Green Edges Yale to Make ECAC Women’s Tournament
New Haven, Conn. — A season-ending streak of success is sending the Dartmouth College women’s hockey team back to the ECAC tournament for the fifth straight year.
Needing a win to clinch a bid in the eight-team championship, the Big Green edged Yale, 2-1, on Saturday at Ingalls Rink.
Dartmouth (9-18-1 overall, 8-13-1 league) entered the weekend on the outside looking in, but a 3-0 blanking of Brown on Friday night combined with Rensselaer’s loss against Clarkson made the Big Green owners of their own fate on Saturday.
Freshman Devon Moir deflected a shot from the point past Bulldog netminder Jaimie Leonoff just over seven minutes into the second period for what proved to be the game-winner. Moir has now found the back of the net in three of the last four games for Dartmouth.
Olivia Whitford started the play with a pass to Kennedy Ottenbreit, who fired a shot that Moir tipped home. Ottenbreit began the scoring with her seventh goal of the year at the 9:24 mark of the first period, a score Yale equalized through Stephanie Mock before the opening stanza concluded.
Lindsay Holdcroft continued her strong weekend between the pipes for Dartmouth, making 17 saves to her ninth win of the season. In the final two games of the regular season, the Pittsburgh native stopped 43 of the 44 shots she faced.
The Big Green will go into the ECACs as the eighth seed, visiting top-seeded Clarkson for a best-of-three series, starting on Friday. Yale will head to Harvard, Princeton will travel to Cornell and St. Lawrence visits Quinnipiac in the other first-round matchups.
Winners from next weekend’s games will advance to semifinals and finals to be held at the highest remaining seed the weekend of March 8-9.
Dartmouth 53, Penn 50
Hanover — Roland Lakin and Fanni Szabo each scored 12 points and and the Big Green led for all but a short stretch late in regulation to get its first Ivy League win under new coach Belle Koclanes at Leede Arena, damaging the Quakers’ hopes to challenge for the league title in the process.
Dartmouth (4-20, 1-9) saw a game-long lead slip on a layup from Penn’s Katy Allen with 47 seconds to go, giving the Quakers (15-7, 6-2) a 50-49 lead. Instead of folding, the Big Green retook the lead on a Nicola Zimmer layup with 21 seconds left in the game. Lakin added a layup with 3 seconds remaining, allowing the Big Green to end an eight-game losing streak.
Milica Toskovic led Dartmouth on the glass with seven rebounds, as the Big Green owned a 36-32 edge in that department. The Big Green returns to action on Friday at Columbia.
Colby-Sawyer 51 Johnson State 42
Johnson, Vt. — Katie McCarthy and Jessica Shenkel produced matching 11-point efforts as the Chargers (15-9 overall, 14-3 league) edged the Badgers in North Atlantic Conference play at Carter Gymnasium.
The two teams will see each other again in an NAC quarterfinal on Tuesday night in New London.
Dartmouth 3, Yale 3 (ot)
Hanover — Andy Simpson scored with 1:36 to play to give the Big Green a share of the points at Thompson Arena.
Grant Opperman and Tim O’Brien goals staked the Big Green (7-16-4 overall, 6-12-2 league) to a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second period. The defending NCAA champion Bulldogs (14-8-5, 9-7-4) ralled for three straight scores from Jesse Root and Cody Learned in the second and Mike Doherty in the third, setting the stage for Simpson’s tying strike late in regulation.
Goaltender Charles Grant had a big night for the Big Green, making 39 saves. Dartmouth visits Cornell and Colgate next weekend to wrap up the regular season.
Penn 74, Dartmouth 65
Philadelphia — The Big Green couldn’t continue its earlier success against the Quakers, dropping an Ivy League decision at the Palestra.
Penn (7-16 overall, 4-5 league) held a four-point lead at halftime and kept the Big Green (9-15, 2-8) from rallying. The Quakers put five players in double figures, led by Tony Hicks’ 18-point effort.
Sophomore Brandon McDonnell netted a career-high 18 points for Dartmouth, sharing the team rebounding lead as well with junior John Golden with seven. Sophomore Kevin Crescenzi finished with 10 points for the Big Green.
Colby-Sawyer 66 Johnson State 64
Johnson, Vt. — Zach Bean’s 19 points helped the Chargers (14-0 overall, 13-5 league) spoil the Badgers’ senior day festivities in a North Atlantic Conference game.
The Chargers will open NAC Tournament play on Tuesday at home against Maine-Farmington.
Dartmouth 15, UNH 7
Durham, n.h. — Senior Liz Calby scored the quickest goal in program history and reached the 100-point plateau for her career as the Big Green won its season opener over the Wildcats at Bremner Field.
Calby, a senior, needed just 13 seconds after the opening draw to get the Big Green on the board. Her fourth goal and fifth point of the game, in the final two minutes of the contest, brought her to 100 points for her four-year Dartmouth career.
Sarah Byrne also delivered a four-goal game for Dartmouth, while Jaclyn Leto finished with a hat trick and an assist.
The Big Green opens its home schedule on Wednesday afternoon against Connecticut at Scully-Fahey Field.
No. 3 UNC 18, Dartmouth 5
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Third-ranked North Carolina spoiled the Big Green’s season opener, scoring the game’s first five goals to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
Freshman Adam Philie netted Dartmouth’s only goal of an 8-1 UNC-led first half. Sophomore Jibran Ahman had a pair of fourth-quarter strikes for the Big Green, and freshmen Dan Stephan and Christian Guinchard also scored in the second half.
Blair Friedensohn and Jake Landman combined on 13 stops in the Dartmouth net. The Big Green visits Vermont on Tuesday.
Vermont Edges Dartmouth
Hancock, Vt. — The Big Green started the second ay of the EISA Championship just 16 points behind Vermont, but the Catamounts kept up their dominance of the Eastern carnival season by edging Dartmouth for honors at the Middlebury College Carnival.
Lyme’s Patrick Caldwell got Dartmouth off to a big start, winning the men’s 20K freestyle at the Rikert Nordic Center in 43 minutes, 7.8 seconds. Silas Talbot took third and Cameron Woodworth was seventh, but UVM put three skiers in the top six to gain team points on the Big Green. Vermont then swept the podium in the women’s 15K to take control, although Dartmouth put Annie Hart, Corey Stock, Carly Wynn, Emily Hannah and Isabel Caldwell in the next five slots.
At the Middlebury Snow Bowl, the Big Green’s Robert Overing took a team-best seventh for the men and Sara Kikut finished a team-best ninth for the women in slalom competition. Vermont snagged the women’s victory and went 2-3-4 in the men’s race to win the carvinal title.
Dartmouth gets ready now for the NCAA Championship, which the University of Utah will host on March 5-8.
Team scores (top five): Vermont 1,031, Dartmouth 905, Middlebury 664, Colby 641, New Hampshire 633.
Miami — Freshman Karen Chaw hit her first career home run for Dartmouth, which dropped two games at the Florida International tournament on Saturday, falling to FIU, 6-2, and North Florida, 5-0.
Chaw’s blast was all the offense the Big Green would muster over 14 innings. Dartmouth accumulated just eight hits in the two contests.
Dartmouth closes its five-game trip to Florida against North Florida at noon today.