HANOVER, N.H.  – Sophomore Christina Rombaut netted her third of the season in Dartmouth women’s hockey’s 8-1 loss to No. 2/3 Clarkson at Thompson Arena on Saturday evening. The Big Green fell to 4-14-1 and 2-11-1, while the Golden Knights improved to 21-3-1 and 12-2-0.

“We played really well early on,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Clarkson is arguably the best team we’ve faced. They’re so strong and have an amazing work ethic. They’re the real deal. Given that, I’m proud of how we competed early, but we have to be better and more resilient when things don’t go well. We had some bad line changes. We lost our momentum and focus and went back on our heels. We need to be a lot tougher. It can’t be sporadic. We have to be here every shift, every period. We need to find a sense of immediacy and urgency.”

Clarkson came out strong, but junior netminder Christine Honor was good too, making eight saves in the first seven minutes. The Golden Knights got their first at 7:29, but that was all Dartmouth allowed; Honor ended the period with 14 saves. Junior Caroline Shaunessy gave the Green a good chance, but her shot hit the pipe.

The first period was quiet compared to the second, which saw a combined six goals scored in a 14-minute span. Clarkson scored its second at 2:48 and, less than nine minutes later, had a 5-0 advantage. A minute after the Golden Knight’s tally, Rombaut tipped in junior Tess Bracken’s initial shot just 23 seconds into the power play to get the Big Green on the board, with the second assist going to classmate Kate Landers. Clarkson added one more to make it a 6-1 game. 

Dartmouth had a few opportunities for another goal early in the third, but were kept out of the net by goalie Shea Tiley. The Big Green defense kept Clarkson at bay until halfway through the period, when the Golden Knights added two more to wrap things up (8-1). 

Junior Shannon Ropp entered the game in the second, ending up with 16 saves in 28 minutes. Honor had 20 in just over 30.

Dartmouth is back on the road for two next weekend, taking on Brown and Yale.