Compiled by D3hockey.com staff
Coming into Tuesday night's game at Fredonia State, Elmira had won three straight -- two of which came over Geneseo State and Oswego State -- both ranked teams. But the Soaring Eagles' streak came to an end as a power play goal by Fredonia's Stephen Castriota with just 47 seconds remaining lifted the Blue Devils to a 5-4 non-conference win.
Castriota's late power play goal propelled the Blue Devils to a 5-4
win over Elmira
Photo: Fredonia State Athletics
Four different Fredonia skaters got in on the scoring act in the opening 40 minutes as the Blue Devils opened up a 2-1 lead after one period and led 4-2 after two.
But in the third, Elmira rolled up 18 shots and picked up goals from Josh Burnell and Tommy Sumi to make it a 4-4 game with 7:10 left in regulation. An Elmira penalty with just under two minutes to play handed Fredonia a late opportunity and it's one the Blue Devils took advantage of as Castriota struck with the game-winner with just 47 seconds left to play.
The win ran the SUNYAC's record against the ECAC West to 15-17-4 this season -- a notable improvement over past season's. Elmira outshot Fredonia 52-26 on the night, but Blue Devils' netminder Jeff Flagler made 52 stops to get the win. Fredonia improved to 5-8-3 on the year, while Elmira now stands at 9-7-0.
The NESCAC women entered the night with the second-best league non-conference record in the nation and it only got better as Wesleyan, Williams and Hamilton all scored wins over non-league foes.
In Wesleyan's 4-2 win at Plymouth State, the Cardinals were powered by a four-goal second period that saw Mackenzie McPike, Ellery Sarosi, Abigail Rutt and Rachel Aronow all register goals. The Panthers' answered in the third with a Marisa Zamrock power play goal to make it 4-2 but it's all they were able to manage in the period. With the win, Wesleyan improved to 4-7-1, while the loss dropped Plymouth State to 3-12-1.
At Williams, the Ephs led New England College 1-0 after the opening period but erupted for five second period goals as they rolled up 68 shots en route to a 9-0 win over the Pilgrims. Eliza Noyes led Williams (7-6-1) with a pair of goals, while Christina Bravi added a goal and four assists, and Michaela Levine a goal and three assists.
Last but not least, Megan Fiitzgerald and Katie Parkman both scored in the first period put Hamilton up early on SUNY Canton in a game the Continentals ultimately won 4-2. Parkman added another goal in the second period to make it 3-1, and Gigi Fraser added another later in the frame to round out the Hamilton scoring. Hamilton (5-6-2) held a 40-12 shot advantage on the night.