Savage Nets Another Hat Trick But Big Green Fall in OT at Penn
PHILADELPHIA – Junior Ali Savage recorded her third hat trick of the season and senior Maggie Scanlon scored her fifth goal in as many games, but the Dartmouth field hockey team was unable to hold off Penn while down two players in overtime, falling, 5-4, Sunday at Ellen Vagelos Field.
The overtime loss drops the Big Green to 3-6 overall this season and 1-2 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers move to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in conference games with the win.
Two yellow cards spread out between the end of the second half and the beginning portion of the overtime period saw the home team able to capitalize on a 7-on-5 situation. Emily Corcoran moved into the circle 4:15 into the extra session and managed to get the game-winning goal past junior keeper Ellen Meyer, who had put together a solid effort in the Big Green cage with nine saves in the game.
For Savage, her third hat trick of the season moves her into second all-time at Dartmouth, just one off the program’s single-season mark of four set by Rebekka Stucker in 2003. For her career, the Australian native now has five, also good for second, trailing only’12 and her six trifectas.
Currently, Savage leads the Ivy League in both goals with 10 and total points with 26.
Scanlon opened the scoring in the third minute with her sixth of the season. For the senior, the goal marked the fifth straight game in which the Ohio native had managed to find the back of the cage, building on her career-high season total in the process as she now has six in 2013.
The two teams would exchange the next four goals with Savage giving the Big Green leads of 2-1 and 3-2 all before 10 minutes had run off the game clock. Penn’s Jasmine Cole and Sunny Stirewait got the home team on the scoresheet in the early stages with markers that tied the game each time after falling behind.
Savage’s third of the day came in the 50th minute and pushed the Dartmouth lead to two, 4-2. Classmate Janine Leger picked up her fourth assist of the season on the play, setting up Savage by playing the ball in front from the right side.
However, two goals from the Quakers’ Elise Tilton two and a half minutes apart in the final 10 minutes of regulation pulled the home team even and set up for the first overtime contest of the season for the Green and White.
The final stats show large discrepancies in penalty corners (17-1) and shots (26-10) in favor of the home team, but Penn still needed a two-player advantage in the overtime to score the winner to sink the Green.
While Meyer turned aside nine shots in nearly 75 minutes of action, the Quakers’ Carly Sokach made just two saves and allowed the four goals.
Dartmouth will return home after four straight road contests when it plays host to UMass Lowell on Friday at 3 p.m. at Chase AstroTurf Field.