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Ali Savage's Record 4th Hat Trick Propels Big Green to 6-2 Win

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By John and Matt Risley
HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Ali Savage registered her fourth hat trick of the season as the Dartmouth field hockey team used five second-half goals to pull away from Columbia for a 6-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.
Savage's fourth hat trick not only tied her with Rebekka Stucker (2003) for the for the program's single-season record, but also with Kelly Hood ’12 for the most by a Big Green player in a career with six.
The four-goal win over the Lions also helped Dartmouth improve to 6-8 overall this season and 2-3 in Ivy League play. Columbia falls to 6-9 overall and 2-3 against Ancient Eight foes with the loss.
In all, Savage matched her season-high with seven points as she also helped set up sophomore Eliza Becker in the 57th minute on a corner play.
Senior co-captain Olivia Quaglia has two career two-goal games with both coming against the Lions following Sunday's victory. In last season's contest, Quaglia also netted a pair as the Big Green used three second-half goals to break a tie at half to earn the 5-2 win.
The 2013 edition of the Dartmouth-Columbia game looked similar as the squads were tied at 1-1 at intermission only to see the home team's offense wake up and dominate down the stretch thanks to two goals from both Savage and Quaglia in the second half.
With yet another dominating offensive display, Savage regains the Ivy League lead in points with 38, while trailing Penn's Jasmine Cole by one for the league lead as she now has 15 this fall, tied for the sixth-best mark in Big Green history.
With 37 goals in her Dartmouth career, Savage now sits alone in fifth, passing Laurie Khelokian ’90 (36) Sunday afternoon.  The 38 points so far this season rank sixth all-time for a Big Green player, but trail Hood’s record of 42 set in 2009 by just four with three games left to play in 2013.
It didn’t appear to be as evenly matched as it was based on examination of just the final score, but the teams were equal in both shots (16-16) and penalty corners (9-9) through 70 minutes.
One of the major factors in deciding the outcome was the play of junior goalkeeper Ellen Meyer, who turned aside seven shots in the game to earn the win. Columbia's Marlee Silverstein stopped three, but was beaten six times by Dartmouth shooters in being saddled with the loss.
The Lions actually opened the scoring 13:24 into the game with a marker from Christina Fribott. A Liz Malone goal would tie the game at 2-2 early in the second stanza, but that would be the only scoring for the visitors in the losing effort.
Dartmouth will take on Harvard next Saturday in Cambridge before returning home for a Sunday matinee with New Hampshire at 2 p.m.