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Quinnipiac Offense Too Much for Big Green in Season-Opening 8-3 Loss

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By John and Matt Risley
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HAMDEN, Conn. — Taking a 2-0 first period lead, the Quinnipiac Bobcats never looked back, downing the Dartmouth women's hockey team, 8-3 Saturday night in Hamden. The loss was the first of the season for the Big Green, who drop to 1-1-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in the ECAC. The Bobcats improve to 4-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference.

Quinnipiac's Nicole Kosta was responsible for much of the damage, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in her four-point performance. Kelly Babstock proved to be trouble for the Big Green all night as well, adding a goal and four helpers in a five-point effort. Reagan Fischer and Laura Stacey led the Big Green attack with a pair of assists each in the contest.

Kosta opened the scoring for the Bobcats, firing a pass from Babstock past Dartmouth netminder Katie Milligan just 2:29 into the first period. Babstock added one of her own midway through the frame, with Cydney Roesler earning the assist.

Freshman Lindsey Allen pulled the Big Green back within a goal 7:58 into the second period with her second goal of the season. Classmate Stacey and senior Fischer were credited with assists on the play.

The Bobcats put the game away for good near the end of the frame, scoring back-to-back goals just 30 seconds apart to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Nicole Connery's goal from Kosta and Babstock came at the 18:22 mark, and Kosta followed up with her second of the night in what would prove to be the game-winner.

Two more Quinnipiac goals in the third period gave the hosts a lopsided 6-1 lead, putting the game completely out of reach for the Big Green. Brittany Lyons took advantage of a power-play opportunity at the 4:14 mark, the first of two goals she would score in the game. Kosta's tally midway through the frame was enough for a hat trick.

Dartmouth would finally put another goal on the scoreboard when senior defenseman Sasha Nanji tallied her first of the year just 30 seconds after Kosta scored. Freshman Samantha Zeiss and senior Lisa Berreman were credited with assists on the play.

A pair of Bobcat goals over the next three minutes put Quinnipiac up, 8-2. Morgan Fritz-Ward's marker was unassisted at 11:55, while Lyons secured her second of the night, a man-up goal with help from Babstock and Reagan Bolton.

Senior Camille Dumais capped off the scoring at 17:36 of the third period, firing a shot past Bobcats goaltender Victoria Vigilanti to bring the final score to 8-3. For the second time in the game, Fischer and Stacey teamed up for the assists.

Milligan played all 60 minutes in goal, allowing the eight goals and stopping 25 shots in what was her first loss of the season. For Quinnipiac, Vigilanti made 22 saves, improving to 3-1-1 on the season.

Dartmouth returns to the ice next Friday and Saturday, facing Yale (Nov. 2; 7 p.m.) and Brown (Nov. 3; 4 p.m.) in a another pair of road games.