Big Green Back at Home Saturday to Take on Yale
Dartmouth Big Green (6-5, 2-1 Ivy) vs. Yale Bulldogs (3-7, 1-2 Ivy)
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The Big Green will be back in action on Saturday as they host Yale in their third Ivy League home game of 2012. Tied for second in the league standings at 2-1, Dartmouth will look to get back on the right track after falling to No. 2 North Carolina Sunday in Boston.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale comes to Hanover losers of its last three contests. In those games, the Bulldogs have been kept off the scoreboard, failing to score a goal since a 3-1 victory at home against Sacred Heart on Sept. 23, a stretch of 238:40 without a marker. A team that has struggled offensively all season is led by junior Erica Borgo's five points (2g/1a). Mary Beth Barham is tied with Borgo as each have two goals this year, accounting for half of the team's eight goals in 10 games. It hasn't been easy at the other end of the field either as the Bulldogs have a league-worst 3.24 goals-against average.
IT'S A NEW FEELING
For the first time since Sept. 19, the Big Green comes into a game having lost their most recent outing. Dartmouth's 6-0 setback to UNC on Sunday afternoon snapped the team's five-game win streak. The last two defeats have come to teams ranked No. 2 in the most recent NFHCA national poll as the Green and White last fell to No. 2 Princeton on Sept. 15.
A season ago with a strong shot at the Ivy League title on the line, the Big Green fell, 5-1, in a road contest to the Bulldogs in a battle of the conference's two top offensive teams. Sophomore Ali Savage scored her 10th goal of the year, but Yale's attack proved too much as it scored three times in the first half and added another two in the second for the victory. The Elis went on to claim a share of the Ivy title, while the loss dropped Dartmouth into third in the season-ending standings.
After a string of strong showings from sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) over the course of the win streak, the Tar Heels' potent offensive attack proved too much Sunday afternoon. Meyer made six stops, but allowed all six goals in 51:04 of action. Senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) came in for the final 18:56 and was tested five times, turning aside each shot that made its way on goal. Both have played well for a majority of the season, splitting time for their team.
SAVING IT FOR WHEN IT
One player has scored 100% of her goals this season in the team's three Ivy League games. Senior co-captain Maya Herm has scored both of her two goals this season against league opponents at home, one against Brown (9/22) and another against Penn (9/29). She is the only player to have multiple goals without scoring in a non-conference tilt.
Senior Liz Blanken and junior Sam Anderson have stepped up their roles in the team's offense this season and through 11 games share the lead with two game-winning goals apiece. Anderson has made it count with her play this fall, making just one start in 11 appearances, but scoring goals when it matters most for the Big Green.
Dartmouth currently sits tied for second in the league's standings at 2-1 with Columbia and Cornell. Princeton remains the lone unbeaten team, while Brown is the only winless program. Penn, Yale and Harvard are all fifth at 1-2 in league games. Columbia and Penn meet Friday night in Philadelphia that is not reflected in this scenario.
After Saturday's match-up with the Bulldogs, Dartmouth will once again play at home in its next game, Wednesday against Vermont. Game time between the Catamounts and Big Green is set for 3 p.m. from Chase Field.
As always, DartmouthSports.com will have all of Saturday's coverage in one place. Fans can tune in to watch the live stream of the contest as well as follow along with the live stats provided. Those looking for in-game insights, information and goal descriptions should follow the Big Green's official Twitter feed: @DartmouthSports.