Oswego Seniors Celebrated in Loss to Elmira
OSWEGO, NY- The Oswego women’s hockey team fell to Elmira College 3-1 in a Saturday afternoon contest at the Marano Campus Center Arena in Oswego. The game was the Lakers’s final home game of the season and a rematch of Friday night’s contest where Elmira offensively dominated and defeated Oswego 8-1. The win secured a first-round bye for the Soaring Eagles in the ECAC West tournament.
In the first period, the Soaring Eagles (20-3-1, 15-2-0 ECACW) dominated faceoffs, earning 12 of 15 draw controls. Their offense was sparked when captain Johanna Eidensten scored at 7:14 of the second period with assists from Katie Granato and Olivia Nystrom. Less than ten minutes later, the Soaring Eagles struck again, with Maddy Jerolman scoring on a powerplay at 14:12. She was assisted by Katie Granato and Louisa Lippiatt Durnell.
Lippiatt Durnell notched another assist to Rachel Grampp, who netted a wrap around goal at 3:15 of the third period. Roughly four minutes later, Oswego’s Kendall Appelbaum cut Elmira’s lead to two, as she struck on the powerplay. Alli Ullrich earned the assist. The Lakers came close to cutting Elmira’s lead to one goal in the final period, as Olivia Ellis railed a shot off the crossbar but was unable to convert off the rebound.
Trovato stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss, while Elmira’s Kyle Nelson turned away 12 of 13 shots. Elmira maintained their faceoff advantage through the game, winning 25 to Oswego’s 19.
The Lakers (12-8-4, 6-8-3 ECACW) will graduate four players. Defensively, they will lose Jayme McCreary (Waterloo, NY), and captain goalkeeper Tori Trovato (Fulton, NY). Offensively, the Lakers will graduate forwards Bailee Goodon (Boissevain, Man.), and alternate captain Lizzy Marks (Penfield, NY). The seniors were honored in a ceremony following the game, listing both athletic and academic accomplishments as their families joined them on the ice. Players and coaches were unavailable after the game for comment, due to the senior game festivities.
The Lakers will be back in action this Saturday to face the winner of the first round of the ECAC West playoffs. The time and location is to be determined.