The Dartmouth women's hockey team will face #7 Boston College in a non-conference matchup at Thompson Arena on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. This is the first ranked opponent for the Big Green this season.
Following the matchup with BC, the Green and White will continue their tough schedule, facing three more currently-ranked teams in their next four games (#2 Cornell, #6 Harvard and #8 Northeastern).
Dartmouth holds a commanding 25-4-2 lead in the all-time series with the Eagles, but the two squads are even at 2-2-1 in their last five meetings. The Big Green have a 193-62 advantage in goal differential.
At home, the Green and White are 16-2-1 all-time against Boston College. From November 20, 1982 to December 31, 2006, Dartmouth remained unbeaten against the Eagles in Hanover, posting a 14-0-1 record.
The Big Green first played BC on January 21, 1980 in Boston. Dartmouth came away with a 3-2 victory in that game.
Head coach Mark Hudak is 5-3-1 all-time against Boston College.
Last Year's Loss
Dartmouth opened the 2011-12 season at Boston College on October 23, 2011. Despite scoring three first-period goals, the Big Green suffered a 4-3 loss against the Eagles.
In goal, Lindsay Holdcroft was charged with the loss despite making 31 saves, including 13 in the final frame.
Senior Camille Dumais leads the Big Green offense with three goals and three assists for six points on the season. Freshman Laura Stacey also has six points, on a goal and a team-best five assists. Senior captain Reagan Fischer has notched five points (2g, 3a), while rookie Lindsey Allen (3g, 1a) has contributed four.
Lindsay Holdcroft and Katie Milligan have split time in goal for the Big Green. Holdcroft is an undefeated 3-0-0 with a 2.28 GAA and an .900 save percentage, while Milligan is 1-1-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a .846 save percentage.
Scouting the Eagles
Through eight games, Boston College owns a 4-3-1 record. The Eagles have faced some tough competition, however, including nationally-ranked Boston University three times. BC has also played vote-receiving Minnesota-Duluth and Providence.
The Eagles are led by sophomore forward Alex Carpenter, who has tallied 14 points on seven goals and seven assists on the season. Three players - Haley Skarupa (4g, 5a), Emily Field (3g, 6a) and defenseman Blake Bolden (2g, 7a) - have nine points apiece.
Sophomore Megan Miller and senior Corinne Boyles have split time between the pipes. Miller is 1-2-1 with a 3.22 GAA and an .876 save percentage, while Boyles is 3-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
In their home opener vs. New Hampshire last Tuesday night, the Big Green edged the Wildcats, 3-2 in front of a crowd of 583 at Thompson Arena.
Jenna Hobeika's first goal of the season was a power play marker that tied the game, 1-1 in the first period. Laura Stacey's first career goal gave Dartmouth a 2-1 lead in the second. Finally, rookie Lindsey Allen notched her third of the season to seal the victory for the hosts in the third.
Junior Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 23 shots in goal to remain undefeated at 3-0-0 on the season.
Playing their third and fourth straight away games at Yale and Brown last weekend, the Big Green came away with their first road weekend sweep since Jan. 27-28, 2012 (also at Brown and Yale). Dartmouth defeated the Bulldogs, 5-4 in overtime, before downing the Bears, 1-0 the following night.
A Weekend of Firsts
Three Dartmouth sophomores experienced career-firsts last weekend. Morgan Illikainen notched her first career goal in dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winner in overtime on the road at Yale. Classmate Abbie Lund also tallied her first career marker, scoring in the second period to give the Big Green a 3-2 lead over the Bulldogs. The following night, goaltender Katie Milligan earned her first career shutout, a 1-0 road victory over Brown.
Dartmouth kicked off the 2012-13 season with a pair of road games at Princeton and Quinnipiac. The Big Green defeated the Tigers, 3-1 Friday night before falling, 8-3 to the Bobcats on Saturday.
Three Big Green freshmen have had a hand in Dartmouth's scoring thus far. Laura Stacey leads the way with four assists, while classmate Lindsey Allen has a pair of goals, both of which came on the power play, as well as an assist. In addition, Olivia Whitford has tallied her first-ever point, assisting on Karlee Odland's season-opening goal at Princeton.
Among National Leaders
Dartmouth ranks among the best in the nation in several categories early in the season. The Big Green combined special teams ranks fifth in the country at 57.8%, while the power play unit is eighth with a 25.0% success rate. For a complete list of Dartmouth players in the top-20 nationally, see page seven.
Down to the Last Goal
The Big Green's last three games were decided by a goal, with Dartmouth coming out on the winning end of all three contests. The Green and White played in 16 one-goal games last season, posting a 9-7 record.
Season tickets for men's and women's hockey games at Thompson Arena are now on sale. Fans should call the Dartmouth Athletics Ticket Office at 603-646-2466 or visit www.DartmouthSports.com for more information.
Big Green Game Plan
Dartmouth fans have a new way to stay connected and support the Big Green through a social media rewards program: The Big Green Game Plan.
The Big Green Game Plan provides fans with the opportunity to compete for prizes while engaging with official Dartmouth Athletics social media accounts. Fans will earn reward points for interacting with Dartmouth Athletics on facebook, twitter and foursquare.
For more information and to create a free account, visit www.BigGreenGamePlan.com.
Tonight's game will feature live stats, as well as a live video broadcast for paying subscribers. Links for both can be found via the Dartmouth women's hockey schedule page at DartmouthSports.com. WFRD 99.3 radio will also broadcast the game.