HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Hailey Noronha ended up with two points, while sophomore Cecilia Lopez and junior Caroline Shaunessy both had one in Dartmouth women’s hockey’s 7-2 loss to Maine on Sunday afternoon.
"This is sort of the pattern we've had so far," interim head coach Joe Marsh said. "We have had to work so hard for our victories, that we don't have much left afterwards. Maine came out very very focused today and when you fall behind a skilled team, it loosens them up. I can't fault our goalie. She's delivered us to success and a lot rests on her shoulders. We just gave up Grade A opportunities today.
"I look at it like a work in progress," Marsh continued. "I don't want anyone to be frustrated. Even when we were down, 4-1, I thought we played well. We just couldn't find the back of the net. We have to look at the big picture. We're reaching for consistency and making sure we're doing the little things right. It wasn't our night, but it was a pretty good split against a skilled team."
Five goals were scored in a seven-minute span to start the first period, which is two more than were scored in the entire game on Saturday. Black Bear tallies at 2:32 and 3:14 gave Maine a 2-0 advantage, but an unassisted marker by Noronha at 6:49 got the Big Green back within one. She intercepted a cross intended for a Black Bear, firing a rocket to the right of Loryn Porter in net. Maine responded with two more at 7:06 and 10:02 to make it 4-1. The rest of the period was relatively quiet compared to the start, and Maine remained three ahead going into the intermission.
Dartmouth had a handful of opportunities for another goal in the second, such as a hit post by sophomore Bailee Brekke and a breakaway chance by senior Morgan Turner, but it was Maine that struck twice, once early and once late in the period, to give the Bears a 6-1 advantage.
Early in the third and thirty-three seconds into the power play, Lopez netted her second marker of the weekend, tipping the puck to the right of Porter. The play started at the blue line, with assists going to Noronha and Shaunessy. The Black Bears added one more late in the third to end the game.
Next weekend, Dartmouth will host Yale and Brown in ECAC Hockey play.