Big Green Drops Playoff Opener To Harvard
Cambridge, Mass. — The Dartmouth women’s hockey team dropped game one of its ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series against Harvard, 3-0, yesterday afternoon at the Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
Dartmouth played without senior Sasha Nanji, the team’s leading scorer among defensemen with 17 points this season and 90 during her career. Nanji was hurt during last Saturday’s regular-season finale against visiting St. Lawrence and will not play this weekend.
Miye D’Oench, Kalley Armstrong and Kaitlin Spurling scored for Harvard, which handed the Big Green its second shutout of the season.
The Ivy League rivals played a scoreless first period as both teams traded momentum. The best scoring chance of the period came as Harvard’s Jillian Dempsey and Lyndsey Fry broke in on a 2-on-1 rush with 6:19 left in the period. Dempsey played the puck over to Fry as Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft made a nice blocker save and gloved Dempsey’s shot attempt off the rebound to draw the whistle.
In the second, the Crimson controlled the puck and the tempo, out-shooting the Big Green 17-2. Another 2-on-1 for Fry and Dempsey during the first shift of the second helped create a momentum change, but Holdcroft held her ground with another blocker save.
D’Oench opened the scoring midway through the second as she broke in on a breakaway and slid the puck past a diving Holdcroft. The goal was reviewed, but the replays showed that as Holdcroft slid out, she deflected the puck with her stick off D’Oench and the puck bounced off the freshman forward and into the net.
The Big Green opened the third with a scoring chance as Laura Stacey fired a shot, but Crimson goalie Emerance Maschmeyer, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was there to make the stop.
Armstrong stretched the Crimson lead just under eight minutes into the third as she netted her second power-play goal of the season. Later in the third, Kaitlin added some insurance for Harvard as she scored on the power play to stretch their lead to 3-0.
It marked the third time this season that Dartmouth has allowed more than one power-play goal in a game.
Holdcroft made 39 saves ifor the Big Green, while Maschmeyer turned aside all 21 shots she faced to pick up her fourth shutout of the year.
It’s win-or-go-home for Dartmouth in game two of the best-of-three series today at the Bright Hockey Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Dartmouth 69 Pennsylvania 64
Philadelphia — Alex Mitola scored 17 points and Connor Boehm added 15 off the bench as Dartmouth ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over Pennsylvania.
The victory was just the fourth for the Big Green (7-18, 3-8 Ivy League) in its last 54 visits to the Palestra.
Two free throws by Mitola broke a 61-61 tie with 1:02 remaining, and his three-point play at the 22-second mark gave Dartmouth a 66-61 lead.
The Big Green led 48-36 after a jumper by Boehm with 15:17 left, but the Quakers (7-20, 4-6) got back into the game with a 10-1 run that included two 3-pointers by Dau Jok.
They eventually pulled ahead 57-55 on a jumper by Miles Cartwright with 4:48 to play.
Tony Hicks scored 23 points to pace Penn, and Jok added 14 on 4-of-4 shooting, all from 3-point range, plus two free throws.
Gorham, Maine — Colby-Sawyer fell to 21st-ranked Ithaca in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
Ithaca (26-2) will advance to play in the second round tonight at 7. The Chargers end the season with a 23-6 record.
Ithaca was led by 17 points from Devin Shea. Mary Kate Tierney added 12 points and 10 rebounds and a game-best five steals.
Sammi Lehr led the Chargers with 12 points, and teammate Cailin Bullett added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Penn 55, Dartmouth 45
Hanover — Dartmouth (6-18, 4-6 Ivy League) dropped a home decision to Penn (15-9, 8-2).
Nicola Zimmer led Dartmouth with 16 points, while teammate Lakin Roland added 10 points. Abbey Schmitt posted a team-best 10 rebounds, while Tia Dawson had a game-high four blocks. Brianna Bradford led Penn with 17 points.
For the third time in the last four games, the Big Green had a better shooting percentage than its opponent as it shot 32.7 percent (16-of-49) to Penn’s 30.4 percent (17-of-56).
The Big Green will celebrate Senior Day and Alumni Weekend today, when Princeton and coach Courtney Banghart, a former Dartmouth player and assistant coach, come to town. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Dartmouth will honor senior Faziah Steen in a pregame ceremony.
Dartmouth 3, GW 1
Washington — Dartmouth opened action at the Colonial Classic with a win over host George Washington. The late game against Bucknell was called in the third inning because of darkness with the Big Green up, 2-1.
The teams will attempt to make up the game over the course of the weekend, but a date and time have not been determined at this time.
Dartmouth’s Hillary Hubert scored two runs and added an RBI to lead the offense. Teammates Morgan McCalmon, Katie McEachern and Jonele Conceicao also added hits.
In the circle, Kristen Rumley picked up her fourth win. The sophomore fanned eight batters and only allowed two runs on four hits with one walk.
Dartmouth is back in action at the Colonial Classic against Seton Hall today at 11:45 a.m. The Big Green will close the day against host George Washington.