Dartmouth Downs Women’s Hockey, 4-1, in ECAC Semifinals

Josephine Pucci tallied Harvard's lone goal against Dartmouth in the ECAC semifinals (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's hockey team entered the second period tied 1-1 with Dartmouth, but three Big Green goals in the second stanza proved to be the difference as the Crimson dropped a 4-1 decision to Dartmouth Thursday at Bright Hockey Center in the ECAC semifinals. Harvard ends its tournament run with an overall record of 17-11-4 while Dartmouth (22-10-0) advances to the final against No. 1 seed Cornell, Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.

Dartmouth struck first just past the midway point of the opening period to snare a 1-0 lead. Amanda Trunzo took feeds from Camille Dumais and Sally Komarek and beat Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy from close range for the game's first goal. The Crimson had an answer however, leveling the score at 1-1 just less than five minutes later. Kaitlin Spurling worked the puck back to Leanna Coskren and Coskren slid a pass from the left point to Josephine Pucci. The sophomore ripped a shot from the right point that was screened just enough to trickle past Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft, knotting the score at 1-1 entering the first break.

Penalties proved to be the Achilles heel for the Crimson in the second period as Dartmouth found the back of the net on both of its power-plays in the frame. Trunzo tallied her second goal of the game at the 4:20 mark with a skater advantage, and Lisa Berreman collected her first goal of the season at 9:18 of the second for a 3-1 lead. Dumais netted the final goal of the game at 10:56, converting passes from Erica Dobos and Geneva Kliman on the Big Green's second power-play of the stanza. Dartmouth held a 22-16 shots advantage and 4-1 lead after two periods of play.

Harvard skated hard throughout the final frame, but Holdcroft came up big for the guests, stopping all 17 of the host's shots in the period. The Crimson had two power-play chances in the frame but the Big Green penalty kill held true, sealing the 4-1 win and the trip to the ECAC Championship game.

The meeting marked the seventh time the teams had faced off in ECAC tournament play and with the win, Dartmouth improves to 5-2 all-time against the Crimson. Cornell will host the championship game at Lynah Rink, Saturday at 3:00 p.m., thanks to a 4-3 win over No. 5 seed Quinnipiac Thursday evening.