Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Freshmen crucial in Wayne victory over Colgate
The Wayne State women's team seized its first victory of the season; the team defeated Colgate on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout. The win came after the Warriors were defeated by Colgate 3-2 on Friday evening. In both games, freshmen were critical components of the offensive effort.
The Warriors were able to stay in Friday's contest thanks in large part to goalie Valery Turcotte, who stopped ten shots--over half the shots she'd see in the entire game--in the first period. Freshman Sam Poyton notched her first goal of the season, and put Wayne State on the board early in the second period. Senior captain Jessica Snelgrove (pictured) was credited with the assist. Colgate retaliated at the end of the period to tie the score.
Freshman Lindsay DiPietro, reigning CHA Offensive Player of the Week, got some help from Danielle Wilson to put the Warriors in the lead, but Colgate quickly retaliated to tie up the score again. Colgate's Sam Hunt then scored the third goal late in the period, and Wayne State, despite controlling the offensive opportunities for the rest of the game, could not re-tie the score. Once again, the Warriors were close, but had no victory.
On Saturday, the Warriors refused to let the game even be close--the offense was relentless and Turcotte turned away each of the 22 shots she faced.
DiPietro set the example late in the first period; she capitalized on a Warrior power play to score her fifth of the season and the Warriors' first of the night. Melissa Boal and Laura Monk earned assists on DiPietro's goal. Less than two minutes into the second period, Poyton was set up by Snelgrove and Tina Vanderhoeven to put the Warriors up by two.
Boal, assisted by DiPietro and Wilson, notched a power play goal to widen the Warriors' lead, and DiPietro knocked in an unassisted goal to conclude the Wayne State scoring barrage.
Turcotte held steady through the third period to maintain her shutout, and the Warriors were able to tally their first win of the season.
Further, the Warriors' penalty kill unit was flawless all weekend--Colgate was unable to convert on a single one of its extra-woman advantages.
The Warriors will host the Connecticut Huskies this weekend.