HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s hockey found the back of the net first, but a handful of unanswered goals led No. 4/4 Colgate to a 5-1 victory at Thompson Arena on Friday afternoon. The Big Green fell to 5-16-1 and 3-13-1, while the Raiders improved to 24-4-1 and 14-3-0.
“I thought we started the game pretty well,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Getting the first goal was huge. What really hurt us was all the unforced turnovers. Colgate is very fast and they force you to make mistakes. They’re certainly one of the top teams in the country. They play pretty loose and they’re very good at passing. Overall, we have to find ways to sustain efforts and be both consistent and persistent.
“We weren’t quite patient enough and got rid of the puck in a hurry,” Marsh continued. “We need to play to our strengths. We have to hit the reset button for tomorrow. We have five games left. Fifteen periods. We need to make the most of every opportunity.”
A penalty-ridden first period led to junior Tess Bracken’s team-leading sixth tally of the season. With 47 seconds of 5-on-3 action ahead of them, senior Hailey Noronha and junior Kate Landers put together a nice play and found Bracken at the point, who sent the puck to the right of netminder Liz Auby. The Raiders responded with three goals within a two-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.
Compared to the five-penalty, four-tally first period, the second was a lot quieter with two penalties and zero goals. Junior goalie Christine Honor had 16 saves to bring her two-period total to 35, while Landers had a nice chance, but the score remained the same heading to the third.
After keeping Colgate off the board for over 20 minutes, the Raiders scored at 2:24 and 8:07 of the third to make it a 5-1 game. Freshman Jennifer Costa and Noronha tried their hand late to get one more, but were denied.
Colgate outshot Dartmouth, 54-16. Honor ended the game with 49 saves.
The Big Green will be back on Saturday, hosting No. 5/5 Cornell at 3 p.m.