Dartmouth Big Green (5-8, 1-3 Ivy) vs.
Columbia Lions (6-8, 2-2 Ivy
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 11-6
Last Time: Oct. 21, 2012 – W, 5-2 (New York)

The Dartmouth field hockey team will host Columbia Sunday at noon in a game at Chase AstroTurf Field. The contest will serve as the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness/Pink Game to raise support for the work being done to fight the disease at places like Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Big Green needed a hat trick from senior Sam Anderson to escape Burlington with a 3-2 win Wednesday afternoon against Vermont. The Catamounts came back from a 2-0 deficit, but fell thanks to Anderson’s third of the day, coming in the 56th minute to break the tie.

Columbia comes to Hanover with a 6-8 overall record and a mark of 2-2 in Ivy play after upending Penn, 4-3, in overtime last Saturday. After beating Brown in their league opener, the Lions fell in four straight, including losses at Cornell and Princeton. Most recently, Columbia dropped a 3-2 game at home against Delaware this past Sunday. Leading the way offensively this season has been freshman Katie Rueserholz with 10 goals and 22 points in the 14 games. Christina Freibott has a team-best six helpers to this point as well. Four goalkeepers have been used this season with Kimberly Pianucci’s 13 appearances and 747 minutes of action far and away leading the group.

Tied 2-2 at intermission, it was three second-half goals that were the difference for the visiting Big Green on Oct. 21, 2012 in New York City. Senior Maya Herm and then-juniors Olivia Quaglia and Sam Anderson all found the back of the cage in the final frame to help Dartmouth seal the 5-2 victory. Anderson’s goal just beat the buzzer, coming with just three seconds left in regulation.

The team from the Upper Valley holds an 11-6 advantage in the 17 previous meetings with New York City’s Ivy League team. The two programs have alternated 5-2 wins the last two seasons with the visiting team coming out on top each time.

Against the Catamounts, three different players picked up the assists on Anderson’s goals. Ali Savage picked up her team-leading seventh of the season on the first with Maggie Scanlon earning her fourth and Brooke Van Valkenburg recording her second on the subsequent tallies.

Junior Ellen Meyer continues to come up big when she has to as she turned aside six more shots at UVM on Wednesday. Her 83 stops this fall are 34 more than her career high of 49 set last season and the most by any Dartmouth keeper since current volunteer coach Meagan Vakiener had 89 as a junior in 2010.

Sunday’s game will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network with the broadcast starting roughly five minutes before game time. Fans can also follow along with live stats and on Twitter with @DartmouthSports and @DartmouthFH providing in-game updates.

Sunday wills serve as the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness/Pink Game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of the cause. More information about the event can be found HERE.

Following Sunday’s game with the Lions, the Big Green will be on the road at Harvard the following Saturday, Nov. 2 against Harvard at 1 p.m. before a home tilt the following afternoon at home against in-state rival New Hampshire at 2 p.m.