Thursday, March 3, 2011

Women's Hockey: Playoff Update 4

Cambridge, MA- A poor second period proved costly for the Harvard Crimson as they fell 4-1 to the Dartmouth Big Green. The visitors got on the board first in the first period with a goal from Amanda Trunzo but Harvard equalized five minutes later with a Josephine Pucci goal. Dartmouth scored three unanswered in a 6 minute 36 second span of the second period, including two power play goals, to put the Big Green up for good. Despite outshooting Dartmouth heavily, 17-5, in the third period, the Crimson could not beat netminder Lindsey Holdcroft again and the game ended 4-1 in favor of the Big Green. Dartmouth keeps both their ECAC championship and NCAA at-large hopes alive while Harvard's season comes to an end.

Ithaca, NY- The Cornell Big Red continued their winning ways, this time in a close game at home against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Cornell went up 1-0 late in the first and then doubled their lead with an unassisted goal from Jessica Campbell. Quinnipiac scored two minutes later as Erica Uden Johannson got on the board with an unassisted tally of her own. The two teams traded scores for the rest of the game and Quinnipiac was never able to find the equalizer, falling by a final score of 4-3. The loss ends Quinnipiac's NCAA chances while Cornell continues in their quest to win the ECAC double as regular season and tournament champions.

Three Stars of the Semifinals
1. Amanda Trunzo, Dartmouth (2 goals, 1 PPG, GWG)
2. Camille Dumais, Dartmouth (1 PPG, 2 assists)
3. Laura Fortino, Cornell (2 assists)

ECAC Championship
3. Dartmouth at 1. Cornell, March 5, 2011, Time TBD in Ithaca, NY
Cornell and Dartmouth split the series 1-1, with Cornell winning at home 6-1 and Dartmouth winning at home 4-2. It was the only league loss for Cornell all season.

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