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Cornell Women's Hockey Wins ECAC Championship
NCAA Tournament to Start Saturday
| March 10, 2014
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The Cornell women's ice hockey team won their 2nd consecutive ECAC championship with a 1-0 win over Clarkson yesterday.  The Men host the ECAC quarterfinals starting this Friday at 7.

The Cornell women’s hockey team is the 2014 ECAC champions and the second seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.  As the 3 seed in the ECAC tournament, Cornell swept Princeton at home last weekend and then won 6-4 at Harvard Saturday and 1-0 at Clarkson yesterday in the finals.  Sophomore Cassandra Poudrier scored the lone goal in the first period, and senior Lauren Slebodnick picked up her Cornell record 68th win recording 26 saves in the shutout.  Cornell has now won the ECAC tournament four of the last 5 years, and this is their second consecutive championship. 

They now move on to the NCAA tournament which begins this Saturday.  Minnesota is the 1 seed, the Big Red is 2, Clarkson is 3 and Harvard is 4.  There are only 8 teams total so 3 wins gets you a title.  Cornell is in an interesting position; in the quarterfinals Saturday they host Mercyhurst who knocked them out of the tournament in the opening round last year. The Big Red has played the Lakers twice this season and is 1-0-1.  If they can get past Saturday though, they earn a trip to Connecticut for the Frozen 4 the following weekend.  And, be sure to listen to Sports Roundup this Sunday at 7 when we will talk to freshman Paula Voorheis, a Cornell goaltender with 7 wins this season including the 2 W’s against Princeton last weekend.  She has a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .928.  Once again, this Saturday, the women host Mercyhurst at 3 at Lynah Rink.

The men’s ice hockey team had a bye in the opening round of the ECAC tournament; they are the 4 seed so they will host Clarkson, the 5 seed who beat Princeton in the opening round this past weekend.  Cornell has played the Golden Knights twice this season.  They lost on the road back in November and won 3-2 at home in the last week of January.  The Big Red are 15-8-5 and ranked 12th in the nation.  16 teams make it to the NCAA tournament for men, so Cornell will likely need to win the ECAC or at minimum make it to the finals if they want a chance to extend their season.  They start the 3 game series at Lynah Friday at 7, with game 2 Saturday at 7 and the if necessary game would be Sunday also at 7.

Also, Andy Iles was named Ivy League player of the year for his outstanding career and season in goal for the Big Red.  Juniors Joakim Ryan and Brian Ferlin were also named first team all-ivy and junior John McCarron is honorable mention.  

Originally Aired: Monday, March 10, 2014. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
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