By: Charlotte Brackett
Dartmouth (3-12-1, 2-7-0) vs. Harvard (4-8-2, 3-5-1)
Date: Friday, Jan. 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. / Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: Harvard leads, 49-46-4
Last Time: Oct. 19, 2018 (L, 3-1)
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team will be at home again this weekend, taking on Harvard at 6 p.m. on Friday.
LAST TIME OUT
To kick off their five-game homestand, the Big Green hosted Quinnipiac and No. 6 Princeton last weekend.
Dartmouth vs. Quinnipiac
Playing at Thompson Arena for the first time in a month, Dartmouth fell to Quinnipiac by a score of 5-1 on Friday. Emily McLaughlin scored her second goal of the season late in the third, while Tess Bracken assisted.
After opening scoring early in the first, the Bobcats took off in the second period, netting a trio of goals to make it a 4-0 game. Sydney Hill gave Dartmouth a great opportunity to get one back when she fired from the point, but her shot clanged off the pipe.
Goalie Shannon Ropp made her way into the net to start the third, making her 2018-19 debut. She had a great save soon after taking the ice, swatting the puck out of the air with her stick. After trailing in shots in the first two periods, the Green had a 15-7 shot advantage in the third. Dartmouth continued to test netminder Abbie Ives, until it finally paid off. With time winding down, Bracken picked up the rebound behind the Big Green’s net and found McLaughlin, who beat two defenders to get the home team on the board.
Dartmouth had a 31-28 shot advantage, outshooting its third consecutive opponent. Christine Honor had 17 saves before making way for Ropp, who made six stops.
Dartmouth vs. Princeton
Five players had a point in the 5-2 loss to Princeton on Saturday afternoon. Hill and Katerina Dajia found the back of the net, while Sara McClanahan assisted on the first marker, and Linda Essery and Megan Cornell assisted on the second. Honor’s 51 stops is her second highest after her NCAA record-breaking 61-save performance against Quinnipiac last season.
In a pretty even first period, it looked as if Princeton had taken the lead at 8:25, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference and the teams played out the remaining nine minutes scoreless. This was just the fourth time in 18 games that the Tigers have been kept out of the net in the first.
After such a quiet opening period, the second was quite the opposite, as four goals were scored in less than 10 minutes. Princeton netted the first three, while Hill’s first of the season and third of her career at 13:00 got Dartmouth within two (3-1). With five seconds remaining on the power play, Hill’s shot from the blue line sailed through the air and right past Cassie Reale’s extended glove.
The Tigers got another on the board at 7:28 of the third, but the Green responded less than two minutes later. At 9:23, Dajia got the puck through traffic for her first collegiate marker. Princeton scored two empty netters at the end of the game, though the second did not count as time had expired.
GEORGE CROWE 1936-2019
The Dartmouth hockey family was saddened to learn of the passing of former women’s and men’s head coach George Crowe on Jan. 6 at the age of 82.
Crowe coached the men’s team from 1975-84 before taking over the women’s team in 1986 through his retirement in 1998.
At the helm of the women’s team for 12 seasons, Crowe amassed 196 wins, a figure that stood as the program record until just a few years ago. He won four Ivy League championships with the team and earned six ECAC Hockey postseason berths.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 4-8-2 and an ECAC Hockey mark of 3-5-1, which is good for eighth in the league. Most recently, the Crimson had an 0-2 weekend, falling to Princeton (4-1) and Quinnipiac (1-0). Lexie Laing leads the team in assists (7) and points (10), while Kristin Della Rovere is first in goals (5) and second in points (9).
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
Dartmouth opened the 2018-19 season in Cambridge on Oct. 19, scoring the first goal before ultimately being defeated by the Crimson by a score of 3-1.
Rose Falzone found the back of the net for the first time since November of 2016, being assisted by Odnoga and McClanahan, who picked up their first collegiate points. In net, Honor looked good with her 33 saves and .943 save percentage.
LEADING THE WAY
Bracken and McClanahan remain tied for first on the team with eight points each. Bracken has netted four goals and has four helpers, while McClanahan has three goals and five assists.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Honor has played in and started 14 games so far this season and has made 376 saves and allowed 44 goals. In the game against Quinnipiac, Shannon Ropp made her first appearance of the 2018-19 season, making six saves and allowing one goal. Kayla Wormsbecher has made two starts and has appeared in three contests, stopping 62 shots while allowing eight goals.
CAN’T BE THERE?
Live stats and video are available for both games and can be found on Dartmouthsports.com. For updates throughout the game, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
On Jan. 18-19, the Big Green will play their last of five consecutive home games against Cornell and Colgate.