CANTON, N.Y. – Dartmouth women’s hockey closed the 2017-18 season against No. 8/8 St. Lawrence on Saturday, falling by a score of 5-0 at Appleton Arena. The Big Green conclude their year with a record of 5-19-3 and 3-16-3 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Saints improve to 18-10-4 and 14-6-2.
In his final game as interim head coach, Joe Marsh was recognized and thanked with a standing ovation at the rink he had called home for 27 years.
With her 26 saves in the game, junior netminder Christine Honor ended the year with 818, which puts her first in the Dartmouth record book, second in the conference and fourth in the country. Fellow junior Tess Bracken had some great shots throughout the contest, leading the team with five, while freshman Linda Essery and junior Alyssa Baker were right behind with four.
“There were a lot of emotions going today,” Marsh said. “It was a very emotional day for me personally. Coming back to Appleton had a lot to do with it. But, in particular, being with this team was what made it so meaningful. I love this team. They gave us a great year in so many ways. If you look at the record, you may think it was disappointing. Not to me. I saw a lot of growth. And not just from the players. We were a very tight group, much like a family. For me, this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
“Overall, I’m proud of the effort today. We played a great team. We battled hard and converted on plays. This was a special day for our seniors. This was very emotional for all of us and a day that I will always remember. It is one of my highlights of being in Appleton and, funnily enough, it was from the visitors’ locker room.”
Dartmouth came out strong and tested netminder Sonjia Shelly early on, but it was St. Lawrence that found the back of the net first at 5:39 and again at 18:36 to give St. Lawrence a 2-0 advantage.
The Big Green had a few promising chances in the second period; having been outshot, 15-6, in the first period, Dartmouth found its way back into the game and was barely outshot in the second, 12-10. The Saints added two more three minutes apart to make it a 4-0 game heading to the third.
Bracken shined in the third, keeping Shelly on her toes the entire time. Halfway through the period, junior Shannon Ropp made her way into the game, replacing Honor in net. Within minutes, the Saints had another chance at a goal, this time on a breakaway, but Ropp made a great save to keep St. Lawrence out of the net. The Saints got one more with 16 seconds to go to end the game.
Dartmouth had a great third period and outshot St. Lawrence, 11-7.