Dartmouth opens season with loss at Harvard

Dartmouth opens season with loss at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dartmouth women's hockey opened the season at Harvard on Friday evening, scoring the first goal before ultimately being defeated by its ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rival by a score of 3-1.
 
Junior Rose Falzone found the back of the net for the first time since November of 2016, being assisted by freshmen Lotti Odnoga and Sara McClanahan, who picked up their first collegiate points. In net, senior Christine Honor looked good with her 33 saves and .943 save percentage.

"I was really happy with our team's effort tonight," head coach Laura Schuler said. "I thought that our kids really bought in and executed our systems well. We had lot of scoring chances, so there are many positive to be able to move forward with. I'm super proud of all of our players."
 
Harvard controlled the opening minutes of the first period until a Crimson penalty halfway through gave Dartmouth energy. The Big Green took seven shots, with the majority of them being blocked. Although the visitors did not score on the power play, it really jumpstarted the offense, resulting in the first goal of the night. Falzone circled around and pocketed Odnoga's rebounded shot to give the Green a 1-0 advantage after one.
 
The home team had a score to settle in the second period, outshooting Dartmouth, 4-2, in the first minute and a half before scoring the tying goal 30 seconds later. Both teams continued to pressure, keeping Honor and Crimson goalie Lindsay Reed on their toes. With just over a minute left in the period, Harvard netted the go ahead, a shot Honor tried to save with a dive to the left, but was just a second too late.
 
The Green had a chance to score the tying goal midway through the third when sophomore Sydney Hill and freshman Gabby Billing took back-to-back shots, causing Reed to fall flat on her back, but none found their way into the back of the net. Four of the six penalties committed during the game came in the third, but all were killed. Harvard added an empty netter with a minute to go to end the game.
 
The Big Green will head to New York next weekend to take on Colgate and Cornell.