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Big Green Drop Quarterfinal Opener to Crimson, 3-0

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By Doug Austin
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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The Dartmouth women's hockey team dropped game one of its ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals series against Harvard, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at the Bright Hockey Center.

For the second this season, the Big Green were held scoreless in Cambridge as the Crimson take the series lead, 1-0.

Dartmouth falls to 16-9-5 overall with the loss, while Harvard improves 22-5-3 with the victory.

The two Ivy League rivals played to a scoreless first period as both teams traded momentum. The best scoring chance of the period came as Harvard's Jillian Dempsey and Lyndsey Fry broke in on a two-on-one rush with 6:19 left. Dempsey played the puck over to Fry as Dartmouth junior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft made a nice blocker save and gloved Dempsey's shot attempt off the rebound to draw the whistle.

In the second, the Crimson controlled the puck and the tempo, out shooting the Big Green 17-2. Another two-on-one for Fry and Dempsey during the first shift of the second helped create a momentum change, but Holdcroft held her ground making another blocker save.

Miye D'Oench opened the scoring midway through the second as she broke in on a breakaway and slid the puck past a diving Holdcroft. The goal was reviewed, but the replays showed that as Holdcroft slid out she deflected the puck with her stick off D'Oench and the pucked bounced of the freshman forward and into the net, giving the Crimson the 1-0 edge.

The team from the Upper Valley opened the third with a scoring chance as Laura Stacey fired a shot, but Ivy League Rookie of the Year Emerance Maschmeyer was there to make the stop in net for Harvard.

Kalley Armstrong stretched the Crimson lead just under eight minutes into the third as she netted her second man-advantage tally of the season. Later in the third, Kaitlin Spurling added some insurance for Harvard as she scored on the power play to stretch the lead to 3-0.

It marked just the third time this season and the first since Nov. 23 against Cornell that Dartmouth has allowed more than one power-power goal in a game.

Holdcroft made 39 saves in a losing effort for the Green and White, while Maschmeyer turned aside all 21 shots she faced to pick up her fourth shutout of the year.

It's win-or-go-home for Dartmouth in game two of the best-of-three series tomorrow, March 2 at the Bright Hockey Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.