Dartmouth Big Green (4-6) vs.
Maine Black Bears (7-6)
Location: Hanover, N.H. — Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Maine, 12-6
Last Time: Sept. 7, 2011 – L, 7-3
The Dartmouth field hockey team is back at home for another non-conference match-up with Maine on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Just the fourth home game of the season for the Big Green, they will be hosting a Black Bears team making their first trip to Hanover since the 2010 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth came away with a 2-0 win over UMass Lowell Friday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field, improving to 7-0 all-time against the River Hawks in the process. Goals from Maggie Scanlon and Eliza Becker were all the team would need at the offensive end of the field as junior Ellen Meyer would notch her second-career shutout at the other.
Since losing three straight to start the season, Maine has gone 7-3 in its last 10 games as it makes the trip to Hanover. Most recently, the Black Bears knocked off Northeastern, 3-2, at home on Sunday. Annabelle Hamilton scored the game-winning goal with 55 seconds left on a penalty corner play, breaking the tie and putting the team over the .500 mark for the season. Hamilton is the leading point (21) and goal (8) scorer, while she shares the team lead in assists (5) so far through 13 games. Sophomore Natasha Ford has been the go-to goalkeeper this year, posting a 1.88 goals-against average and a .697 save percentage in 855 minutes of play.
ALL-TIME AGAINST MAINE
In 18 all-time meetings between the programs, Maine has come out the victor two-thirds of the time. Three straight losses dating back to the 2009 season have been the most recent outings against the Black Bears with Dartmouth’s last win against Maine coming in the 2007 campaign when it won a 3-2 overtime contest at home in the season opener.
Senior Maggie Scanlon is about as automatic as you can be right now. The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native has found the back of the cage in six straight games after opening the scoring late in the first half against UMass Lowell on Friday. Coming into the season, Scanlon had just six goals in her career with four coming last fall. Now, she ranks second on the team in both goals (7) and points (15) this fall, establishing new career highs in both.
Like Scanlon, sophomore Eliza Becker has come on strong as of late. The second-year midfielder scored her third goal of the season in the UML contest, giving the Big Green some breathing room with a 2-0 lead in the 60th minute. She would also pick up an assist on the first-half Scanlon marker for her first three-point game. Currently she ranks third on the team in scoring with eight points.
Meyer, the team’s junior goalkeeper who has played every minute this season, picked up just the second shutout of her career and the first of the year against the River Hawks. The Prospect, Ky., native needed to make just one save in the game for her first shutout since blanking Penn, 2-0, at home on Sept. 29, 2012.
WHAT’S A TUESDAY?
Dartmouth has not played a game on a Tuesday in more than three years. The last time the Green and White met an opponent on the second day of the workweek was back on Oct. 12, 2010 when UMass picked up a hard-fought 5-4 double overtime win in Hanover.
After Tuesday’s game, the team will be back out on the road for a pair of games starting Saturday in New Haven against Yale at noon. The Big Green will then move on to Burlington and a Wednesday (Oct. 23) contest against Vermont at 3 p.m.