HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s hockey fell to No. 10 St. Lawrence, 4-0, at Thompson Arena on Friday evening. The Big Green are now 4-13-1 and 2-10-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Saints improved to 13-7-3 and 9-3-1.
“I’m really proud of our effort tonight,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “We did some really good things out there. Some really inspirational things. We lost to a good team that can capitalize. We made mistakes and we need to learn to fix them quicker. We lost some key battles in front, but overall, that was a solid effort. We are learning lessons. Sometimes, they are learned the hard way. I love this team, and I love the effort. There were enough people that were inspirational today that we can keep moving forward. We’re going to keep an eye on what’s ahead and not what is behind us.”
The first period started slowly, with neither team being able to get past the other’s defense to take a shot in the first six minutes. Sophomore Christina Rombaut and senior Hailey Noronha both had promising chances, but were stopped by Sonjia Shelly. The Saints’ second shot resulted in a goal at 8:27 and one more less than two minutes later gave them a 2-0 advantage.
Dartmouth’s first real opportunity to get one back came halfway through the second when sophomore Sabrina Huett and freshman Linda Essery perfectly set up fellow freshman Megan Cornell, but Shelly’s right pad prevented the rookie from hitting the mark.
The Big Green had another good chance to make it a one-goal game early in the third period. Juniors Tess Bracken, Alyssa Baker and Kate Landers, and Noronha all took a chance in the crease and all were stopped by Shelly, who had since fallen into the net. Having made it through 50 minutes of play with no penalties, the first one of the evening resulted in the Saints’ third tally of the game. An empty netter in the final three minutes gave St. Lawrence one more before the final whistle.
The Saints outshot the Big Green, 31-25. In net, junior Christine Honor had 27 saves.
Next up, Dartmouth will take on No. 2/3 Clarkson.