PRINCETON, N.J. — Freshman Christine Foster provided all of the offense and senior goaltender Roxanne Gaudiel did her job in net as No. 5 Princeton defeated Colgate 3-0 in Game One of the ECAC quarterfinals against Colgate,
Foster, who had only two regular-season goals, was in the right place at the right time and earned the natural hat trick.
“Foster was huge,” said Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal. “She was right on it, right from the first shift. She had a lot of jump in her step, one of the only kids who looked quick out there.”
Princeton (20-6-4) started off strong, as usual. The Tigers outshot the Raiders 12-1 for the period. Colgate junior goalie Brook Wheeler hung tough with some difficult saves, but the Tigers broke through at 12:14 when Kate Hession took a slap shot and Foster deflected it in.
In the second period, Colgate (12-14-7) found its rhythm but not the net. Though the Raiders only had five shots on goal for the period, a couple of them were dramatic Gaudiel stops — one on a skate save and another when she fell on a loose puck to the side of the net.
In the third period, Princeton regained its spark, keeping the puck in the offensive zone and breaking up potential rushes by Colgate. Then at 4:50 Foster struck again. After freshman Annie Greenwood shot the puck, it became tangled in some skates, squirted free, and Foster tapped it in.
At 9:13, with Princeton on the power play, co-captain Heather Jackson took a shot. The rebound came out to Foster, who was all alone at the corner of the crease. Wheeler was hopelessly out of position and the net was wide open. The result was a 3-0 lead.
“The puck bounced to my stick and I just put in three times,” Foster said modestly.
Though Princeton dominated on the scoreboard and the stat sheet, outshooting Colgage 32-11, the coaches’ comments belied the numbers.
“I thought we played a hell of a hockey game,” said Colgate coach Scott Wiley. “I thought we took it to them in the second period. I thought we had two bad bounces. Their goalie played well. I thought she made some big saves when they needed them.”
“I didn’t think we played well,” Kampersal said. “I thought Colgate forced us not to play well, they did a good job. They played really good defensively. We coughed the puck up too many times for my liking, didn’t control the blue lines. In the third period our seniors got together and stepped up when it mattered.”
“They’re a good team, and good teams make their own luck,” Wiley said.
The two teams will play game two of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m.