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Raiders reflect on historic season

This season for the Colgate women's hockey team was one for the record books. The Raiders recorded several program firsts this season, most noticeably reaching the Frozen four and playing in the National Championship game.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 10:27 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 11:37 PM

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- "The weekend was a great experience that our players will never forget," said Raiders head coach Greg Fargo.

This season was full of accomplishments: a program-best in wins (34) and earning the most home wins (20) in Division I men's or women's college hockey.

Plus a postseason to remember, all program firsts. Colgate won the ECAC regular season title, advancing to the Frozen Four and playing in the National Championship game.

"It's amazing, it was an incredible season and so many high points, so many great memories," said Raiders captain and New Hartford native, Annika Zalewski.

In Sunday's title game, the Raiders suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Clarkson in overtime.

"Even today, I think it's really hard to sum up how we're all feeling," said Fargo. "There's disappointment in the outcome, yet a tremendous amount of pride for everything that we were able to accomplish."

"I mean it stings a lot to get that close and we've been devastated, but as time goes on we can reflect on the positives and just embrace all the good times and all the great memories," added Zalewski.

The community has been there every step of the way.

"The outpouring of support, whether its emails, texts or tweets from everybody around here, it meant the world to us," said Fargo. "And it really felt like we having an impact on some of the lives here in the community."

This senior group will definitely leave their mark here at Colgate. When they arrived on campus as freshman they notched just seven wins. Fast forward to this year and they'll leave with a program high 34 victories and national runner-up.

"It's beginning to sink in, this week has been crazy," said Zalewski as she gets ready to graduate this spring. "A lot of emotions, a lot of ups and downs."

"Without a doubt these seven seniors have left a legacy behind that is unmatched."

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