Women’s Preview: Dartmouth @ UVM

One of the great sports journalists in BTV, Ted Ryan, posed a question after UVM swept Northeastern at Matthews last weekend: Was this the best weekend in UVM women’s DI/Hockey East history? I’d have to agree, but I think the best has yet to come. Plumer’s recruiting has been great in recent years (Gorecki, Valkama, Picard et al.), and now it’s translating into Ws.

It’s important to keep that momentum going, and right here is a winnable game. The Big Green are 2-8. One of their wins, interestingly, was an upset of then-#10 Princeton.

The list of good things about Dartmouth begins and ends with their goaltending. Robyn Chemago has been sensational, posting a .936 save percentage (10th in the country) so far to at least keep her team in games.

Dartmouth’s leading scorer is actually a defender, senior Eleni Tobano. The D is still very leaky, allowing around 33 shots per game, but it’s at least been average at not allowing goals (mostly because of Chemago).

Offensively, this team is…uh…not good. Only four teams average fewer goals per game than Dartmouth, and their leading scorer forward has five points. That’s not good.

This is a winnable game. If the Cats want to continue to open eyes around the world of women’s hockey, you’ve gotta win this one and you’ve gotta win it decisively and keep the momentum going headed into the winter holiday.

 

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