CANTON, N.Y. – Dartmouth women’s hockey opened its first road weekend of the season with a 2-0 loss to St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena on Friday afternoon.
"We are building confidence in our systems more every day," assistant coach Chris Cobb said after the game. "We had a good start and finish, but we need to play a full 60 minutes."
Sophomore Christie Honor got the nod in net, appearing in and starting her first game of the 2016-17 season. She played the entire 60 minutes, ending the day with a career-high 30 saves. Juniors Hailey Noronha and Brooke Ahbe, and sophomores Tess Bracken and Alyssa Baker all had a pair of shots on goal.
The puck spent the opening minutes of the first period in Dartmouth’s (0-3-0, 0-2-0) zone, testing Honor, who had to make four quick saves. At 6:42, Kennedy Marchment got St. Lawrence (6-0-1, 1-0-0) on the board when she pocketed Brooke Webster’s rebounded shot.
The Saints almost got their second of the afternoon less than five minutes into the second when Webster’s shot got behind Honor, but the Dartmouth goaltender fell on the puck to make the stop. Less than 30 seconds after returning from a timeout, Kayla Vespa picked up the puck on a breakaway and sent it into the left corner of the net at 13:04 to make it 2-0 in St. Lawrence’s favor. Honor had 12 saves to bring her total after two periods to 20.
Dartmouth found its stride in the third period, taking a game-high seven shots on goal to try and lessen St. Lawrence’s lead. Sophomore Caroline Shaunessy had a good shot at a goal in the final minute of play, but the clock ran out before the visitors had any more chances.
Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. game against No. 8/8 Clarkson.