Dartmouth Big Green (2-2) at
Vermont Catamounts (2-3)
Date: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 – 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington, Vt. – Moulton Winder Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 33-8-2
Last Time: 9.16.16 | W, 4-1 | Hanover
Dartmouth Big Green (2-2*) vs.
Maine Black Bears (4-2)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Maine, 17-5-0
Last Time: 9.5.16 | L, 7-3 | Orono
The Dartmouth field hockey team will play a pair of New England rivals as it travels to Vermont Friday and plays host to Maine on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green opened the home portion of its 2017 schedule with a pair of wins this past weekend, taking down Rider, 4-3, on Saturday and Bryant, 7-2, on Sunday to even their overall record this season.
- The Catamounts welcome Dartmouth to Moulton Winder Field on Friday afternoon with a 2-3 overall record after a 1-0 loss to Cornell last Saturday in the most recent game.
- The team’s two wins came against Siena (3-1) and a neutral-site game against Central Michigan (3-0).
- Landon Warren leads the team with eight points and four goals. Carla Godsman is second on the Catamounts’ roster in scoring with six points thanks to her team-leading four assists.
- Lena Benwood has been the goalkeeper of record all year with a 1.55 goals against average and a .758 save percentage.
Dartmouth holds a commanding 33-8-2 record against their Burlington rivals in 43 all-time meetings. Last season in Hanover, the Big Green came away with a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from four different players. Carmen Braceras is the only active player on this year’s roster to have scored one of those goals, though.
- The Black Bears last played on Sunday, doing so against Cornell. Unlike Vermont, Maine was able to get one past the Big Red defense as the game ended 3-2 in favor of the team from Ithaca.
- That loss was just the second of the year as Maine is currently 4-2 overall.
- Libby Riedl leads the team in goals (5), assists (7) and points (17), while Samantha Wagg is second in all three categories (5-3-13), except sharing the team lead in goals.
- Emma Cochran has been the starting goalkeeper all year and boasts a .731 save percentage to go along with a 1.29 goal against average.
AGAINST THE BLACK BEARS
A regular opponent in the last few years, Maine has beaten the Big Green in the last four seasons and the last seven match-ups. Dartmouth’s last win against the Black Bears came at home in OT on Aug. 31, 2007. In last season’s meeting played in Orono – a 7-3 loss for the Green and White – seniors Heather Zezzo (1) and Joanne Nazareth (2) accounted for all of the visitors’ goals.
WHAT A WEEKEND
Sophomore Katie Spanos put together a great weekend, registering an assist in the Rider game before scoring once and dishing out helpers on two others in the big win Sunday against Bryant. In all, Spanos finished the weekend with five points.
A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS
There were a lot of firsts to be had against the Broncs and Bulldogs for members of the Big Green.
- Jocelyn Wulf scored her first career goal Saturday. Fellow sophomore Katie Persin notched her first in a Dartmouth uniform the following afternoon.
- Freshman Tatum Schultz not only registered her first career goal against Rider, but also her first assist as well for her first multi-point effort.
- Gemma Bautista’s helper against Bryant was the first of her career, helping her to her first career game with both a goal and assist.
- Rookie Kira Koehler also scored and picked up an assist in the Bryant game, the first of either in her short time with the Green and White.
- Freshman Lia Constantine’s first career point came via an assist on Wulf’s goal in the contest with Rider.
MAKING THE SAVES
In the tight, one-goal win against the visiting Broncs, junior goalkeeper Hailey Valerio needed to turn aside seven shots in order to help lift her team to victory. Against Bryant, Valerio made just one save as her team’s offensive attack was strong, resulting in a 26-6 discrepancy in shot attempts.
Those looking to follow the action this weekend can do so by watching Friday’s game via UVMathletics.com and Saturday’s on the Ivy League Network (ILN). Live stats will also be available through the Catamounts’ website as well as DartmouthSports.com. Fans can track all the action on Twitter as well by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH.
Following this weekend against the Catamounts and Black Bears, the Big Green will begin Ivy League play against No. 15 Princeton next Saturday at home. Game time from Chase Field is set for noon.