Penn Comes to Hanover Saturday to Take On Surging Big Green
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Green (4-4, 1-1 Ivy)
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The Dartmouth field hockey team will return to the turf this weekend with a home game Saturday against Ivy League opponent Penn. The Big Green are coming off a 3-0 week that pulled its record back to .500 at 4-4 overall this season. The victories came at home against Bryant and Brown, before a road contest on Sunday saw the team dominate Holy Cross, 8-1, to round out the week.
The Quakers travel to Hanover for the first time in two seasons and currently sport a 5-3 record and are 1-1 in Ivy play, tied with Dartmouth for third in the league standings. After starting out the season 3-0, Penn lost its next three contests before bouncing back with wins its most recent two matchups at La Salle and at home against Harvard. The Quakers were blanked by Cornell, 3-0, in the conference opener on Sept. 15. Elizabeth Hitti, the current Ivy League Rookie of the Week, leads the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Senior Sarah Hasson was tabbed as the league's co-player of the week along with Dartmouth junior Maggie Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) for her play in those two wins. Carly Sokatch has played every minute in goal and boasts a 3.97 goals-against average along with a save percentage of .691 and 56 saves.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
After a rough stretch against some of the top teams in the nation to open the season, Dartmouth rattled off three wins in a five-day span last week to even its record. Having scored just five goals in the first five games, the Big Green offense exploded in the three victories, scoring 17 times, including eight against Holy Cross.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For her efforts in scoring three times and finishing with a team-high eight points, Scanlon was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. It was the first time that a Dartmouth player earned the weekly honor since October of last season when Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was recognized. It was also the first individual accolade for Scanlon in her collegiate career.
Sophomore Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored three times in the rout of the Crusaders Sunday afternoon. After a first-half goal built the lead to 2-0, Leger scored twice in a span of 57 seconds in the opening two minutes of the contest's final frame to complete the hat trick, the first of her career.
Getting the nod in goal and playing all 70 minutes, sophomore keeper Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) picked up her first career victory on Sunday afternoon. She was tasked with making six saves in the game, while allowing just the one against.
In Saturday's contest with the Bears, junior Sam Anderson (Wilton, Conn.) redirected a centering feed from Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) by the Brown goalkeeper for the game-wining goal with just 7:30 remaining. The late winner broke a 2-2 tie in the Big Green's Ivy League home opener.
LAST TIME AGAINST PENN
These two teams played last season at Franklin Field on the first day of October with visiting Dartmouth coming out on top, 4-2. In the game, four different players scored for the Big Green as they overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to notch its third league win of the year. Savage, Masini and fellow senior Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) each tallied markers in the contest.
FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION
DartmouthSports.com will have Saturday's game completely covered for all Big Green field hockey fans that are unable to come out to Chase Field. Live streaming video as well as live stats will be available online, while the official Twitter feed of Big Green sports, @DartmouthSports, will be providing live updates and insights from the action.
The Big Green will hit the road for a Wednesday tilt (Oct. 3) at Providence against the Friars with game time set for 3 p.m.