The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team opened the 2014 portion of its schedule with a 4-2 loss at No. 10 Robert Morris on Saturday night. Senior Mel Desrochers and rookie Alex Moore tallied goals for the Saints (6-10-1).
"We played well in waves tonight," said Head Coach Chris Wells. "Robert Morris played solid, won key battles and capitalized on a few chances when they wore us down."
The Colonials (17-3-1) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Rebecca Vint beat Carmen MacDonald just 1:01 into the first period.
Desrochers evened the score with a blast from the point just 31 seconds after Vint was sent off for body checking to give the Saints their third power play of the game. The goal is the seventh of the year for the Welland, Ontario native and her team-leading 19th point. Dayle Wilkinson and Kayla Raniwsky picked up assists on the power-play tally.
Robert Morris regained the lead with 3:25 to play in the middle frame when Kristen Richards deked to Saints defenders and beat MacDonald with on the backhand. With just 12 seconds left in the second, Anneline Lauziere beat the Saints' netminder on the power play to put the Colonials up 3-1 heading into the third.
Robert Morris increased its lead to three goals when Kylie St. Louis netted an empty-net, short-handed tally at the 13:52 mark of the third period.
After RMU's Brandi Pollock was sent to the box for roughing at 13:47, joining teammate Maeve Garvey who was nearing the end of her two-minute minor, the Saints pulled Carmen MacDonald for a 6-on-3 advantage. Thea Imbrogno won the ensuing faceoff for Robert Morris and got the puck to St. Louis who found the empty net and gave the Colonial a 4-1 lead.
Less than two-minutes later, Moore netted her sixth of the season on another Saints power play from Rylee Smith and Abbey McRae to make it 4-2 in favor of the home team and close out the scoring. The Saints finished 2-7 with the man-advantage.
"We will continue to work on areas and find our groove," Wells said. "We had a spirited end of the game and will try to carry that over to tomorrow."
MacDonald finished with 30 saves and Saints skaters blocked 18 shots.
The Saints will look to rebound and snap the Colonials' current 10-game win-streak on Sunday afternoon. The puck drops for the rematch at 3 p.m.