HANOVER, N.H. – Goals by sophomores Sabrina Huett and Cecilia Lopez, and junior Kate Landers helped the Dartmouth women’s hockey team take its first of two games against Maine by a score of 3-0 at the team’s home opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Big Green improved to 2-3 overall, while the Black Bears – which have defeated the likes of RPI, No. 9 Quinnipiac, No. 10 Robert Morris and Boston University this season – fell to 5-5.
Senior Hailey Noronha also ended the day with a point after assisting on Huett’s goal. She has a team-leading four helpers in four games. In net, junior Christine Honor played all 60 minutes, making 37 saves while earning her second shutout in the last two weekends.
“After a fairly sluggish first period, I thought our girls really responded well,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Our second was the best period we’ve played all season. They had great energy. All three lines were great. Maine outshot us, but we had tremendous chances and the energy transferred from one line to the next and it really set the stage for a great finish.
“Maine is a really good team,” Marsh continued. “They skate well and have a good skill level, so it was a great win for us. We need to build off this and be conscious that we can play like this every night. We need to make some improvements – sometimes small, sometimes big – but overall, we are heading in the right direction. This was a big, emotional win for us at home.”
After over 30 minutes of scoreless play, Huett broke the tie and got Dartmouth on the board with her first career goal at 13:42 of the second period. Freshman Linda Essery wrapped around the net, but her shot was blocked by a Black Bear. The puck was knocked around a little and sent back to Noronha at the blue line, who found Huett in the mess of players in the crease. The sophomore tipped the puck into the left corner to give the Big Green a one-goal advantage.
At 4:06 of the third, Dartmouth was back for another. An interception put the puck on Lopez’s stick, but her first backhanded shot was easily saved by Jackson. Picking up her own rebound, Lopez blindly backhanded the puck a second time, this time hitting the mark and finding the right of the net that goalie Carly Jackson had left open.
With just over a minute to go in the third and with Honor out of the net, the puck was sent directly to a Black Bear, who fired at the empty goal. Junior Caroline Shaunessy acted quickly, making the save to keep Maine off the board. With 11 seconds remaining, Landers made it 3-0 with her empty netter.
“It was fitting for Sabrina to get her first career goal and the game winner,” Marsh said. “She has worked so hard, is diligent and is so incredibly coachable. I think she epitomizes what we have to be about.”
Dartmouth returns to action with another 2 p.m. game against Maine on Sunday.