Three-game week for Cornell women’s hockey features Syracuse and annual DIFD game

Big Red women’s ice hockey is fresh from a three-point weekend in New England, and this week features a Tuesday night contest against the visiting Syracuse Orange and the annual “Do It For Daron” game against Yale on Friday.

This past weekend, Cornell leapt out to an early 2-0 lead at Harvard on goals from Kendra Nealey and Brianna Veerman in the first period Friday, but the Crimson came back with goals in the second and third to tie it up and hold on through overtime. In Hanover the next day, Veerman tallied again, and goals from Joie Phelps and Paige Lewis helped the Red to a 3-1 win over Dartmouth. The Red are now 14-7-3 on the season, 11-5-2 in ECAC Hockey play.

Tuesday’s 7pm game is a rematch against the regional rival. Syracuse hosted the Big Red earlier this season, with Cornell skating to a 6-3 win. For those who can’t make it in person, the game will be broadcast online on ESPN3 and TSN GO, as well as on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Cornell’s women wearing limited edition purple jerseys at a past DIFD game. 14850 file photo.

Wear purple on Friday evening for Cornell’s annual Do It For Daron (DIFD) game, which brings Yale to town for a 6pm tilt. 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 a previous season’s DIFD game. “DIFD has been inspiring hope in children and teens battling mental health by raising awareness and initiating tough conversation,” says Cornell player Diana Buckley.

Friday’s 6pm game against Yale at Lynah Rink is followed by a 3pm Saturday game against Brown. It’s the final regular-season home game on the team’s schedule, and will feature a Senior Night ceremony.

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