Women’s Ice Hockey Falls to Harvard, Dartmouth

Colgate dropped a tough 3-2 game against Dartmouth on Friday night in Starr Rink, even as senior Brittany Phillips scored two goals for the Raider effort.

Colgate saw Phillips score her 12th and 13th goals of the season in the middle frame alone. Senior Jenna Klynstra rummaged up two assists, with junior Megan Wickens adding another for the Raiders. First-year

Ashlynne Rando made 26 saves on the night, once again putting up impressive numbers in the middle period with 13 saves in the second frame alone.

Dartmouth came out strong, scoring only two minutes into the first period, and managing to add two more in the middle frame. Senior Camille Dumais, first-year Ailish Forfar, and senior Jenna Hobeika all scooped up goals in the Dartmouth victory. Junior goaltender Lindsay Horcroft made 29 saves for the Big Green, 15 coming in the last period for Horcroft’s

15h win this season.

Only 2:53 into the first period, Dumias found the back of the net for Dartmouth. First-year Laura Stacey initially attempting a shot on Rando, the puck was deflected off of another Colgate player until Dumias grabbed control of the puck and fired one home for the Big Green.

In the closing moments of the period, Colgate attempted to score off of a power play opportunity, with Klynstra rifling off two quick shots for the Raiders. Ultimately, however, Colgate was unable to convert and entered the second period down 1-0.

Again coming out aggressive, the

Dartmouth offense managed to tack on another goal ninety seconds into the middle frame. On this score senior Sasha Nanji attempted to take advantage of a man up situation, and fired a shot against Rando. Rando blocked the initial attempt, but Forfar snatched the rebound and found the back of the net, extending the

lead to 2-0.

Only three minutes later Hobeika scored her seventh season goal, giving a huge 3-0 lead to Dartmouth.

In true Colgate fashion, the Raiders continued to fight against the lead. Only a couple minutes after Hobeika’s score, Colgate junior Jocelyn Simpson had a tremendous breakaway, but Holdcroft managed to deflect the shot.

Midway through the second period Holdcroft’s shutout ended as the Raiders were able to take advantage of a power play opportunity, with Phillips tallying her 12th season goal. Klynstra and Wickens led the offensive attack, with Phillips ultimately managing to guide the puck to the back of the net.

Only two and a half minutes later, Philips nabbed yet another goal, cutting the Dartmouth lead to one.  A persistent Colgate offense saw Phillips fire an initial shot at Holdcroft, and when Holdcroft managed to stop both the original shot and the rebound attempt by Klynstra, Phillips snagged a second rebound, this time

successful in her attempt on goal.

Fighting until the end, Colgate pulled their goalie with 1:47 remaining in the game in an attempt to tie the match up. Dartmouth was called for tripping,

giving Colgate a 5-4 advantage for the final two minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to find a equalizing goal, and Dartmouth came away with the victory, 3-2.

The next day, the team saw three of its seniors, Klynstra, Hootz and Phillips, skate their final game in Starr Rink, ending a 5-3 loss to the No. 5 ranked

Harvard Crimson.

Colgate scooped up two goals from Philips and one from sophomore

Katie Case, both off assists from sophomore Melissa Kueber. Junior Megan

Wickens also assisted on the goal for

Phillips Rando made 30 saves on the a

fternoon, 17 coming in the first period

of the matchup.

Harvard’s senior Kaitlin Spurling scored twice for the Crimson, with teammates first-year Mary Parker, sophomore Sarah Edney and junior Kalley Armstrong scoring for Harvard as well. Spurling finished the afternoon with three points, grabbing the third point on the assist on Parker’s goal. Senior goaltender Laura

Bellamy deflected 14 Colgate shots,

tallying her 11th win on the season.

Colgate was called for cross-checking 21 seconds into the initial period. The Crimson quickly capitalized on the power play to score two goals in the first five minutes of the match up. The first of these two scores came only 1:29 into the period, when Parker found the back of the net

for Harvard.

Colgate was soon again penalized for hooking, and the Crimson took

advantage of yet another man-up opportunity with Michelle Picard trying to get one past Rando. Initially deflected, Spurling grabbed the rebound and fired in

another goal for Harvard, extending their lead to 2-0.

Phillips was able to cut the lead in half, though, when she converted on an assists from Wickens and Kueber to grab Colgate’s first goal of the game at the 7:28 mark. This score was Phillips’s 14th goal for the year.

Colgate was unable to tie the game up before the end of the first frame, and the second period saw the Crimson score another two goals. At the 7:14 mark in the middle frame, Rando was screened and Harvard’s Sarah Edney managed to slide a puck through traffic and into the net. Harvard extended their lead to 4-1 when Samantha Reber found Spurling, who scored her second goal of the game.

Colgate managed to rally for another goal a second score less than two minutes after Spurling’s goal. Harvard was called for two penalties, and Colgate capitalized on the 5-on-3 opportunity as Case found her second goal of the season on a rebound from Kueber, bringing Colgate within two.

 Harvard’s Armstrong scored with 13:49 remaining in the final frame to seal Harvard’s 5-3 victory.

Colgate finishes out ECAC play this weekend as the Raiders travel to Union and Rensselaer, playing Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., respectively.

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