Cornell breezes its way past Yale

Cornell breezes its way past Yale

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 6 women's hockey team breezed its way past Yale with a 4-0 win en route to claiming the Ivy League title for the second year in a row on Friday night at Lynah Rink. This marks the 14th Ivy title for the program and the 12th time Cornell has had sole possession of it.
 
The league-winning performance certainly was a team effort as nine different Big Red skaters all registered points. The win was also extra special as the match was the annual 'Do It For Daron' game. The Do It For Daron organization was founded by the family and friends of Daron Richardson, the sister of former women's hockey player Morgan Richardson '16.
 
"It's exciting for us to win the Ivy League championship here today," said head coach Doug Derraugh. "I thought the start of the game we started off kind of tentative, maybe a little nervous, I'm not quite sure. But I didn't think our start was that great tonight. We got a few bounces early on that went our way and I felt that in the second and third we played much better. I thought we were much more aggressive and controlled the play much more in those two periods."
 
With the win, goaltender Marlene Boissonnault now has five shutouts on the season, the fifth most in the nation and third most in program history.
 
"I feel like regardless of the score or whether it's a shutout, whether it's a one-goal game…I think my team is a big defensive group," said Boissonnault. "We focus on the defensive side of things and I think that's why we get to get that shutout. Like I said, it's a team shutout, not necessarily a 'me' shutout because there's definitely teamwork that goes into that."
 
Maddie Mills kick-started the winning effort with a score five minutes and 14 seconds into the contest. After a Kristin O'Neill wraparound to the far post, Mills poked the puck in through a small window of space to notch the game winner. The freshman now has 15 goals on the season.
 
After initially being waved off as no-good, a late-period strike from Paige Lewis put the Big Red on a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. Lewis took a shot deep from the far circle that hit the crossbar and appeared to go bar down, but was not called as so. After an official review, the goal was confirmed and the sophomore skated away with her 10th-career score.
 
Grace Graham added to the team's advantage early in the second, cashing in on a tip from Lenka SerdarKristin O'Neill would add an exclamation point to the victory on a power play 16:41 into the final frame. Following a rebound off of a pad save by Yale's Tera Hofmann, O'Neill would capitalize on the loose puck to seal the victory for her team.
 
"Tonight's win really came down to wanting to get more, to who wanted more, and we knew what was on the line," said Boissonnault. "But regardless we came out there and played Big Red hockey and played our game and I think that's why we were successful tonight."
 
The Big Red scored three of its goals on Yale goaltender Gianna Meloni, who came into Lynah Rink with the nation's third highest save percentage (.936) and ninth-best goals against average (1.80). Meloni came away with seven saves before being relieved by Hofmann, who made 39. Cornell's stout defensive was showcased against the Bulldogs with Boissonnault only have to make 10 stops.
 
Cornell was dominant offensively, outshooting Yale 50-10 with 42 of those shots coming in the second and third periods.
 
The team is back at Lynah Rink tomorrow for Senior Day, taking on Brown for a 3 p.m. contest. A short ceremony honoring the squad's three members of the Class of 2018 will take place shortly after the conclusion of the game.