Official Website of Dartmouth College Varsity Athletics

Nanji & Holdcroft Lead 10th-Ranked Big Green to 3-1 Win

Article Image
Junior Sasha Nanji scored the first two goals for the Big Green on Friday.     By David Silverman(

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontario) and sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the 10th-ranked Dartmouth women's hockey team to a 3-1 victory at Brown on Friday. Nanji scored the Big Green's first two goals and Holdcroft stopped 25 shots to improve the team to 13-6-2 overall, 9-4-2 in ECAC Hockey and 3-2-1 in the Ivy League. The Bears fell to 7-8-7 overall, 4-7-4 in the conference and 2-4-0 in the Ancient Eight.

Dartmouth fell behind early in the game when Alena Polenska scored the game's first goal 2:48 into the opening period. It would be the only tally of the game for the Bears as Holdcroft held Brown in check the rest of the way. The Pittsburgh native made nine saves in the first, five in the second and 11 in the final frame when the Bears where peppering the net in attempt to tie the game.

With Holdcroft making save-after-save it gave the Big Green offense the opportunity to overcome the one-score deficit. It didn't take long for Dartmouth to tie the game with Nanji tallying her seventh goal of the season 7:32 into the first. The defenseman followed that goal with the game-winning goal four minutes later for her eighth goal of the year. It marked the first time this season Nanji scored more than one goal in a game. The teams went into the first intermission with the Big Green leading, 2-1.

Neither team scored in the second and the two goaltenders kept the contest close until late in the third. After Brown pulled goaltender Katie Jamieson with 1:15 left in the third, senior Erica Dobos (Bethel Park, Pa.) scored an empty-net goal 10 seconds later off an assist from senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta). It was the fifth goal of the season for Dobos and the 11th assist for Fischer.

The Big Green committed three penalties in the game, while Brown was whistled for two. Dartmouth went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Bears went 0-for-3. Holdcroft finished with 25 saves and Jamieson had 30. It was the fifth win for Dartmouth in its last six games.

The Big Green returns to action on Saturday at Yale at 4 p.m.