Weekend in Philadelphia vs. Drexel and Penn On Tap For Big Green
Friday, Oct. 4 — 7 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (3-4, 1-1 Ivy) vs.
Drexel Dragons (7-2, 0-0 CAA)
Location: Philadelphia, Pa. — Buckley Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 1-0-0
Last Time: Nov. 11, 2001 — W, 2-1
Sunday, Oct. 6 — 11 a.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (3-4, 1-1 Ivy) vs.
Penn Quakers (6-2, 2-0 Ivy)
Location: Philadelphia, Pa. — Ellen Vagelos Field
All-Time Series: Penn, 19-15-3
Last Time: Sept. 29, 2012 – W, 2-0
For the second straight weekend, the Dartmouth field hockey team will be on the road for a pair of games. After dispatching both Brown and Holy Cross last week, the Big Green will head to the City of Brotherly Love for contests with 16th-ranked Drexel and Ivy League foe Penn.
LAST TIME OUT
The Green used four second-half goals to power past Holy Cross, 6-1, on Sunday in Worcester. Junior Ali Savage scored three times in the win for her second hat trick of 2013 and the fourth of her career. She opened the scoring with the game’s first goal and then added another two in the second half to help seal the non-conference win. The day before, Dartmouth had battled back from an early two-goal deficit to pick up the 4-3 victory against Brown, earning the first Ivy League win of the season in the process.
SCOUTING THE DRAGONS
Drexel enters the weekend ranked 16th in the latest NFHCA poll and are fresh off a 2-1 win over Ivy opponent Cornell last Sunday in Ithaca, improving to 7-2 overall. Currently, the Dragons are on a five-game win streak dating back to a 2-0 victory over visiting Bucknell on Sept. 11. Leading the way this season in scoring is Elise DiDonato and her 12 points. DiDonato’s six assists also lead the team, while she ranks tied for second on the team in goals with three, behind only Meghan Plank. The coaching staff has been riding the hot hand of Jantien Gunter in goal all season as she boasts a 1.84 goals-against average and a .776 save percentage in 646 minutes of action.
LAST TIME AGAINST DREXEL
Dartmouth and Drexel have met just once before, a November game in the fall of 2001 in Hanover. The Big Green came out of that contest with a 2-1 win thanks to goals by Abigail Clark and Lauren Welsh. After the Dragons took an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the fifth minute, Dartmouth’s Clark wasted little time in tying the game in the 18th. Welsh’s team leading 16th goal of the year came in the 65th minute and broke the tie and proved to be the game winner as the Big Green finished the season 15-4 with the victory.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn will play host to Dartmouth in just its second Ivy League home game of the season Sunday morning. Fresh off a 4-0 loss to non-conference loss to Lafayette on Wednesday, the Quakers will look to regain their winning ways that saw them pick up four straight victories prior to the four-goal defeat at the hands of the visiting Leopards. Wins of 4-3 and 1-0 over Cornell and Harvard have Penn tied with Princeton atop the league standings at 2-0. Jasmine Cole has been a force so far this season, ranking as one of the top players in the Ivy League in both goals (9) and points (18). Not far behind is Emily Corcoran and her seven goals and 17 points, also finding herself in the thick of the conference scoring race through eight games.
LAST TIME AGAINST PENN
A defensive-oriented game saw Dartmouth edge visiting Penn, 2-0, in last season’s meeting in Hanover. Savage and then-senior Maya Herm scored the lone two goals of the game and Ellen Meyer closed the door, turning aside four shots and earning her first career shutout in the process. The win was the fifth in a row in the series between the two teams as the Quakers have not beaten the Big Green since the 2007 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
It may not have come from the league office, but Maggie Scanlon’s play over the course of three games last week earned her the DartmouthSports.com Female Athlete of the Week honor. The senior was tabbed after delivering both game-winning goals at Brown and Holy Cross, including in the 68th minute to defeat the Bears and cap the Dartmouth comeback. She also had a marker in the team’s midweek game against Bryant and an assist on Savage’s first goal against the Crusaders to finish the week with seven points.
A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS
Against Brown, two players who had yet to see their name appear in the goal scorers column of the stat sheet during their collegiate careers finally changed that situation. First, freshman Heather Zezzo playing in her fifth career game found the back of the net in the 24th minute against Brown to tie the game at 2-2. Next, it was sophomore Eliza Becker who scored her first collegiate goal, tipping in a shot to tie the game at 3-3 in the 58th minute, setting up Scanlon for the dramatic late-game winner. Becker added another the following day in Worcester as part of the four second-half goals the Big Green scored in the win over Holy Cross.
Dartmouth will finally be back at home after the four road contests when it hosts UMass Lowell on Friday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. The Green and White will also welcome Maine on Tuesday, Oct. 15 as part of the two-game homestand.