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Holdcroft Saves Big Green Again

Ithaca, n.y. — Junior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft made 34 saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season as the Dartmouth women’s hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie with No. 4 Cornell in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action at Lynah Rink.

The Big Green pick up another important point in conference play, improving 15-7-5 overall and 10-6-4 in league contests. The Big Red are 21-5-1 and 16-3-1.

Heading into the final weekend on the regular season, head coach Mark Hudak’s squad is in sixth place, three points behind fourth-place St. Lawrence in the race to host an opening round game in the ECAC tournament. Yesterday’s draw was the third straight overtime game between the two Ivy League rivals.

Freshman Laura Stacey fired a team-high five shots for the Big Green. Sasha Nanji and Reagan Fischer each added four shots, but none got by Cornell netminder Lauren Slebodnick (23 saves), who earned her 14th career shutout.

Men’s Hockey

Dartmouth 5, Colgate 4

Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore Eric Neiley scored his second goal of the night with 5:19 left in the third period to lift the No. 17 Big Green over Colgate.

Jesse Beamish also scored twice for Dartmouth (12-9-4; 8-7-3 ECAC), while Dustin Walsh had a goal and two assists.

Ryan Bullock, Nick Bligh, Tyler Sikura, Geoff Ferguson and Andy Simpson all had one assist for Dartmouth, while Big Green goalie Charles Grant made 29 stops.

Women’s Basketball

Penn 63, Dartmouth 40

Philadelphia — Pennsylvania’s Keira dropped in a game-high 19 points as the Big Green fell to 6-15 (4-3 in the Ivy league).

Dartmouth’s Abbey Schmitt had 12 pointswhile fellow sophomore Kamala Thompson pulled down six rebounds.

Penn (12-9, 5-2 Ivy League) won despite shooting just 36.5 percent (19-of-52). Dartmouth held a 32-29 edge in rebounds.

Castleton St. 70, Colby-Sawyer 46

Castleton, Vt. — The host Spartans (24-1 overall, 17-1 league) jumped to an 18-4 lead and never looked back in a North Atlantic Conference win over the Chargers (20-5, 17-1).

The victory gave Castleton the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker.

Taylor DeSanty finished with 12 points to lead the Chargers.

Men’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 78, Castleton st. 73

Castleton, Vt. — The Chargers (13-12 overall, 13-5 league) held off a late challenge to stop the Spartans (14-11, 12-6) in an NAC contest.

Wol Majong contribted 16 points to Colby-Sawyer’s cause, gathering 10 rebounds of his own, and Zach Bean came off the bench to pour in 10 points for the Chargers.


Dartmouth Takes Second Again

Middlebury, Vt. — Freshman Mary O’Connell won the women’s 15-kilometer freestyle at the Rikert Nordic Center on the final day of the Middlebury Carnival, leading Dartmouth to a second-place finish behind Vermont in the overall standings. The Catamounts turned an 11-point lead after the first day into a solid win with 933 points to Dartmouth’s 859 and host Middlebury’s 766.

O’Connell was among the top two skiers at each of the four checkpoints, with no more than four seconds separating her from the other leaders. Up by 1.5 seconds on Vermont’s Anja Gruber at the final checkpoint, O’Connell pulled away to win the event by more than 17 seconds in 39 minutes, 35.0 seconds. Annie Hart was fourth and Carly Wynn ninth for the Big Green.

Dartmouth’s men claimed two of the three podium spots in their cross-country race, but UVM held on for the team win. Senior Sam Tarling took second place (46:09.2) and Scott Lacy claimed third (46:16.9) for Dartmouth.

Over at Middlebury Snow Bowl, the Big Green women took second place in their giant slalom, but the Dartmouth men sank to fifth in theirs. Abby Fucigna had the big day for the Big Green women, finishing in fifth with freshman teammate Sara Kikut taking 10th. Ian Macomber was 14th to lead the Dartmouth men.

The alpine teams get no rest before hitting the slopes again today at the Dartmouth Skiway to complete the Dartmouth Winter Carnival with the running of the slalom.

Men’s Tennis

Geo. Washington 4, Dartmouth 3

Ithaca, n.y. — The sixth-seeded Big Green lost to seventh-seeded George Washington in the second round of the ECAC Championship yesterday morning at Cornell’s Reis Tennis Center.

The Colonials took an early with two wins in the doubles, with Brandon DeBot and Xander Centenari winning at No. 1 for Dartmouth, 8-2. The teams split the six singles matches; Erik Nordahl won at No. 3 for the second straight day for Dartmouth, which also received singles wins from DeBot and Sam Todd.

Women’s Squash

Dartmouth in Kurtz Final

New Haven, Conn. — The Big Green blanked Columbia, 9-0, to reach the finals of the Kurtz Cup tournament at Yale yesterday.

The Big Green (8-8) shut out their opponent for the second straight day. Melina Turk, Nina Scott, Sarah Loucks, Lydie McKenzie and Helenda Darling all won their matches without dropping a game.

Dartmouth returns to the courts today, taking on the winner of Middlebury and Bates in the finals. The Big Green defeated Bates, 9-0, earlier this season.