PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The score may have been 3-1 in favor of the Dartmouth field hockey team when the final seconds ticked off the clock, but Wednesday afternoon's non-conference road game at Providence was over in the first 20 minutes of play.
Junior Sam Anderson (Wilton, Conn.) scored twice in a seven-minute span midway through the first half, bookending a goal from sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) as the Big Green jumped out to an early 3-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
The victory was the fifth in a row for a Dartmouth (6-4) team that had dropped four straight prior to this current streak of good play. On the opposite side, Providence (5-5) has now lost three straight.
Anderson's first goal of the afternoon and third of the season came 11:08 into the opening half as she redirected a cross from the right side of the net from sophomore Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa). The junior forward gave her team a three-goal lead just 7:18 later after taking a long pass from senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and finishing the play with a one-touch goal right out in front.
In between the Anderson markers, Savage continued to regain her scoring touch from a season ago, finding the back of the goal 16:50 into the game. It was her third of the season and second in the team's last two contests, both proving to be game winners.
A recent recipient of Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors, junior Maggie Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) was credited with her third assist of the fall as her centering feed was tipped by Savage in the circle for the 2-0 lead.
A three-goal outburst early proved to be all the visitors would need to quash any hope of a win for the Friars on this day.
Providence did managed to score once on the day, though, as Caitlin Malone opened the second half with a goal just 2:31 into the frame, pulling her team to within two.
However, as she has done for the last two weeks, sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) protected her team's lead and made it stand up for her third win in as many appearances. In the last 210 minutes of play, Meyer and the Dartmouth defense have surrendered just two goals, including a shutout of Ivy League foe Penn, 2-0, on Saturday in Hanover.
The Big Green dominated from the onset, outshooting the Friars, 16-4, including 8-0 in the first 35 minutes. Dartmouth also held a distinct advantage on corners, 7-2.
Meyer's counterpart in Providence keeper Kathi Weidman stopped nine shots from the visiting opposition, but was dealt the loss as the early surge of scoring was too much to overcome.
The win now gives Dartmouth the 5-4 all-time series lead after a 3-1 victory last season pulled the two programs even.
The Green and White now must turn their focus to No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The game will take place at Boston College's Newton Campus Turf Field. The neutral-site game is set for a noon start and marks the third time this season that the Big Green will square off with an opponent ranked in the top three in that week's national poll.
Dartmouth (6-4) vs. Providence (5-5)
Date: Oct 3, 2012 Attendance: 135
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Dartmouth........... 3 0 - 3
Providence.......... 0 1 - 1
1. 11:08 DART ANDERSON, Sam (LEGER, Janine) - cross from right side; deflection
2. 16:50 DART SAVAGE, Ali (SCANLON, Maggie) - delection off cross from right
3. 18:26 DART ANDERSON, Sam (MASINI, Lisa) - touched in front of GK after long pass into circle
4. 37:31 PC MALONE, Caitlin (unassisted) - dribbled into circle shot from middle
Shots: Dartmouth 16, Providence 4
Saves: Dartmouth 1 (MEYER, Ellen 1), Providence 9 (WEIDMAN, Kathi 8; TEAM 1)