Junior Works Magic for Big Green Hockey Again

— Junior Eric Robinson snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:45 left in the third period to lift the Dartmouth men’s hockey team to a 2-1 win over Brown last night in ECAC action at Thompson Arena.

The goal was the third game-winner this season for the alternate captain, who has five goals total. The Foxborough, Mass., native is doing it for a Big Green team that improved to 3-0-1 overall, its best start since 2003. The Bears dropped to 1-3-0 (0-2-0) after opening the season with a win against Princeton in last week’s Ivy Shootout.

Robinson’s finishing of a centering pass from sophomore Brandon McNally pushed the Big Green’s record against Brown to 10-0-1 over their last 11 meetings.

The Bears jumped on the board first as Massimo Lamacchia found space under the bar and beat Dartmouth goalie Cab Morris for a shot-handed goal.

That was the only blemish on the night for Morris, who finished the night with 24 saves.

Dartmouth sophomore Eric Neiley’s first goal of the season late in the second period tied the game. Sophomore Tyler Sikura picked up an assist and has a team-leading seven points and four helpers thus far. Senior captain Mike Keenan was also credited with an assist, his first point of 2012-13.

Women’s Hockey: Dartmouth 1, Brown 0

— Sophomore goalie Katie Milligan made 19 saves, 11 in the third period, on her way to earning her first career shutout as Dartmouth (3-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) defeated Brown (1-3-0, 3-1-0).

Camille Dumais scored Dartmouth’s goal midway through the second period.

With the Big Green on a power play, she beat Brown goaltender Aubree Moore with a rebound shot at the 15:01 mark. Senior defenseman Sasha Nanji was credited with the assist.

Dumais’ game-winner was her third goal of the season and Dartmouth’s fourth power play tally on the year.

With less than 20 seconds on the clock, Milligan made a crucial save on Alena Polenska’s shot from the point, and the Big Green defense blocked away Vanessa Welten’s rebound chance. As time wound down, Brown’s Sarah Robson got off a point-blank shot, but once again Milligan was there to make an impressive save and end the game.

Men’s Soccer: Cornell 2 Dartmouth 1 (2 OT)

— Tyler Regan scored in the 103rd minute as Cornell (14-1, 5-1 league) defeated Dartmouth (8-7, 4-2) in a showdown of Ivy League contenders.

The win gives Cornell sole possession of second place in the Ivy standings with one week left in the regular season.

Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on a Colin Heffron goal off of Kevin Dzierzawski’s free kick. The Big Red knotted the game on Stephen Reistert’s goal less than two minutes later.

Cornell held advantages in shots (28-14) and corners (10-5). Dartmouth keeper Noah Cohen made seven saves, and Cornell counterpart Rick Pflasterer made seven.

The Big Green defense held the nation’s leading scorer, Daniel Haber, without a goal despite six shots on goal.

Dartmouth closes the regular season on Friday against Brown at 7 p.m.

The game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel as its “Game of the Week.”

Women’s Soccer: Dartmouth 3, Cornell 0

— A Chrissy Lozier goal 1:06 into the second half sparked Dartmouth (13-4-0, 6-1-0 Ivy League) over Cornell (1-14-1, 0-6-1) in the final game of the regular season.

The win was Dartmouth’s seventh straight and gave the Big Green its most wins since the 2000 season (14).

After a scoreless first half, Dartmouth wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Lozier connected with a pass from classmate Marina Moschitto to give the Big Green the lead.

Later in the half, Dartmouth’s Tasha Wilkins picked up her third goal in her last two games. Moschitto added a goal of her own in the 84th minute.

Dartmouth keeper Tatiana Saunders picked up her seventh shutout and made three saves.

Dartmouth will find out its postseason fate tomorrow. The NCAA Selection Show airs on NCAA.com beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Field Hockey: Dartmouth 2, Cornell 1

— Senior Samantha McPherson scored two goals, including the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining and the game tied to lift the Big Green past Cornell in its regular-season finale.

Dartmouth (11-6, 6-1 Ivy League) finished with its most wins since 2002 and second in the Ivy standings, its best finish since 2005.

A redirect of an Ali Savage shot in the final minute beat Cornell goalkeeper Carolyn Horner to give the Big Green the winning margin.