WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Lindenwood pulled off the biggest upset of its NCAA history on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Lions shocked Robert Morris by a 4-2 score. The win was the first for the program against a NCAA Division I nationally-ranked team.
Lindenwood played a nearly perfect game for the first half of the contest and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Lady Lions mostly stayed out of the penalty box and the defense kept a lane open so that goalie Nicole Hensley had a clear view of most shots. Offensively, Lyndsay Kirkham and Kendra Broad scored in the first period, and Kirkham added a second goal less than seven minutes into the second period.
Robert Morris wouldn't go away quietly, scoring a power-play goal at the 13:33 mark of the second which gave Lindenwood a two-goal lead after two periods.
Neither team scored for the first half of the third period. The Lady Lions then got a big insurance goal when Broad scored again at the 11:24 mark.
The Colonials kept the pressure up after that and drew several Lindenwood penalties. The biggest was a major that gave Robert Morris a power play for the final five minutes of the game. Robert Morris kept firing shots at Hensley in that span, but only one made it past her as Lindenwood held on for the win.
Robert Morris finished the game with a 57-18 edge in shots, but Hensley was terrific making 55 saves.
Offensively, Broad and Kirkham both finished with two goals and two assists, setting a career high in points for both players. Jocelyn Slattery had three assists and Katie Nokelby had her first collegiate point with an assist.
No. 1 Minnesota 3, No. 3 North Dakota 1
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Minnesota used two power-play goals from freshman forward Dani Cameranesi to earn a 3-1 win and a road series sweep agains North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night.
In addition to Cameranesi's two-goal effort, sophomore Hannah Brandt and senior Kelly Terry each had two assists, and junior Meghan Lorence added the Gophers' third goal of the game to extend her current goal streak to six games.
"To complete the sweep with a 3-1 win here tonight was really big for our team," head coach Brad Frost said. "Getting six points on the road in a hostile environment against a very good team was good for us."
Minnesota (26-1-1, 20-1-1-0 WCHA) scored one goal in each period with the first two coming off the stick of Cameranesi on the Gophers' first two power plays of the game.
Lorence extended the Gophers' lead to 3-0 at the 4:25 mark of the third period before North Dakota (16-7-3, 13-6-3-2 WCHA) got on the board with a goal by Gracen Hirschy with 3:33 remaining in the game.
No. 4 Clarkson 5, Rensselaer 1
TROY, N.Y. -- Three power-play goals led Clarkson by the Rensselaer Engineers 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 21-4-3 (12-2-2 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Engineers to 10-15-2 (6-9-1). Clarkson now stands two points behind leader Harvard with six league games remaining as the Crimson played to a 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac today. The Knights also have a game in hand on Harvard.
The Engineers were the first to score at the 8:24 mark as Alexa Gruschow found Heidi Huhtamaki who beat senior goaltender Erica Howe to give RPI the 1-0 lead.
The lead would not last for long as the Knights continued their successful weekend on the power play. Given the man advantage, freshman Genevieve Bannon and senior Vanessa Plante combined to find sophomore Renata Fast who did the rest and beat goaltender Brianna Piper for her first goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
The Knights would use all but two seconds of that power play before cashing in with the go-ahead goal. Sophomore Shannon MacAulay received passes from senior captain Carly Mercer and sophomore Erin Ambrose and beat Piper to give Clarkson the 2-1 lead. The goal is the fifth power-play goal of the weekend for the Green and Gold.
No. 5 Harvard 2, No. 9 Quinnipiac 2 (OT)
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Twice did Harvard fall behind to Quinnipiac, but both times the Crimson (17-2-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) found a way to bounce back into the thick of things, eventually tying the Bobcats 2-2 on Saturday.
Harvard sophomore Miye D'Oench tallied her team-leading 12th goal of the year, while classmate Mary Parker notched her third point of the weekend with the game-tying goal in the final period. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer collected 30 saves, including 15 in the third period alone.
Junior Shiann Darkangelo proved vital in the Bobcats picking up a crucial point in the conference standings with two points (one goal, one assist) on two Quinnipiac goals. The decision on Saturday marks the highest-ranked opponent Quinnipiac has tied in its program history while the Bobcats also break up Harvard's season-high five-game winning streak.
No. 6 Cornell 4, Brown 0
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Alyssa Gagliardi and Jillian Saulnier netted one goal and one assist each to lead Cornell against Brown 4-0 at Lynah Rink.
Scoring for the Big Red opened up five minutes in to the second period when Jillian Saulnier took a pass from Alyssa Gagliardi and Jessica Campbell. Barely 20 seconds later, Gagliardi had a goal of her own, this time off a Monika Leck pass. Emily Fulton notched a goal with six minutes left off passes from Cassandra Poudrier and Saulnier to head into the second intermission with a 3-0 advantage.
Kaitlin Doering netted the final goal, unassisted, for the Big Red three minutes into the final period.
The Bears' Monica Elvin and Aubree Moore combined for 36 saves on the game.
Lauren Slebodnick picked up career win No. 64 for the Big Red, stopping 13 shots from Brown. The win is also Cornell's 497 program win.
No. 7 Boston College 5, Providence 0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass -- Emily Field scored a goal to record her 100th career point, Haley Skarupa tallied two goals in her return from injury and Corinne Boyles stopped 23 shots to record her second shutout in four games as Boston College defeated Providence 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.
Skarupa lit the lamp first for the Eagles at 11:00 of the first period. Kaliya Johnson sent the puck up the ice along the left boards where Kristyn Capizzano dug it out and fed a pass to Skarupa who buried a low wrister from the top of the slot for her 15th goal of the season.
Field started off a three-goal second period by the Eagles when she split two Providence defenders to create her own breakaway and slid a backhanded shot under Sarah Bryant's pads to give BC a 2-0 lead. The goal marked her 12th tally of the season and 100th career point in her 100th career game.
Kate Leary continued the scoring streak for Boston College, redirecting a pass from Johnson in front of the net and into the goal for her sixth of the year. Skarupa netted her second goal of the game six minutes later when she roofed the puck from in front of the crease to give BC a 4-0 lead.
Dana Trivigno concluded the scoring in the game at 3:17 of the third period when she backhanded a shot from the inside edge of the left circle hit PC netminder Nina Riley's left pad and slid into the back of the net, giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
No. 10 Mercyhurst 2, Syracuse 1
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Hannah Bale scores her first collegiate game-winning goal to lead Mercyhurst to a 2-1 win against Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers improved to 17-7-3 overall and remain second in the CHA with a record of 10-3-1.
All of the action from the Mercyhurst bench came during the first period as the Lakers tallied both goals before the first 20 minutes. With the two goals, the Lakers also tallied 12 shots on net to the Orange's seven.
The first goal was the Lakers' only power-play goal of the evening and Mercyhurst was given two power-play opportunities overall. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied her 25th career goal to mark the first of the contest at the 12:18 mark of the opening period. Senior Christie Cicero tallied the primary assist and junior Molly Byrne was also awarded an assist.
Then for the second consecutive contest, sophomore Hannah Bale scored a goal to mark her second of the season. With three minutes left in the first, sophomore Jaclyn Arbour set up Bale with an even-strength goal at the 19:51 mark. The eventual game-winning goal notched Bale's first career game winner at Mercyhurst.
Syracuse Margot Scharfe found a way past goaltender Amanda Makela at the 19:51 mark of the second. The power-play goal narrowed the Lakers lead 2-1 at the end of the second.