UConn alum Jessica Lutz and Yale freshman Phoebe Staenz each scored a goal to help lead the Switzerland women's ice hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Sweden Thursday in the bronze medal game at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The goal by Lutz at 13:53 of the third period was her second of the tournament and broke a 2-2 tie as Switzerland won its first medal in women's ice hockey. The goal by Staenz on a power play had tied the game 2-2.
The Swiss trailed 2-0 going into the third period before a rally tied the game. Lutz then redirected a pass from Sara Benz past the Swedish goaltender at 13:53 to give Switzerland its first lead of the day. Switzerland tacked on an empty net goal to make it 4-2, before Sweden pulled within one in the final minute to make it 4-3.
Switzerland reached the medal round after defeating Russia in the quarterfinals 2-0. The Swiss lost 3-1 to Canada in the semifinal round in a game that saw Lutz score her first Olympic goal. Overall for the tournament, Lutz had two goals and an assist, tying for the team-highs in goals and points in her six games. .
Lutz played at UConn from 2007-2010, skating in 95 games and compiling a 4-13-17 scoring line. During her three years in Storrs before graduating early, UConn went 62-29-16.
Staenz is the second Yale women's ice hockey player to earn an Olympic medal, joining Helen Resor ('09), who earned a bronze with the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics.
Staenz, whoise named is pronunced Stence, finished the Olympics with a team-high 26 shots on goal. She scored two goals, including one against Finland last Thursday that made her the first Yale women's ice hockey player to score a goal in the Olympics.
"Hopefully, we can just get better from here," said Staenz. "Women's hockey is going to be taken seriously, especially in Europe."
A Reuters report and press releases from UConn and Yale included in this story.