Senior weekend for Cornell women’s hockey kicks off with annual DIFD game

Wear purple on Friday evening for Cornell’s annual Do It For Daron game, which brings Yale to town to kick off Cornell women’s hockey’s final home weekend of the regular season.

The Big Red and goaltender Marlène Boissonault shut out Syracuse Tuesday night by a 5-0 score thanks to a hat trick from sophomore Kristin O’Neill. Junior Diana Buckley and freshman Joie Phelps added the other two goals on the night.

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

Do It For Daron (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.

Saturday’s 3pm game against Brown is the final regular-season home game on the team’s schedule, and will feature a Senior Night ceremony.

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