(Amherst, N.Y.)- Freshman forward Grace Lyon (Winthrop, N.Y.) fired in five goals powering the SUNY Canton women’s ice hockey team to their first ever win with a 7-4 victory over the University at Buffalo at the Northtown Center at Amherst.
The Roos (1-7) are in their first year as an intercollegiate program competing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and have been steadily improving throughout the season and all of their hard work paid dividends on Saturday with a dominating win over the Bulls in Western New York.
“It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling to see all of the hard work these girls have put in finally pay off,” said first-year head coach Melissa Lomanto, who also earned her first win with SUNY Canton. “I am so proud of their effort tonight and throughout the season and it’s very special for all of us to get the first win in school history and the whole team should hold their heads high tonight.”
SUNY Canton raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first period and then tallied one goal in the second period and two more in the final period for the three-goal victory.
Lyon took over the the team scoring lead after Saturday’s five-point outburst. The St. Lawrence Central graduate now has a team-leading six goals and one assist for seven points.
Freshmen Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario), who was a Libero on the SUNY Canton women’s volleyball team that finished fourth at the USCAA national championship, and Karley Cree (Hogansburg, N.Y.), a member of the SUNY Canton women’s soccer team, each scored their first collegiate goals in Saturday’s win.
Freshman goalie Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.), who has logged the most minutes in goal this season for the Roos and averages nearly 40 saves a game, played all 60 minutes on Saturday to earn her first collegiate win.
SUNY Canton and Buffalo face off again on Sunday starting at 12 noon.