This past weekend, the No. 5 women’s hockey team (4–1–0, 2–1–0 ECAC) traveled to upstate New York to take on Colgate (6–4–1, 1–1–0) and No. 3 Cornell (4–0–0, 2–0–0). The Tigers split the tough road trip, getting a 1–0 victory on Friday night over the Raiders and losing 3–1 on Saturday afternoon against the Big Red.
In Hamilton on Friday, Princeton got on the board quickly after a goal from senior forward Carly Bullock generated from a Colgate turnover in their defensive zone. Bullock has been a scoring machine early on this season, as her goal against the Raiders was her fifth goal in four games.
Bullock’s goal would stand the rest of the game, as the two goalies dueled the rest of the way. Junior goalie Rachel McQuigge held the fort down for the Tigers, tallying 20 saves to keep Colgate out of the net. This was McQuigge’s first shutout since last January at Cornell. Despite Princeton’s continued offensive pressure, Colgate could not get another goal through on the 23 other shots they put on net.
Saturday’s game against Cornell was a rematch of the 2019 ECAC semifinal, a game Princeton lost in double overtime. Princeton was unable to avenge that loss in Ithaca, dropping the contest 3–1.
The scoring came in a flurry in the second period. Cornell scored twice before Bullock was able to score again, for a team-best sixth goal in the five games the Tigers have played so far. The goal again came on a turnover, this time as the Big Red were moving into the Princeton offensive zone, which she took the rest of the way and rifled between the Cornell goalie and the near post.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, there was not to be another goal, and the Big Red responded shortly after to take a two-goal lead. Despite outshooting Cornell 24–22 and winning faceoffs 34–24, Princeton again fell short of pushing more than one goal in. This was Princeton’s first loss of the season, but it will get another chance to see Cornell in Baker Rink on Dec. 6.
Before then, the Tigers will host Harvard, Dartmouth, Clarkson, and St. Lawrence and travel to Union and RPI. Getting victories over the Crimson and the Big Green next weekend at home will be crucial for Princeton in seeking to defend its Ivy League title and continuing to stay near the top of the ECAC standings.
Harvard is undefeated so far this season, with victories over Dartmouth, Brown, and Yale. Dartmouth picked up its first win on Saturday against Brown in overtime. The Crimson are currently on top of the ECAC and Ivy League standings.