Women’s D-I weekend wrap March 10: Syracuse wins CHA and first-ever berth in NCAA tournament, Wisconsin avenges regular season title loss to Minnesota

Allie Munroe - The Boston College Eagles defeated the visiting Syracuse University Orange 5-1 on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Allie Munroe and Syracuse advanced to their first-ever NCAA tournament. (Melissa Wade)

CHA tournament

Syracuse versus Lindenwood
Alexandra Larson put Lindenwood on the board first, but Syracuse took over from there. Four second-period goals from the Orange were the difference as Anonda Hopper, Abby Moloughney, Kelli Roswell, and Allie Munroe each found the back of the net to lead Syracuse to the 4-1 win.

RIT versus Penn State
Jessica Adolfsson scored on a power play late in the first to give Penn State a 1-0 lead. Abby Welch’s short-handed goal early in the second doubled the Nittany Lions’ lead. Brinna Dochniak scored less than two minutes into the third to cut the lead, but that’s as close as RIT would get. Shea Nelson made it 3-1 Penn State with under three to go, and Natalie Heising secure the win with an empty-net goal.

Syracuse versus Mercyhurst
Syracuse got on the board early with a goal from Lindsay Eastwood, but Mercyhurst responded with two goals in a row, one from Emma Nuutinen and one from Summer-Rae Dobson, to take a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second. The Orange responded a minute later with another goal from Eastwood and took the lead with a goal from Anonda Hopper to enter the second intermission up 3-2. Maggie Knott’s power-play goal midway through the third tied the game up for Mercyhurst. Eastwood completed her hat trick to win the game for Syracuse and send them to the title game.

Penn State versus Robert Morris
Amber Rennie scored 37 seconds into the second period to give the Colonials the lead, but Brooke Madsen responded a few minutes later to tie it up for Penn State. Sarah Quaranta’s goal 1:22 into the final frame was the difference-maker for Robert Morris to send them to the championship.

Syracuse versus Robert Morris
The game was tied at one after the first period thanks to goals from Syracuse’s Allie Olnowich and Robert Morris’ Caitlyn Sadowy. The Orange pulled away thanks to four second-period goals. Kristen Siermachesky, Brooke Avery, Savannah Rennie, and Lauren Bellfontaine made it 5-1 Syracuse after the second period. Jaycee Gebhard scored for the Colonials early in the third, but they were not able to mount a comeback. Abby Moloughney’s power-play goal late in the third assured the 6-2 victory for Syracuse. It is their first-ever CHA championship and first berth in the NCAA tournament.

ECAC tournament

Princeton versus Cornell
The Tigers had a 2-0 lead early in the second thanks to goals from Claire Thompson and Carly Bullock. Gillis Frechette cut the lead in half for Cornell to make it 2-1 heading into the second intermission. Maddie Mills’ third-period goal forced overtime, and Micah Zandee-Hart scored in the second overtime period to help the Big Red advance to the championship game.

Colgate versus Clarkson
Loren Gabel and Elizabeth Giguère scored within minutes of each other at the end of the first period, and that would prove to be enough to lead the Golden Knights to a 2-0 win and a berth in the title game.

Clarkson versus Cornell
Loren Gabel scored twice in 27 seconds to break the game open early in the second period. Maddie Mills scored 1:22 into the third, and it looked like Cornell might be able to make a comeback, but Ella Shelton’s goal midway through the final frame put the game out of the Big Red’s reach. Cassidy Vinkle’s empty-netter secured the 4-1 win and ECAC championship for Clarkson, their third straight.

Hockey East tournament

Boston University versus Boston College
Goals from Lindsay Agnew, Daryl Watts, and Kelly Browne put Boston College up 3-0 by the midpoint in the second period, and they would not look back. Abby Cook scored for Boston University to make it 3-1, but Watts responded two minutes later to put down any hopes of a comeback. Erin Connolly’s third-period goal made it 5-1 Eagles as they advanced to the tournament championship.

Providence versus Northeastern
This one got off to a fast start as Christina Putigna scored 18 seconds in for Providence and Alina Mueller responded with a goal at 1:52 to tie it at one before two minutes had passed. Matti Hartman put the Huskies up 2-1 before Kate Friesen responded for Providence on a power play to tied it up at two. Chloe Aurard’s goal late in the second was the game-winner to send Northeastern to the title game.

Boston College versus Northeastern
It was an even first period until Andrea Renner put Northeastern on the board just before the first period break. Caitrin Lonergan scored on a power play early in the second to tie it up. It was 1-1 after the second. Alina Mueller scored with about five minutes to go in the game, and that looked like it might be enough, but Kali Flanagan forced overtime with a goal with 4.9 seconds left in regulation. It was Kasidy Anderson that was the hero in overtime to give Northeastern their second-straight Hockey East title.

WCHA tournament

Minnesota Duluth versus Minnesota
The Gophers outshot the Bulldogs, 44-9, en route to a 4-1 victory in the semifinal. Gabbie Hughes put UMD on the board first, scoring on the Bulldogs’ first shot of the game to make it 1-0 Minnesota Duluth. Kelly Pannek responded for Minnesota a few minutes later to send this one to the first intermission tied at one. Nicole Schammel and Grace Zumwinkle scored in the second to help the Gophers pull away, and Zumwinkle added an empty-net goal to secure the win for Minnesota.

Ohio State versus Wisconsin
Britta Curl’s power-play goal opened the scoring to put Wisconsin up 1-0. Ohio State responded with goals from Tatum Skaggs and Charly Dahlquist to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead midway through the second. Wisconsin’s Sophie Shirley tied the game with 45.7 seconds left in the second to make it 2-2. Annie Pankwoski scored the game-winner with 4:30 to go in the game. It was her 200th career point.

Wisconsin versus Minnesota
Caitlin Schneider scored midway through the first to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission. Britta Curl scored two minutes into the second to double the Badgers’ lead, but Grace Zumwinkle’s power-play goal a few minutes later for Minnesota made it 2-1. Annie Pankowski’s empty-net goal secured the 3-1 win for the Badgers, who won their fourth WCHA tournament in five years. Pankowski and teammate Emily Clark became the first players to ever win four titles in their career.