HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Tess Bracken netted her second goal of the weekend in the 3-1 loss to No. 5/5 Cornell at Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon. She now leads the team with seven goals, five of which were scored in the last four games. The Big Green dipped to 5-17-1 and 3-13-1, while the Big Red improved to 14-7-3 and 10-5-2.

“We played an outstanding team today,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “There was a tough turn of events, when Linda had a great bid when she drilled the post, and then Cornell went right down and scored. They are a very strong team capable of winning it all. That being said, I thought we battled hard and had good energy in the first, but they can make you pay for mistakes. We have to take it one period at a time, and we did win the third. 

“This is a good place to build off,” Marsh continued. “Christie did a great job in net, and we competed hard right to the end. Tess adjusted well to being in front and had a pretty good game. We just need to take the energy from line to line. This was a pretty big step up from last night. Winning the third is a good way to go into the week.” 

Dartmouth had a few nice chances in the first, including a hit post by freshman Linda Essery and a great play by sophomore Christina Rombaut and Bracken that barely missed the mark, but it was Cornell that struck first at 12:24. One more at 16:05 gave the Big Red a 2-0 advantage   

With Cornell still ahead by two late in the second, junior netminder Christine Honor completely denied the Big Red another goal with a huge stick save. At 15:36, Cornell eventually did get the goal it was looking for to make it 3-0. 

Dartmouth started playing tougher in the third and were rewarded at 7:11 when Bracken netted her seventh of the season to get the Big Green on the board. Senior Hailey Noronha received the puck from a Big Red player and passed to Bracken who fired from a difficult angle. The puck went through Marlene Boissonanault’s legs and the Big Red goalie watched it settle behind her in the net.

The Big Green will play just two more home games this season, hosting Rensselaer and Union. Seniors Morgan Turner, Brooke Ahbe and Noronha will be honored after the game against the Dutchwomen.