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Gate WHOC: Following the Program 3 yr. turnaround
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:59 pm  Reply with quote
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If you liked the turnaround in Gate football from the 0-3 start in 2015, you'll love the turnaround continuing in the Gate woman's hockey program started in fall 2015 and continuing into 2016. This could be one of the most dramatic turnarounds in a Gate athletics program in quite a while. Kudos to Greg Fargo & Co.. Just in time for the Class of '65 Arena.


Top 10 NCAA womenís hockey freshmen at midseason
5. Bailey Larson, F, Colgate

The Colgate Raiders are terrifying. Itís not their record, 10-3-5, which is impressive on its own. Itís that their top nine leading scorers are all freshmen or sophomores.

Leading the way is Larson with seven goals and 11 assists. Fellow freshman forwards Shae Labbe and Jesse Eldridge (both with eight goals and five assists) also bear mentioning on the young and talented Raiders.

See article:
http://alongtheboards.com/2015/12...ens-hockey-freshmen-at-midseason/


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:12 pm Reply with quote
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Can the Raiders sustain their #10 National Ranking ?

FIVE GAMES IN NINE DAYS STARTING FRIDAY 1/8

With ECAC games in hand #10 WHOC takes on Dartmouth and Harvard on the road this weekend, 1/8 & 1/9.

After a 30 day break Gate tied Cuse on the road on 1/4 looking a little rusty, and perhaps looking ahead to this weekend. Gate is now 10-3-6 on the year. Standing at 5th with 8 points in the ECAC, the Raiders have two games in hand against both Dartmouth ( ECAC 4th with 10 points ) and Harvard ( ECAC 3rd with 11 points ).

Coming out of the weekend with ties or 2 points, with games at hand against everyone in the ECAC except Cornell, will be enough to keep their MO going.
More than than 2 points will probably bump them up a notch in the National Polls. The Raiders will start a 5 game homestead on Jan 12th against the Big Red in Hammytown followed by Brown & Yale on that weekend. 3 games in one week.

We'll soon find out just how good this very young team really is!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:28 pm Reply with quote
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Have been a WIH supporter since its club status and am ecstatic for the program's success.  With all that Colgate has going for it, it should have happened sooner.  Thought Colgate and Union would be league doormats for eternity, while Clarkson and Cornell, who began around the same time if not later, blew us out of the water.  Just seemed Colgate could never get over the hump.  Have always felt Colgate is stuck between a rock and a hard place in the ECAC (men and women).  Colgate is not an Ivy and it is not Clarkson, SLU, RPI or Union...schools with faux DIII programs yet promote DI hockey which gets all of their money, support and attention.  Not sure about SLU, but the other three have won national titles in hockey for men or women!

I am still cautious about this season.  Yesterday's tie v. Syracuse was the result of yet ANOTHER late game goal.  Six ties is ambiguous, if not ominous.  Our win v. #5 Clarkson in OT gave us notice (we gave up late 2nd and 3rd per. goals) and scoring first has been positive, if not crucial.  Otherwise, we cannot hold a lead.  We should have beaten Cornell on 11/17 but settled for a very disappointing tie IMO.

Impressive season but still a lot of growing to do.  Recruiting seems to be the biggest improvement with fantastic, young contributions.  This is Fargo's 4th season already.  He came from a (albeit successful) D-III school and I had serious doubts.  I guess it is typical for coaches to need 4-5 years to turn around a program...and I doubt Wisconsin or Minnesota would hire a DIII coach to head their storied programs.

Here's to a great finish!

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Many good points go gate....they have had consistently good starts-scoring first...and just as consistently haven't been able to step on opponents throats to keep them from coming back. Clearly a pattern that Fargo and the team knows it has to change. †Convert the 1 pointer Ties to 2 pointer Wins and prevent coming away with 0 points in games where they're in control for a good part of the game. That's the obvious risk in preventing this from becoming a storybook season, ...with games in hand and the backdrop of the new facility right around the corner.

Despite this season's outcome, it's unequivocal that Fargo, among all of Gate's new coaches has to be given credit for really hiting recruiting homeruns in the freshman and sophomore classes. And the F's & S's represent 75% of this team. There are only 3 seniors.

That said, it will be interesting to observe Fargo's ability to mold this talent and this season's foundation into a new character for the Program ? It's an opportunity that doesn't happen often. We might be jaded by Hunt putting a new stamp on the FB Program after an 0-3 start. The impact can radiate on other Gate Programs!

( btw, I think M's and W's ECAC hockey, despite the unusual Ivy/DI/DIII hodgepodge within the league, is the perfect spot for us in Hockey. )

As I stated above, this weekend on the road will be a big test at Dartmouth and especially Harvard. And 5 games in 9 days starting on Friday will test the stamina and focus of this young team.
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#10 Colgate 2 #9 Harvard 6

Am very happy for the team this season, but this game separated the women from the girls.  The only quality win this season has been against #5 Clarkson in OT and the 6 ties are not so much a strength as they are a weakness.  We had a chance to prove ourselves against the Crimson and fell convincingly short.  We outshot the Crimson and only took 2 penalties, which is great.  Rando is the go-to goalie and has had some good wins, but I am more impressed with Vandyk in goal and think she plays better against tougher competition.

Though I think we were overrated, there's no denying the program is making strides this season and is heading in a great direction.  With such a young roster, it can only get better over the next several seasons...and in a new rink to boot.  Who knows, maybe the women's team will actually get some loyal followers into the stands.  Harvard had 802 at Bright to watch them play the Raiders!  Hopefully some were Colgate fans Smile

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There are 5 games in Hammy starting tomorrow ( Cornell 1/12 ),and continuing Fri ( Brown 1/15 ), †Sat ( Yale 1/16 ), following Friday ( St. Lawrence 1/22 ) and finally Saturday ( Clarkson 1/23 ).

With ECAC rankings of 1. Qp, 2. P, 3. H. 4.Cl 5. gate and 6. St. L, the Gate hat to win the ones that they should: Cornell, Brown and Yale. They can afford to lose one or get ties from Clark and St.L. With games in hand against everyone except the Big Red,, 6 to 8 points will keep them in the chase for a top four tournament home game. Clarkson will be out for blood! But, 6 to 8 points can keep their eyes on the prize !THAT WOULD BE A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THIS YOUNG TEAM-JUST TO STAY IN THE RACE FOR THE TOURNEY HOME GAME THROUGH THE SEASON"S FINALE.

Less than 6 points will show that it will be tough to keep pace with the other ECAC teams in USCHO's top 10: Q, Cl. H. and P.

Gate hockey fans who don't add WHOC to their repertoire this season have their heads in the sand.
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Thanks for the update Archivist. With the men's team having such a slim home slate of games this season, the women's team can provide a good fix for hockey fans. Should be some good competitive games in the upcoming weeks.
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WHOC beats Cornell 4-3; shares 4th place with Clarkson; has home ice in Tourney a/o today; 1st win over Big Red since 2008-9

Four home games to go this weekend and next.

Keep in perspective what the W-L has been for WHOC over the past few years.
This is shaping up as the best season since 2008-9. Remaining cautious..... But, you have to give a lot of credit to Fargo, in his 4th year. He didn't inherit many good players when he took over. The Fr & Sophs, the life of this team, are all his recruits!

Why there aren't more hockey fans switching over from the men's moribund season escapes me ??? These women are aggressive, athletic and very skilled!
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Great win against Yale today. That's the gritty kind of win we would not have been able to pull off in past year's.
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Third place ( Home Ice ) Gate WHOC set up for Showdown in Hammy 1/23-4                  

Gate grabbed 6 pts at home in three home games this week.
Clarkson and St. Lawrence come to Hammy next weekend looking for blood!


                                     Points      ECAC        Overall

3rd place      Clarkson 16     7-3-2     19-3- 2
3rd place         Colgate 16     6-2-4     14-4- 6
6th place         St. Law.      12     6-5-0     12-10-1

Why more hockey fans aren't following this team continues to boggle the mind.
On track for best season in 6 years! Great turnaround. Team brimming with Fr and Soph talent ![/b]

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