Big Red women host annual awareness games at Lynah this weekend

As Cornell women’s hockey heads into the season’s home stretch, their games this weekend will raise awareness for the important topics of concussions and youth mental health. The team went 6-2-2 through a very busy January, and they bring a 14-6-3 overall record, 10-3-3 in conference play, into February and the last three weekends of the regular season.

Cornell’s women hosted Quinnipiac in last season’s DIFD hockey game. 14850 file photo.

Recapping January

The women are back from a pair of weekend road trips, splitting a North Country weekend with a 2-1 win at Clarkson and a 5-2 loss at St. Lawrence two weeks ago, followed by a win at Dartmouth and a tie at Harvard last weekend.

Kaitlin Doering’s unassisted first-period goal in Hanover was the only tally of the game at Dartmouth last Friday night, as Marlene Boissonault posted her second career shutout for the Big Red, stopping 13 Dartmouth shots.

Saturday afternoon was a higher-scoring affair as the Harvard Crimson hosted their annual “White the Bright” game. Harvard took a 1-0 first period lead, and the Big Red’s Sarah Knee and Doering notched a pair in the second. Cornell held onto the 2-1 lead until a late power-play goal tied it up, and the 2-2 score held through overtime.

Pack Lynah this weekend!

Friday’s 6pm game at Lynah pits the Red against a visiting Union squad with just a 4-23-1 record, 1-14-1 in ECAC play, and the Dutchwomen fell to Cornell in Schenectady last fall. It’s also Cornell’s entry in a conference-wide Concussion Awareness Weekend, helping the athlete-led Headway Foundation reach a fan audience with the importance of preventing concussion injuries by promoting a safer sports culture, and dealing responsibly with injuries that do occur. The Headway Foundation urges student-athletes to take “the New Tough Pact,” promising to report possible concussion symptoms they’re experiencing and encourage injured teammates to do the same.

Wear purple on Saturday afternoon for Cornell’s annual Do It For Daron (DIFD) game, which brings RPI to town for a 3pm tilt. The Engineers edged the Big Red last fall in Troy with a late goal that broke a 0-0 tie that had stood until three minutes before the end of regulation.

DIFD is a Big Red family cause, founded by the family and friends of Big Red alum Morgan Richardson’s sister Daron, who died by suicide as a young teen. The organization created a dialogue that challenges the stigma of youth mental illness, and Cornell’s women have skated with purple laces, purple DIFD hearts on their helmets, and even limited-edition purple-trim jerseys that were auctioned off after last season’s DIFD game.

Still to come

After this weekend’s awareness-raising games, the Big Red will head off on one last regular-season road trip to Yale and Brown next weekend, before returning home to host St. Lawrence and Clarkson on the 17th and 18th.

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