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AU Women Struggle in Historic Outdoor Game

The Aurora University Women’s Hockey team struggled on Tuesday night as they were defeated 5-1 by Lake Forest in a historic game for the program. The Aurora University Women’s Hockey team made history as they competed in the program’s very first outdoor game. The game was contested at the Winter Club in Lake Forest, IL, against Lake Forest College. The excitement for the first outdoor game was short lived however, as the Spartans struggled to muster much offense throughout the night. Lake Forest struck first as they quickly scored twice in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Aurora was able to respond in the second period when Sophomore Marissa Dunbar received a pass from Freshman Lexie Martinez to score the program’s first ever outdoor goal. It was all Lake Forest from that point on, however, as they scored three more goals and ended the period leading 5-1. A scoreless third period resulted in a final score of 5-1, in favor of Lake Forest.

While the Spartans didn’t manage to get the victory on Tuesday, according to Sophomore Marissa Dunbar, it was all about the excitement of playing in the first outdoor game, “I think all of us were excited to be able to play in an outdoor game like this, it is an opportunity that you don’t see a lot, especially at the college level. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but we’re seeing progress from the last time we faced Lake Forest, and I think that’s really important for a new program like ours to see,” she stated.

​Aurora is now 1-10-0 on the season and will look to rebound from their defeat on Friday, December 8th, as they take on Trine University. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 P.M. Come out and support your Spartans!


Written by: Logan Zavala