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Women's hockey earns split, stops three-game skid

You win some, you lose some.

This season the women's hockey team has certainly proven this adage to be true, and once again it split a pair of games this weekend.

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After falling 5-2 to Cornell (12-6-1 overall, 11-4-1 Eastern College Athletic Conference, 3-2-1 Ivy), the Tigers (10-11-1 overall, 7-9-0 ECAC, 3-4-0 Ivy) pulled themselves back together to deliver St. Lawrence (6-13-1 overall, 4-11-1 ECAC) another defeat, 4-3.

Citing a tough first week of classes, long bus rides and the aftermath of bicker, the team did not play up to par this weekend.

School lag

"The first week of classes is tough," sophomore center Danya Marshman said. "Everyone was really tired after bicker, and we've been on the road two weekends in a row."

Prior to Saturday's game, Cornell and Princeton each had one win against the other. It was Cornell's strong start that pushed them well ahead to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Freshman forward Beth Schmierer cut the deficit to two goals when she scored with only one second remaining in the period.

"The worst part about it was we let them score three goals in the first period," junior forward Ali Coughlin said. "We came out with bus legs, we weren't prepared mentally at all."

The Tiger offense was clearly at a disadvantage, missing Marshman, the team's second leading scorer, from the lineup due to a one-game suspension.

Filling in

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Freshman defender Annamarie Holmes moved from defense to forward to fill the gap created by Marshman. The transition turned out to be a good move for the Tigers, as Holmes' second-period goal narrowed the gap to one.

Despite Princeton's effort late in the game, it was too little too late, as Cornell got what many Tigers thought they did not deserve. "We still know that we can beat Cornell," Marshman said.

"We're pretty even with them," Coughlin said. "It could go either way."

The St. Lawrence team the Tigers met on the ice Sunday was an altogether different one than the team Princeton crushed 6-3 earlier this season.

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After a win against Yale, the Saints were more than eager to avenge their earlier loss to Princeton.

"Coming off a win (against Yale) they were really confident and wanted to beat us," Marshman said. "They outhustled and outskated us. (Head coach Jeff) Kampersal gave us a big speech between the second and third periods about how we needed to come out strong. It really fired us up."

Coughlin was clearly a presence on the ice, scoring the team's first shorthanded goal, in the second period, and also tallying two assists.

Back from her suspension, Marshman added two goals, one in the first period and the game-winning goal with just over two minutes remaining in the game to seal the Princeton victory.

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