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Posted: July 11th, 2013

The Mercyhurst-Cornell women’s hockey rivalry will continue in the 2013-14 season. The Lakers and Big Red meet for a two-game, non-conference series Jan. 10-11 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Those matchups headline the Lakers’ schedule, which begins early – Sept. 21 and 28 – with exhibition games at MIC against Western Ontario and the Whitby Wildcats of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The regular season opens at home Oct. 5 against Ohio State.
They also have non-conference games at Providence (Oct. 12-13), Clarkson (Oct. 18-19) and Minnesota State-Mankato (Jan. 17-18) and at home against Maine (Oct. 25-26). In between, the Lakers face Cornell for the first time since a 4-3 overtime win this past March in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, which sent Mercyhurst to the Frozen Four for the third time in program history. The Lakers lost to Boston University in the semifinals to finish the season at 29-7-1.
They begin the College Hockey America schedule Nov. 8 at Robert Morris. The Lakers play their first conference home game Nov. 15 against Syracuse. They conclude the regular season at home Feb. 21-22 against CHA foe Lindenwood. The conference playoffs run from Feb. 28 to March 8.

Posted: October 12th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team was special on special teams Friday night.
The ninth-ranked Lakers scored four power-play goals on five chances, and were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, on their way to a 6-3 win against Providence at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Molly Byrne scored both of her goals with the man advantage and added an assist for a three-point outing.
Christie Cicero scored twice for the Lakers (4-0-1). Jenna Hendrikx, Jenna Dingeldein and Christine Bestland had two assists apiece.
The two teams meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at MIC.


Mercyhurst 6, Providence 3
Providence 0 2 1 — 3
Mercyhurst 0 3 3 — 6
1st Period — None. Penalties — Chippy (M) body checking, 3:02; Hanrahan (P) holding, 15:18.
2nd Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Molly Byrne 2 (Dingeldein, Bestland), 2:01 (pp). 2. Mercyhurst, Vaila Higson 1 (Luczak, Dingeldein), 2:44 (pp). 3. Providence, Molly Illikainen 2 (Anderson), 16:33. 4. Mercyhurst, Byrne 3 (Bestland, Hendrikx), 19:00 (pp). 5. Providence, Rebecca Morse 1 (Romanchuk), 19:25. Penalties — Anderson (P) interference, :53; Vella (P) interference, 1:17; DeSutter (M) holding, 7:04; DeSutter (M) interference, 10:44; Cohen (P) holding, 17:15; Byrne (M) slashing, 19:44.
3rd Period — 6. Mercyhurst, Emily Janiga 6 (Hendrikx, Byrne), 4:19 (pp). 7. Providence, Allison Micheletti 1 (Groth, Vella), 14:08. 8. Mercyhurst, Christie Cicero 2 (Buquet), 17:02. 9. Mercyhurst, Cicero 3 (Bram), 19:48 (en). Penalties — Morse (P) tripping, 3:36; Dingeldein (M) roughing, 5:02; Cicero (M) cross checking, 14:17.
Shots on goal — Providence, 8-11-8—27; Mercyhurst, 9-14-16—39.
Goaltenders — Providence, Sarah Bryant 1-1-0 (38 shots, 33 saves); Mercyhurst, Amanda Makela 2-0-1 (27 shots, 24 saves).
Power plays — Providence (0-5), Mercyhurst (4-5).
Attendance — 750.

Posted: November 15th, 2010 Division I Women’s Poll
Minneapolis, Minn./November 15, 2010

Team       (First Place)  Record   Pts  Last Week
1 Wisconsin           (15)   9-1-0   150     1
2 Cornell                    6-1-0   130     2
3 Minnesota-Duluth           8-2-0   115     3
4 Mercyhurst 7-2-0   114     4
5 Boston University          8-1-3    90     5
6 Minnesota                  6-5-0    60     7
7 Boston College             7-1-4    56     6
8 North Dakota               6-4-2    34     8
9 Dartmouth                  5-1-0    27    NR
10 Providence                 8-3-1    20    10

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 16, Bemidji State 7,
Quinnipiac 3, Northeastern 2, Harvard 1

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 14 coaches of Division I programs and one women’s hockey writer. provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.

Posted: October 11th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team climbed two spots to take over the No. 1 ranking in this week’s Women’s Division I Poll. The Lakers claimed 129 points and three first-place votes after disposing of non-conference foe Maine, 5-2 and 6-1, last weekend on the road to move to 4-0-0 on the season.
It marks the first time this season the Lakers are ranked No. 1 after occupying the top spot for most of last season.
Cornell remained second with 120 points and seven first-place votes, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin in a tie for third with 117 points apiece. Both teams captured first-place votes with the Gophers taking three and the Badgers with one.
Previous No. 1 Minnesota Duluth dropped four spots to fifth with 111 points and the final first-place nod.
Boston University (66), Boston College (52), North Dakota (45), Harvard (36) and Ohio State (12) and Providence (12) in a tie rounded out spots 6 – 10.
Mercyhurst continues non-conference play this weekend with a two-game series at Bemidji State, beginning on Friday, Oct. 15 at 2:07 p.m.

- From Mercyhurst news release

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Posted: September 27th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team has been ranked third in the first edition of the Division I Women’s Poll, released Monday by officials.

The Lakers earned 115 points after finishing the 2009-10 season with a 30-3-3 record.

Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth was ranked first with 148 points and 14 of the possible 15 first-place votes, followed by Cornell in second with 121 points. Minnesota and Wisconsin occupied the fourth and fifth spots with 98 and 87 points, respectively, with the Golden Gophers claiming the final first-place vote. Boston University (86), Clarkson (51), Harvard (35), Boston College (32) and New Hampshire (18) and Providence (18) in a tie rounded out rankings 6 – 10.

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 14 coaches of Division I programs and three women’s hockey writers. Mercyhurst opens its 2010-11 campaign on Friday against St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: September 21st, 2010

HAVERHILL, Mass. - The College Hockey America coaches have voted who they believe will take the regular0season crown for the 2010-11 season.  Last year’s tournament champion and NCAA Frozen Four Semifinalist, Mercyhurst, which collected 16 points and four first-place votes, is this season’s top choice, as selected by the coaches.

The Lakers prevailed over Syracuse in the CHA Tournament, 3-1, to garner their tenth straight conference crown. Mercyhurst defeated Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament, before falling to Cornell in the national semifinals, 3- 2 in overtime, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Syracuse, last year’s tournament runner-up has been chosen second by the coaches.  The Orange earned the last first-place vote and totaled 13 points.  Following Syracuse is Niagara, which collected 10 points, followed by Robert Morris (7 points) and Wayne State (4 points).

Exhibition contests kick off the start of the CHA season on Saturday as Wilfrid Laurier travels to Erie to face Mercyhurst at 2 p.m, while Wayne State makes the trek to Toronto to face York at 7 p.m.  The regular season will start the following weekend with all five institutions in action in non-conference matches.  Mercyhurst will host St. Cloud State, while Niagara will take on Quinnipiac.

Robert Morris faces Providence, as Wayne State will drop the puck against Bemidji State.  All four of those series will be a two-game series.  Syracuse will play a single game on Oct. 1, as the Orange will host Northeastern.

The 2011 Tournament will take place in Syracuse, N.Y. at Tennity Rink with the first round taking place on March 4.  The semifinals will be the next night on March 5, with the championship game o March 6.

- From CHA news release

2010-11 College Hockey America Preseason Coach’s Poll

(First Place votes)

1.                        Mercyhurst (4)                        16

2.                        Syracuse (1)                        13

3.                        Niagara                        10

4.                        Robert Morris                        7

5.                        Wayne State                        4

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