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.