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Dartmouth Dominates Holy Cross, 8-1, In Offensive Outburst

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By John and Matt Risley

WORCESTER, Mass. - Three players scored multiple goals, including a hat trick from sophomore Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) as the Dartmouth field hockey team routed non-conference Holy Cross Sunday afternoon, 8-1, at Hart Turf Field.

The win was the third in a row for the Big Green and gets their overall record back to .500 at 4-4 (1-1 Ivy). The Crusaders (1-8) have not defeated Dartmouth in the last four meetings between the programs, while being outscored 24-2 in that time.

Leger's first hat trick helped her team to its best offensive output in nearly two years. After netting her first just 10:20 into the game, Leger scored twice in the opening two minutes of the second half, separated by just 57 seconds to cap her first collegiate scoring trifecta.

Senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and junior Maggie Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) each scored a pair in the win. Masini now has a team-leading six goals on the year after tallying just four all of last season, while Scanlon is tied for second on the team with three this fall.

Masini followed soon after Leger's markers with her two tallies just 2:07 apart in the early stages of the final period.

Scanlon bookended the scoring from Masini and Leger with the team's third goal of the game 13:20 into the first and closing out the Big Green scoring with almost 20 minutes left in the second. Her give-and-go passing play with Sam Anderson (Wilton, Conn.) resulted in the eighth and final goal of the day for the visitors. 

Scanlon also assisted on the first Masini goal for a five-point effort.

Liz Blanken's (Short Hills, N.J.) penalty stroke goal 9:23 into the contest sparked the offensive onslaught for a Dartmouth team playing its third game in five days. However, fatigue seemed to matter little as the Green and White had an eight-goal lead and its third win in as many tries.

Sophomores Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) and Rebecca Hu (Skillman, N.J.) each found themselves on the scoresheet with assists on Leger's first and second goals, respectively, with Blanken setting up the third.

Getting the nod in the Dartmouth goal was sophomore Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.). Benefiting from the stellar play in front of her, Meyer recorded six saves in earning her first collegiate victory.

The only blemish against the Dartmouth goalkeeper came when the game was already out of reach as the Crusaders' Kelly Burke scored on a penalty corner to make it 8-1 with nine minutes left.

The Big Green dominated the day, outshooting the home team, 24-9, as well as holding an advantage in corners, 10-8.

There is a bit of a break for Dartmouth compared to its hectic schedule of the last week as it will not play again until Saturday when it hosts Ivy League opponent Penn at noon.