Women's hockey kicks off a weekend of awareness events for Cornell Athletics

January 29, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Wear purple, instead of the usual red, to Friday afternoon's Big Red women's hockey game against Union, as Cornell kicks off a weekend of awareness events. It's the annual "Do it for Daron" game to support mental health awareness. On Saturday, fans can sign up for the bone marrow donor registry in case they might be a match for a patient who needs treatment.

Cornell's Morgan Richardson.Cornell's Morgan Richardson.The Do it for Daron organization was founded in 2011 after the untimely death of Daron Richardson, a youth hockey player, at the age of 14. Her older sister, Morgan, is a junior on Cornell's team and previously played on Canada's Under-18 team. Their father, Luke, is the head coach of the AHL Binghamton Senators.

The B-Sens are hosting their own Do It For Daron event next month, partnering with Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) for Power to the Purple Night on Friday, February 20, when the Senators host the Hershey Bears at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Friday afternoon's game is against the Skating Dutchwomen, who haven't posted a win since December 12th. Union comes to Lynah with a 4-18-4 record, and hasn't beaten the Big Red since their sole win of the series, in 2003, in Schenectady. Cornell is 10-7-3 on the year to date, 8-3-2 in conference play, and returns home after a four-game road stretch. Last weekend's split, a win at Dartmouth followed by a loss at Harvard, marked the end of an eleven-game unbeaten streak for Cornell.

The women host the RPI Engineers on Saturday at 3, as well, in a Big Red vs. Cancer matchup. The Engineers are struggling, as well, with a 5-17-4 season record to date and a winless record on the road. The game, which will be a fundraiser for breast cancer research, is just one of multiple events supporting the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and the Be the Match organization.

A Be the Match marrow donor registration drive will take place from 3-9pm in the concourse of Bartels Hall, so fans attending the women's hockey game, men's basketball game, or men's hockey game can take a few minutes to register. Blood cancer patients can often be treated with bone marrow transplants, but it's not easy to find a matching donor. Expanding the registered donor pool helps enormously.

Big Red men's basketball takes on Yale at 6pm Saturday next door at Newman Arena. They go into their first home Ivy League weekend 9-9, 1-1 so far in Ivy play, and face Brown on Friday at 7. That .500 start is a stark improvement from last season, when the Red went 2-26 on the year.

Men's hockey has their annual home-and-home weekend vs. CNY rival Colgate, with a game in Hamilton on Friday night before returning home for a 7pm Saturday game at Lynah. (Free video of the Friday game is available at GoColgateRaiders.com.) Cornell is 8-9-1 on the season, 6-6 in ECAC play, after three split weekends in a row. Last weekend at Lynah saw a dramatic upset win over fourth-ranked Harvard, followed by a frustrating loss to Dartmouth.

In addition to continuing the cancer fundraising series, Saturday's men's hockey game has been dubbed the Courage Classic, with honorary coaches assigned to each team from Camp Good Days. The camp, on the shore of Keuka Lake, provides seasonal residential camping programs, and year-round recreational and support services, for children with cancer and their family members.

Attendees at Saturday's games are encouraged to wear pink or orange.

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