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First-Half Flurry Stands Up as Big Green Knocks Off Yale, 4-3

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - Saturday afternoon's game was more than just a 4-3 win against the visiting Yale Bulldogs for the Dartmouth field hockey team. The one-goal victory snapped a six-game slide to the Elis dating back to the 2005 season.

That stretch of tough losses to Yale is now over.

Four first-half goals by the Green and White (7-5, 3-1 Ivy) proved too much for the visitors, despite a fevered comeback bid in the second half to pull to within one for the Bulldogs (3-8, 1-3 Ivy).

"We found a way to win today. It may not have been the prettiest way, but it was a win nonetheless," head coach Amy Fowler said. "Historically, this was a big win for us. All of these players had never beaten them before today. I mean, 2005? We've beaten Princeton more since then, so for us this was a nice confidence boost moving forward."

Two of those four tallies in the opening half of action came from sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia). Her first of the afternoon was the result of a sliding deflection on a centering feed from senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The second followed a corner play and was set up by junior Olivia Quaglia (Los Altos, Calif.).

Sam McPherson (Ventura, Calif.) started the scoring 10 minutes in, knocking home a loose ball in the low circle. However, that early one-goal lead lasted just 52 seconds as Yale's Brook Gogel answered for her team, redirecting a long pass from Emily Shuckert.

Masini put her team up 2-1 in the 25th minute, finishing a corner play she started on the pushout by tipping a Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) shot next to the goal that found its way behind the keeper and off the backboards.

With Dartmouth leading by three in the second half, the Bulldogs looked to push the tempo a bit more with the hopes of tying the game. Markers from Jessie Accurso and Erica Borgo in the 47th and 63rd minutes, respectively, pulled Yale to within one.

That one-goal lead would hold up as the Big Green played smart in the defensive zone and eventually controlled play in the offensive end for the final minutes, preventing the Elis from getting the equalizer.

Senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) made one save in the opening 35 minutes before sophomore Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) stepped in for the second half, making four saves.

The Big Green held distinct advantages in both corners (12-5) and shots (15-9) to win its third straight Ivy League contest and sixth of their last seven overall.

The last time the Green and White took down the Bulldogs was back on Oct. 8, 2005 in New Haven, winning 4-1. It had been nearly 10 years to the day since Dartmouth took down Yale in Hanover, last doing so on Oct. 12, 2002 (W, 2-0).

Dartmouth will be back in action at home Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. when it hosts Vermont at Chase Field.