The Colgate Raiders are headed to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.

No. 3 Colgate defeated No. 9 Northeastern Saturday, March 10, in the NCAA Quarterfinal 3-1 at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton to advance to the national semifinal for the first time in program history.

It was an even match throughout the entire game, but two Colgate goals in the third period propelled them past the Huskies. Olivia Zafuto netted the game-winner just over a minute and a half into the third period. Bailey Larson added an insurance goal on an empty netter with 50 seconds remaining.

The first period started out fast-paced, but both goaltenders made big stops to keep the game scoreless. Julia Vandyk finished the period with 11 saves, including multiple point-blank stops.

Breanne Wilson-Bennett opened the scoring with 10:53 remaining on the clock in the second stanza.

Jessie Eldridge had the puck behind the net and sent it out to Zafuto for a straight-away look. Once Zafuto corralled the puck, Wilson-Bennett planted herself to the right of the goal. The senior forward tapped the puck down from mid-air to set herself up with a point-blank opportunity.

The Huskies answered quickly with goal off the stick of Andrea Renner to even the game at one just 2:17 after Wilson-Bennett's tally. The score remained tied for the rest of the period.

Zafuto's goal came on 3-on-1 breakaway. The Niagara Falls, New York, native carried the puck through center-ice before passing it to Shelby Perry to enter the zone. Perry played it back to the trailing Zafuto, who buried the shot top shelf.

The Raiders maintained the lead for the entirety of the period, forcing Northeastern to empty its net with 1:15 remaining. Just 25 seconds later, Larson launched the puck from the opposing blue line and it found its way to the back of the net.

Vandyk finished the day with 23 saves on 24 shots faced. The Cambridge, Ontario, product improved her season save percentage to .927 and her goals against average to 1.76.

The Raiders will take on No. 2Wisconsin in the first all-time meeting between the two schools at 8 p.m. ET Friday, March 16. The game will be played at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The winner will play the victor of Clarkson-Ohio State for the national title.