The 2018-19 Syracuse Orange Women’s Ice Hockey team finally reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Their season ended on Saturday afternoon in Madison Wisconsin as the top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Orange 4-0 to advance to the Frozen Four.
Syracuse was a big underdog heading into the contest as the Badgers had defeated them by a combined scored of 15-2 in two previous meetings this season. The Orange exceeded expectations as they held the Badgers scoreless through the first period and had an outstanding chance to score when Abby Moloughney had a breakaway which was stopped by Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell.
The Badgers scored twice in the second period and then put the game away with two more goals in the third. Syracuse goalie Ady Cohen continued her excellent post-season with 43 saves. The Orange struggled to find consistent play in net this year so the hope is that this success propels Cohen next year when she returns for her senior season.
After the game Head Coach Paul Flanagan and the Orange trio of Brooke Avery, Allie Munroe and Lindsay Eastwood talked to the media about the historic game and the team’s effort against the #1 seed.
Congratulations to the Orange on making program history and we look forward to seeing if next year’s team can take another step forward.