Sophomore Jenna Marks tallied her first career hat trick with a goal in each period to help the St. Lawrence women's hockey team down Dartmouth 4-1 in Hanover, N.H. on Friday night. With the win, the Saints are now tied with Quinnipiac in fourth-place in the ECAC Hockey standings.
"Another big effort by our team to find a way to win," Saints Head Coach Chris Wells said. "We scored some timely goals and made some great efforts to get them."
Although it was the Big Green that struck first and opened up a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a Devon Moir tally, they wouldn't stay in front for long.
Jenna Marks netted her first of three at the 17:51 mark of the opening frame after the Saints won a battle along the boards and played the puck to Dominique Korakianitis on the right point. Korakianitis fired a slapshot towards goal and Marks was there to redirect the puck past Dartmouth netminder Lindsay Holdcroft to knot the game at one heading into the first intermission.
Marks then gave the Saints the 2-1 lead 7:34 into the second when she one-timed a shot from the top of the crease and beat Holdcroft high glove. The Cottage Grove, Wisconsin native started the play when she dumped the puck deep into the Dartmouth zone. Linemate Kayla Raniwsky beat a Big Green defender to the wall and played the carom back in front of the net to the crashing Marks who put it away.
The third Saints goal came just four seconds into a power-play early in the third period after Dartmouth's Emma Korbs was assessed a penalty for tripping. Abbey McRae won the ensuing faceoff back to Rylee Smith on the left half-boards, who then backhanded a pass to the front of the net. Alex Moore – who was screening Holdcroft – was able to get a stick on it and redirect the puck into the back of the net to give the Saints a 3-1 lead.
"We have won two 4-1 games versus Dartmouth and they could have gone either way," Wells said. "We had some very fortunate bounces in front of our net and block some open looks."
Marks added an empty-net insurance tally to seal the hat trick with 1:23 remaining for the Saints fourth goal.
Carmen MacDonald turned away 32 shots on the night, including 15 in the first period to keep the Saints in the game. "She's played some great games in this rink and tonight was another," Wells added. "We look forward to Boston tomorrow."
The Saints will take on No. 6 Harvard at the Bright Hockey Center in Boston on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. for their final road game of the season.