Late Goals Sink Dutchwomen in 4-1 Loss to Clarkson

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Union College women’s hockey team hung tough against Clarkson University on Friday afternoon at Messa Rink, but the Golden Knights scored two goals late in the third period to seal a 4-1 victory in ECAC Hockey action.

Sophomore Celeste Beaudoin scored the lone goal of the game for Union (2-7-1, 0-3-0 ECAC Hockey), while classmate Olivia Rinzel played well between the pipes, making 27 saves on 30 shots.

After more than 10 minutes of scoreless action, Clarkson broke through in the first period on a goal by Anne Cherkowski. Her shot through a screen found the back of the net at the 10:46 mark of the first period, as Clarkson outshot Union 10-3 in the first period. Both teams had one power-play opportunity but neither team was able to capitalize.

Clarkson added their second goal of the game five minutes into the second period on a Gabrielle David score to make the score 2-0, but Union played well on both ends of the ice and generated some solid chances. Clarkson held the shot advantage at 8-6 in the second.

Union started the third period on the power play and took advantage of the opportunity, as Beaudoin scored on a shot from the slot at the 1:29 mark. Senior Grace Heiting started the play by wheeling around the Clarkson net before finding Beaudoin in the slot, while first-year Maren Friday added the second assist.

Union’s momentum was halted by a penalty in the final minutes, which allowed the visitors to score a power-play goal with 1:18 left and then an empty-netter in the final 30 seconds.

Union will be back on the ice tomorrow for a 3 p.m. game at Messa Rink when the Dutchwomen host St. Lawrence University.