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Women's Hockey Bounced From Postseason With Shut Out Loss

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By Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The Dartmouth women's hockey team dropped the second game of its best-of-three ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal series to No. 6 Harvard, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Bright Hockey Center.

The Crimson swept the series, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals next weekend.

With the loss, the Big Green end the season 16-10-5. The team from the Upper Valley began the weekend 12th in the latest PairWise Rankings, which mimic the method used by the NCAA selection committee as it chooses the eight teams that make the NCAA Tournament. After the early exit, Dartmouth's season will most likely come to an end.

Since advancing to the conference championship game in 2011, The Green and White have been bounced from the ECAC Hockey Tournament in the first round the last two seasons.

For the first time under Head Coach Mark Hudak, Dartmouth finished the 2012-13 slate winless against ranked teams going 0-7-3 against top-ten programs.

Harvard jumped out to an early lead as Lyndsey Fry scored on the opening shift of the game. Fry skated in front and flipped a backhand by Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft for her 15th marker of the year just 17 seconds into play.

The Crimson continued to pressure the Big Green in the first as Fry had a scoring chance point blank two minutes later, but Holdcroft made a nice stick save sliding across the crease. Six minutes into the game, Fry had another opportunity on the doorstep and Holdcroft made a diving save to keep the game a one-goal contest.

In the second period, Dartmouth stole back some of the momentum early on as freshman Laura Stacey and sophomore Karlee Odland each had scoring chances. Stacey fired a shot from the slot that was turned away by Crimson goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer and Odland's wrap around attempt was covered up by the freshman netminder.

Fry took the wind out of the Big Green's sails with three minutes left in the second as she scored on the power play. The Crimson stretched their lead to four in the final period netting a pair of goals. Kaitlin Spurling and Mary Parker gave Harvard some insurance as Maschmeyer recorded her second straight shutout.

Holdcroft made 22 saves in a losing effort for the Big Green.

The game marked the final collegiate game for nine seniors on the Dartmouth roster. During their tenure, the class of 2013 posted a 67-43-9 overall record, a 48-31-7 mark in ECAC Hockey and a 24-13-3 Ivy record. As sophomores, they won four straight postseason games to advance to the ECAC Hockey championship game. The seniors also appeared in the ECAC Hockey Tournament four times.