Dartmouth Big Green (5-4) at Providence Friars (5-4)
The Big Green travels to Providence for a midweek contest with the non-conference Friars on Wednesday afternoon. Coming off a 2-0 shutout of Penn on Saturday, Dartmouth has put together a four-game win streak to move over .500 at 5-4 overall this season.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
Providence plays host to the suddenly-surging Big Green posting an identical 5-4 overall mark so far in 2012. However, the route to that record has been very different. The team opened the year losers of two straight overtime games, which was then followed by five consecutive victories. That streak was halted by No. 22 Boston College, 3-2, on Sept. 23 before the team dropped a 4-2 road contest to UConn less than a week later. Henni Tietze and Steph Guglielmo share the team lead with five goals and 14 points apiece. Caitlin Malone and Kaleigh Fitzpatrick are the leaders in assists as each has dished out six helpers this season. Kathi Weidman has played the majority of time in goal, posting a 4-2 record and a goals-against average of 2.18.
With the victory over Penn, Dartmouth pushed its win streak to four games. The Big Green have now put together streaks of at least four wins in four straight seasons. The common factor? Bryant. The Bulldogs have been one of those Dartmouth victories in each of the four streaks.
Just six days after earning her first collegiate win, sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) crossed another milestone off her 'to-do list', pitching a shutout against the Quakers. The second-year goalkeeper stopped all four shots that managed to find their way through a stingy Big Green defense and on net to earn the team's first shutout of the season and the first since a 1-0 win at Harvard Oct. 29, 2011.
Despite dominating the stat sheet in the first half, Dartmouth was unable to get anything on the scoreboard. A scoreless 35 minutes was all the team needed to refocus and come out strong in the second half as sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) fired a shot that found the top corner of the net just 51 seconds in for the eventual game winner. After scoring 12 goals as a rookie in 16 games last fall, the game-winning tally on Saturday was just the second of the 2012 season for Savage.
After Savage's goal stood as the lone marker of the game for roughly 24 minutes, senior co-captain Maya Herm (Bethesda, Md.) added to the home team's lead by blasting another shot by the Quakers' keeper, echoing off the back board for the 2-0 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
LAST TIME VS.
These two teams last met on Oct. 10, 2011 in Hanover with the Big Green coming from behind to earn the 3-1 win. The Friars took a 1-0 lead 21 minutes into the game before the home team was able to tie it just before halftime. Savage's ninth goal of the season 12:45 into the second proved to be the winner and Sam Anderson's (Wilton, Conn.) tally as time expired put the final exclamation point on the two-goal victory, evening the all-time series at four games apiece.
The Big Green's season of tests reaches its peak on Sunday afternoon. The next game following Wednesday's tilt in Providence pits Dartmouth against the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The non-conference, neutral-site battle will be the third time this season that Dartmouth will take on a team ranked nationally in the top three by the NFHCA poll (No. 3 Maryland, No. 2 Princeton).