Cornell Big Red
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Institution: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, New York
School founded: 1865
Enrollment: 24,027
Colors: Carnelian and white
Home Arena: Lynah Rink
Capacity: 4,267
Dimensions: 200' x 85'
Women's Team
Conference: ECAC Hockey
Coach: Doug Derraugh
Conf. Championships: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020

The Cornell Big Red women's ice hockey program represents Cornell University and participates in ECAC Hockey.


History[edit | edit source]

The Cornell women's hockey program was started in 1971. It would only be in 1972 that the team would play its first game. It was a 4-3 victory over Scarborough. In 1972, they would play eight games and lose four. In addition, the Big Red would lose twice to the Brown Bears women's ice hockey program.[1]

In 1976, Brown would host the first ever Ivy League women's ice hockey tournament. Cornell would best Brown, Princeton and Yale to win the tournament.

Megan Shull would join the Big Red in 1987. She would have to stop playing the next season that was attributed to an injury. She would go on to become a children's author, and one of her first stories was "Yours Truly, Skye O'Shea." O'Shea is a hockey-playing sixth grader that grew up in Ithaca, New York. [2] Shull was one of the founders of the Cub Club at Cornell University. It gives young female hockey players the opportunity to shadow Cornell women's ice hockey players. [3]

On March 7, 2010, sophomore Kendice Ogilvie beat Clarkson goaltender Lauren Dahm at 7:52 mark in overtime. With the victory, Cornell won its first ECAC Tournament, and earns its first trip to the NCAA Frozen Four.[4]

(Left to right): Liz Zorn, Laura Danforth, Melanie Jue and Kelly McGinty celebrate the program's first-ever ECAC Hockey tournament title in 2010.

On March 13, 2010, Cornell defeated the Harvard Crimson women's ice hockey program by a score of 6-2[5] to earn its first ever trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. At the 2010 Frozen Four championship game, Cornell goaltender Amanda Mazzotta set a record for most saves in an NCAA Championship game with 61 saves. The former record holder was Bulldog goaltender Patricia Sautter. She had the old record of 41 set in 2003.[6]

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]


Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Conference Overall Record
1972-73 8 4 4 0
1973-74 10 6 4 0
1974-75 14 12 2 0
1975-76 19 14 5 0
1976-77 24 17 6 1
1977-78 19 17 2 0
1978-79 19 13 5 1
1979-80 23 17 6 0
1980-81 20 12 6 2
1981-82 22 9 13 0
1982-83 23 9 13 1
1983-84 24 5 19 0
1984-85 Did not qualify 22 10 11 1
1985-86 Did not qualify 24 11 9 4
1986-87 Did not qualify 23 7 14 2
1987-88 Did not qualify 22 11 11 0
1988-89 22 13 7 2 28 5th Did not qualify 23 14 7 2
1989-90 18 14 4 0 28 5th Did not qualify 18 14 4 0
1990-91 14 6 8 0 12 6th Did not qualify 18 9 8 1
1991-92 15 4 10 1 9 8th Did not qualify 19 6 11 2
1992-93 16 4 11 1 9 10th Did not qualify 17 4 12 1
1993-94 11 1 10 0 2 11th Did not qualify 18 2 16 0
1994-95 14 5 9 0 10 T-10th Did not qualify 22 7 15 0
1995-96 16 9 5 2 61 45 20 5th L, QF 5-2 (Providence) 25 16 7 2
1996-97 22 11 10 1 23 7th L,QF 3-1 (Providence) 29 13 15 1
1997-98 22 14 5 3 31 5th L, QF 1-0 (Brown) 26 15 8 3
1998-99 26 14 12 0 28 8th L, 3-2 (Harvard) 31 15 16 0
1999-00 24 9 14 1 60 82 19 10th Did not qualify 28 13 14 1 77 88
2000-01 24 7 16 1 57 89 15 11th Did not qualify 29 10 18 1 75 106
2001-02 16 7 8 1 40 42 15 6th North L, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) 28 9 18 1 56 72
2002-03 16 2 12 2 19 87 6 8th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 27 4 21 2 29 131
2003-04 18 3 15 0 23 70 6 8th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 30 7 21 2 61 104
2004-05 20 3 16 1 41 78 7 9th Did not qualify 28 3 22 3 53 107
2005-06 20 5 15 0 39 65 10 T-9th Did not qualify 28 9 18 1 65 89
2006-07 22 4 17 1 28 84 9 11th Did not qualify 29 4 23 2 41 107
2007-08 22 9 9 4 53 51 22 6th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 30 12 17 1 81 102
2008-09 22 8 9 5 65 57 21 8th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 31 12 14 5 92 79
2009-10 22 14 2 6 67 26 34 1st W, QF 2 games to none (Colgate) W, SF 5-4 (RPI) W, F 4-3 (ot) (Clarkson) 36 21 9 6 103 63
2010-11 22 20 1 1 99 20 41 1st W, QF 2 games to none (RPI) W, SF 4-3 (Quinnipiac) W, F 3-0 (Dartmouth) 35 31 3 1 157 39
2011-12 22 20 2 0 99 28 40 1st W, SF 2 games to none (Brown) W, SF 5-1 (Quinnipiac) L, F 3-1 (St. Lawrence) 35 30 5 0 161 61
2012-13 22 18 3 1 84 27 37 1st W, QF 2 games to none (Colgate) W, SF 4-2 (St. Lawrence) W, F  2-1 (Harvard) 34 27 6 1 131 55
2013-14 22 15 4 3 77 45 33 3rd W, QF 2 games to none (Princeton) W, SF 6-4 (Harvard) W, F 1-0 (Clarkson) 34 24 6 4 121 73
2014-15 22 14 6 2 77 46 30 T-4th W, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) W, SF 3-1 (Clarkson) L, F  7-3 (Harvard) 33 19 11 3 108 83
2015-16 22 9 9 4 49 58 22 7th L, QF 2 games to none (Clarkson) 31 13 14 4 72 87
2016-17 22 13 4 5 56 36 31 3rd W, QF 2 games to none (Colgate) W, SF 3-1 (St Lawrence) L, F 1-0 (Clarkson) 34 20 9 5 82 57
2017-18 22 15 5 2 66 42 32 3rd W, QF 2 games to 1 (Princeton) L, SF 5-4 (Colgate) 33 21 9 3 100 65
2018-19 22 17 3 2 75 32 36 1st W, QF 2 games to 1 (RPI) W, SF 3-2 (2ot) (Princeton) L, F 4-1 (Clarkson) 36 24 6 6 114 61
2019-20 22 19 0 3 84 16 41 1st W, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) W, SF 4-0 (Harvard) L, F 3-2 (ot) (Princeton) 33 28 2 3 127 31
2020-21 Season cancelled November 20, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic[7]

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NCAA Tournament Appearances[edit | edit source]

NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Championship
Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
2010 W, 6-2 (Harvard) W, 3-2 (ot) (Mercyhurst) L, 3-2 (3ot) (Minnesota-Duluth)
2011 W, 7-1 (Dartmouth) L, 4-1 (Boston College) --
2012 W, 8-7 (3ot) Boston University L, 3-1 (Minnesota) --
2013 L, 4-3 (ot) (Mercyhurst) -- --
2014 L, 3-2 (Mercyhurst) -- --
2017 L, 3-1 (Clarkson) -- --
NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament
2019 W, 3-2 (ot) (Northeastern) L, 2-0 (Minnesota) --
2020 Tournament cancelled prior first round by NCAA due to COVID-19 pandemic


Series records[edit | edit source]

School Lead
Harvard Crimson Harvard leads, 45-17-2
Dartmouth Big Green Dartmouth leads, 39-20-5

Notable players[edit | edit source]

  • Rebecca Johnston
  • Digit Murphy
  • Johnston was the first Big Red player to be named first-team ECAC Hockey and receive rookie of the year honors. In addition, she has also been named first-team All-Ivy and Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

In the 2008-09 season, Johnston’s 37 point total (by mid-February) were the most points in a season for Cornell since the 1991-92 campaign (Kim Ratushny with 21 goals and 17 assists). [9] Johnston’s 37 point total in mid-February led the entire ECAC league in overall points. She was also second in the league and sixth in the NCAA in points per game with 1.85. In the 2008-09 season, Johnston’s 37 point total were the most points in a season for Cornell since the 1991-92 campaign (Kim Ratushny with 21 goals and 17 assists). [10]

  • During the 08-09 season, freshman Catherine White was second on the team in scoring (34 points). White has recorded the most points by a rookie since Dana Antal (36 points, 17 goals, 19 assists) in the 1995-96 season.
  • Cyndy Schlaepfer holds the school record for points in a season with 89 during the 1976-77 season.

Olympians[edit | edit source]

  • Dana Antal, 2002 Olympics
  • Rebecca Johnston, 2010 Olympics
  • Former head coach Melody Davidson was head coach of Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey teams in 2006 and 2010.

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Dianna Bell, 2002 Sarah Devens Award[11]
  • Brooke Bestwick, Defense, 2002 ECAC North Second Team
  • Laura Fortino, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America First Team[12]
  • Laura Fortino, Defense, Freshman, 2010 First Team All-Ivy
  • Rebecca Johnston, Ivy League Rookie of the Year 2007-08, Cornell (Freshman) , Unanimous selection
  • Rebecca Johnston, First Team All-Ivy League, 2007-08, Forward, Cornell (Freshman)[13]
  • Rebecca Johnston, 2009 First Team All-ECAC [14]
  • Chelsea Karpenko, Forward, Sophomore, 2010 Second Team All-Ivy
  • Amanda Mazzotta, ECAC Defensive Player of the Week (Week of November 2, 2009)[15]
  • Amanda Mazzotta, Goaltender, Sophomore, 2010 First Team All-Ivy
  • Kendice Ogilvie, 2010 ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Lauriane Rougeau, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Second Team
  • Lauriane Rougeau, Defense, Freshman, 2010 First Team All-Ivy
  • Lauriane Rougeau, 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
  • Catherine White, 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year [16]
  • Catherine White Cornell, 2009 Second Team All-ECAC
  • Catherine White Cornell, 2009 ECAC All-Rookie Team[17]
  • Catherine White, 2010 ECAC Player of the Year award
  • Catherine White, led the ECAC in assists in 2009-10 with 24[18]
  • Catherine White, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Second Team [19]
  • Catherine White, Forward, Sophomore, 2010 First Team All-Ivy
  • Catherine White, 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year[20]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ivy Women’s Hockey. Ivy Women in Sports: profiles of women from the Ivy League’s history (February 22, 2007). Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  2. Stephen Eschenbach (November 7, 2006). Megan Shull. Ivy @ 50. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  3. Megan Shull, Inspiring Young Girls with Her Writing. Girls Explore. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  4. http://www.cornellbigred.com/news/2010/3/7/WICE_0307100425.aspx
  5. http://www.cornellbigred.com/news/2010/3/13/WICE_0313103301.aspx
  6. http://www.umdbulldogs.com/teams-womens-hockey.php?id=4999&page=news
  7. https://www.uscho.com/2020/11/12/ivy-league-which-includes-mens-womens-ecac-hockey-teams-cancels-winter-sports/
  8. http://www.uscho.com/stats/teamYxY.php/cornell-big-red/womens-college-hockey/team,cor/gender,w.html
  9. http://cornellbigred.com/news/2009/2/13/WICE_0213095451.aspx
  10. http://cornellbigred.com/news/2009/2/13/WICE_0213095451.aspx
  11. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2002/march/031402.html
  12. http://cornellbigred.com/news/2010/3/18/WICE_0318100758.aspx
  13. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=6431
  14. Nicole Stock and Paige Pyett Named All-ECAC Hockey. Brown Athletics (March 3, 2009). Retrieved on 27 April 2010.
  15. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2009-10/Weekly_Awards/Women-s_Wkly_Award_Winners_11_02.pdf
  16. Nicole Stock and Paige Pyett Named All-ECAC Hockey. Brown Athletics (March 3, 2009). Retrieved on 27 April 2010.
  17. http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/030309aad.html
  18. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2009-10/Weekly_Awards/20100603_W_Player_of_Yr_Winner
  19. http://cornellbigred.com/news/2010/3/18/WICE_0318100758.aspx
  20. Freshman Katie Jamieson Receives All-Ivy Accolades (February 25, 2010). Retrieved on 6 April 2010.

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