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Timely Goals and Strong Goalkeeping Help Dartmouth Beat Harvard

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By John and Matt Risley

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two goals early in the second half snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference Saturday afternoon as the Dartmouth field hockey team earned a 4-2 win at Harvard’s Jordan Field.

Senior Olivia Quaglia scored her sixth goal of the season, converting on a penalty stroke in the 48th minute, while sophomore Eliza Becker added her second of the day in the 54th to give the Big Green some insurance in their 2013 road finale.

The story of the game was not at the offensive end of the field, but rather in the Dartmouth goal as junior Ellen Meyer matched her career high as she turned aside 13 shots in earning the win.

Meyer was especially strong in the second half, stopping all eight Harvard shots she faced, preserving the team’s victory.

The win was the third straight for the Green and White, who improved to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play. Harvard drops to 6-9 overall and just 1-5 against Ivy competition.

Becker opened the scoring with her sixth of the fall in the 17th minute as she was set up by Qualia. The next tally gave her the first two-goal game of her career and three in the last two outings.

After the Crimson’s Bridget McGillvray tied things at 1-1 just four minutes later, freshman Jenna Schwenk notched her first collegiate marker to once again give the visitors the one-goal lead. Schwenk’s tally came 27:29 into the opening period.

The home team would waste little time in once again tying the game as Marissa Balleza sent the teams to intermission, scoring her 10th of the season just 1:54 after Schwenk’s first.

Despite being outshot, 27-10, including 15-3 in the second half, Dartmouth was able to capitalize on the timely scoring of Quaglia and Becker and rely on the steady play of Meyer in goal to pick up its third conference win of the season.

With one assist on the day, junior Ali Savage moved closer to the program’s single-season points record of 42 set in 2009 by Kelly Hood. The Australian native now has an Ivy League leading 39 points so far this season, good for fourth all-time at Dartmouth.

The Green will have little time to rest and enjoy this win as they return home to Hanover for a Sunday matinee (2 p.m.) with New Hampshire at Chase AstroTurf Field.