HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth women's hockey team's ECAC Hockey Tournament run came to an end on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to 10th-ranked St. Lawrence at Thompson Arena. The win was the second in the best-of-three quarterfinal series for the Saints (22-9-4) who will move on to the semifinals hosted by Cornell next weekend.
The loss ends the season for the Big Green (18-10-2), who entered Saturday's game outside the top 12 in the USCHO.com PairWise Rankings, which mimic the method used by the NCAA selection committee. With only eight teams making the NCAA Tournament, Dartmouth will be on the outside looking in.
The Saints scored the first and game-winning goal three minutes into the third period. With the puck in the Dartmouth zone, Vanessa Emond received a pass in front of the near post from Michelle Ng. Emond skated the edge of the crease before depositing the puck in the net on the far side just past the outstretched leg of Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Despite giving up the goal and another St. Lawrence score later in the period, Holdcroft kept the Big Green in the contest by making numerous impressive saves. The Pittsburgh native made 12 stops in the first, 16 in the second and nine in the third for 37 total saves. On the other end of the ice, Carmen MacDonald shutout the Dartmouth offense with 32 saves, highlighted by 14 in the third stanza.
St. Lawrence added its insurance goal with eight minutes left in the game. On a three-on-one rush, Kelly Sabatine passed across the ice to Rylee Smith who took a quick shot which Holdcroft blocked.Just as Holdcroft made the save, senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta), hustling back to try to stop the attack, crashed into Holdcroft. Mel Desrochers used the opportunity to slam the rebound across the line just seconds before the net became dislodged, which would have stopped play. The score withstood an official replay review to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The Big Green called a timeout with 1:23 left to discuss how to overcome the 2-0 deficit, and pulled Holdroft with 35 seconds left in the game. Even after a hooking penalty on Emond with 29 seconds to go, the Dartmouth couldn't score one goal let alone the needed two with a six-on-four advantage.
Dartmouth went 0-for-3 on the power play with the Saints finishing 0-for-5. It marked the second time this season St. Lawrence earned a 2-0 victory at Thompson Arena.
The contest also marked the final collegiate games for Kelly Foley (South Boston, Mass.), Erica Dobos (Bethel Park, Pa.) and Moira Scanlon (Chicago, Ill.). The three seniors were part of two NCAA Tournament teams in 2009 and 2011, and won an ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship in 2009.