SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A goal scored with just over a minute remaining in the third period broke a tie that had lasted through 40 minutes, lifting Union over Dartmouth at Messa Rink by a score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Hailey Noronha netted Dartmouth’s lone goal late in the first, scoring her first tally of the season. She ended her weekend with two points, after picking up her first helper against Rensselaer the night before. Seniors Mackenzie St. Onge and Emma Korbs earned the assists. They, too, had a two-point weekend. In net, senior Robyn Chemago had 21 saves, keeping the Big Green in the game with many big stops.
“Union played us really hard tonight,” head coach Laura Schuler said. “We had really good first and third periods, but we need to be more disciplined and stay out of the box. We lost our momentum in the second when we took four penalties. Union’s goalie was also really good; we had 23 shots on her in the first but we have to be hungrier around the net in order to capitalize on rebound opportunities. It was good to see our power play put one away for us.”
Union (5-26-1, 2-17-1) took an early lead a mere 52 seconds in when Cheyenne Harris’ first shot was saved by Chemago, but the rebound was sent right back to Harris, who took advantage of the Dartmouth (6-20-0, 4-16-0) goalie covering her left post and shot to the right. At 18:08, thirty seconds into the power play, Noronha picked up her second goal of her career and Dartmouth’s first power play tally since early January to tie the score at one-all.
Through the first 20 minutes, the Big Green outshot the Dutchwomen, 23-9, the most the Big Green have taken in a single period since Dec. 8, 2012, when they had a 27-shot second period against Maine.
After seeing a combined 32 shots in the first period, just 12 were taken in the second, with Union sporting the 7-5 edge. There were a number of close calls, including Haley Shugart hitting the crossbar, but the game was still tied heading into the third.
At 13:35 of the third, it looked as if senior Devon Moir had broken the tie, but the goal was waved off and the scored remained 1-1 with time slowly running out. It turned out to be the Dutchwomen that broke the stalemate when Alli Devins scored the game winner at 18:54, just 17 seconds into the power play. The Big Green used one more burst of offensive energy, but could not get past Kate Spooner in net.
Dartmouth outshot Union. 39-23, and went 1-for-4 on the power pay.
Dartmouth will play its final home games of the 2016-17 season next weekend, welcoming Yale and Brown to Thompson Arena.