the Wisconsin lead in half with 2:10 remaining when Kristýna Kaltounková scored her team-leading 27th goal of the season. With Osborne on the bench for an extra skater, Kaltounková jammed in a loose puck from the top of the Badgers crease.

The Raiders continued to press with the extra skater after the Kaltounková goal, but it was Wisconsin who scored the next goal. With 12 seconds remaining, Laila Edwards skated the puck into the Colgate zone and deposited it into the empty net. With their victory, Wisconsin will now face #1 Ohio St on Sunday afternoon for the NCAA Championship.

Although their season came to an end on Friday night, it was still a fantastic campaign for the Colgate Raiders. 2023-24 marked their third consecutive season with at least 30 wins. They won their fourth ECAC Championship in a row and placed five players on the All-ECAC Teams.

Individually, forward Emma Pais was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year. Team captain Danielle Serdachny was named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (given to the best player in Division I women’s hockey) for the second consecutive season. Goaltender Averill McCorkle was awarded the Elite 90 Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the teams in the Frozen Four.

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