NEWTON, Mass. - The Dartmouth field hockey team's run of five straight wins came to an end Sunday afternoon against No. 2 North Carolina. Playing at Boston College's Newton Campus Field, the Big Green were unable to corral their opponent's skilled group of forwards in the early goings, eventually falling, 6-0.
Dartmouth (6-5) had been winners of its last five contests, dating back to a 6-5 victory over Bryant at home on Sept. 19.
The game marked the third time this fall that the Big Green had squared off with an opponent ranked in the nation's top three in the most current rankings (Maryland, Princeton).
North Carolina (14-1) scored four first-half goals on 18 shots. Dartmouth was unable to get any continuous offensive pressure in the opening period, finishing with just two shots.
The second frame was a different story for the Green and White. After two goals in the first eight minutes made it a six-goal lead for the Tar Heels, it seemed as if Dartmouth finally began to settle into its game. However, by the time the Big Green really began to play with their opposition, it was too late.
All six UNC goals came from different scorers.
The Dartmouth defense limited its opponent to just 11 second-half shots, while themselves getting five on the North Carolina keeper, Sassi Ammer.
Junior Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) played the first 51:04 of action in the cage, making six stops in that time. Senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) came in with just under 19 minutes left in the game and weathered a barrage of shots from the second-ranked team in the nation, stopping five shots.
Two penalty corners late in the stages produced the team's best opportunity to get on the board. Those chances resulted in shots from junior Olivia Quaglia (Los Altos, Calif.) and senior Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) that Ammer turned aside.
The Big Green and Tar Heels were even with seven penalty corners apiece.
Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 at home when it plays host to Yale in an Ivy League contest. Game time from Chase Field is set for noon.