|FIELD HOCKEY GAME CENTER|
|Game 6: Dartmouth Big Green (1-4) vs. Bryant Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 - 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. - Chase AstroTurf Field
Last Time vs. Bryant: Sep. 25, 2011 - W, 5-2
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 4-0-0
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After three games away from Hanover over two weeks, the Dartmouth field hockey team returns home for Wednesday's contest with Bryant at 3 p.m. The Big Green faced off with some of the top teams in the nation over the course of their three-game road swing, taking on No. 3 Maryland and No. 2 Princeton in the most recent two games.
The Bulldogs make the trip to the Upper Valley for the fifth year in a row for their midweek tilt with the Big Green. The team shook off a four-game losing skid with a 2-0 victory last Friday afternoon against intrastate rival and Ivy League foe Brown. Junior Kayleigh Ballantyne and sophomore Rosie Bird sit atop Bryant's scoring output as both have six points in seven games. Bird has a team-leading three goals, while Ballantyne has four of the Bulldog's six total assists in 2012. Junior keeper Megan Hancock has played all 490 minutes in the goal, posting impressive figures in both save percentage (.767) and goals-against average (2.43). The Bulldogs have never defeated the Green and White in five all-time meetings between the two programs.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Dartmouth hosted Bryant last fall, a game that served as an informal introduction for the rest of the league to then-freshman forward Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia). Savage scored three times in the 5-3 win, recording her first collegiate hat trick. The Big Green dominated the afternoon, getting out to a 5-0 lead and outshooting the Bulldogs, 38-6, en route to their fourth win of the season.
MASINI STRIKES AGAIN
Senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) broke her team's stretch of 215:35 without a goal when she redirected a ball into the back of the cage in the 58th minute of play Saturday in Princeton. The tally, Masini's third of the fall, snapped the span without a marker dating back to Sept. 2 at home against Northeastern.
LEGER ON THE BOARD
Sophomore Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) got on the scoring sheet for the first time in 2012 with an assist on Saturday. Leger, an All-Ivy Honorable Mention Player as a freshman last year, was responsible for getting the ball onto Masini's stick that resulted in the Big Green's goal against the Tigers.
70 FOR THE FIRST TIME
For the first time this season, a Dartmouth goalkeeper went the distance in a game when senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) played all 70 minutes of action in the Ivy League opener. Stearns turned aside seven shots in the game as the Princeton attack kept coming all afternoon, finishing the game with 27 shots in all.
It won't be too long a wait for the team to get back out on the field again as Brown comes to Hanover on Saturday. The Big Green's Ivy League home opener is set to begin Saturday at noon from Chase Field.