RPI Womens Team Makes ECAC Hockey League Playoffs in Their First Season
According to an article that appeared last week in The Times Union, the Rensselaer Womens' Hockey Team surprised the experts in its first year in the ECAC Hockey League by going 8-5-1 in its last 14 games and making the playoffs. The eighth-ranked Engineers faced off against the top-ranked Big Green of Dartmouth this past weekend in Hanover for a best-of-three game series.
RPI jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the game on Friday, only to later fall to Dartmouth 6-3. Dartmouth got a four goal performance from senior Katie Weatherston. Dartmouth extended their unbeaten streak to 11 straight by beating Rensselaer 3-1 in Game 2. Ashley Mayr stopped 74 of 81 shots she faced in the weekend, which is quite a bit of rubber to have to keep out of the net.
The womens' team had an outstanding year, particularly considering that they had only two seniors on the roster. Coach John Burke was quoted in the Times Union as saying, "We're a team; we don't have any one or two people that we rely on. We finished the regular season with 10 one-goal losses, so we're still trying to learn how to win those games. It's been a new experience for our kids."
The team finished with a 12-22-1 overall record, 8-15-1 in the ECACHL. On to bigger and better things next season.