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After back-to-back home wins over Yale and Vermont, the Big Green will return to the road Sunday, travelling to New York City for a noon contest with Columbia. Both teams have identical 8-5 overall and 3-1 Ivy League records and are tied for second in the conference standings.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Dartmouth and Columbia as well as Cornell are the three teams in the midst of a logjam for second in the league standings. With the Lions and Big Green playing on Sunday, one will drop out of that tie. The Big Red have a road game with last-place Brown on their schedule Saturday at noon.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia has split wins and losses in it last six games. Its last outing saw the Lions drop a 1-0 game to No. 15 Drexel on a goal scored just eight minutes into the first half. The team's last Ivy League matchup was a tightly-contested meeting with Penn in Philadelphia, resulting in a 3-2 overtime victory for the visitors. Gabby Kozlowski leads the team with 20 points and nine goals, while Liz Malone is just behind with eight goals and 17 points. The Lions have used four goalkeepers this fall, but it has been Christie O'Hara playing the majority of the time (2.39 GAA, .759 Save%, 7-4-0).
LAST TIME AGAINST
These two teams last played on Oct. 22, 2011 in Hanover with the Lions coming out on top, 4-2. Ali Savage and Sam Anderson both scored goals, but three first-half goals by Columbia proved to be the difference in the game. Like this year, the 2011 meeting featured both teams tied in the standings with 3-1 Ivy League records. Dartmouth was 8-5 entering that game as well.
SAVAGE SCORES... AGAIN
Sophomore Ali Savage continues her mid-season scoring touch. Just days after scoring twice in a 4-3 win against Yale to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, the second-year forward scored four more times against Vermont on Wednesday afternoon. The four goals were a new career high, besting her previous mark of a hat trick against Bryant her freshman season.
JOIN THE FUN
Junior Sam Anderson and freshman Brooke Van Valkenburg added to Dartmouth's scoring totals with goals against the Catamounts. Anderson is now third on the team with five, while Van Valkenburg's tally was her third of the year.
The goalkeeping duo of senior Jenna Stearns and Ellen Meyer continue to do well for the Big Green in 2012. The tandem split time once again on Wednesday. Stearns started and made one stop in the first half, while Meyer came in for the second 35 minutes of action, making four saves.
For the first time since opening day, senior co-captain Lisa Masini is not atop the statistical leaderboard for her team. Savage's four-goal outburst helped propel her to the top of both goals (9) and points (21). Masini is by no means slacking in her offensive output, though. The midfielder ranks second in points (18) and goals (7), while leading in assists (4). Her seven goals this season are a new career best and are just two shy of her combined total from the previous three seasons.
Following Sunday's game, Dartmouth will be back in action next Saturday (Oct. 27) when it hosts Harvard at 1 p.m. The game marks the 2012 home finale and will feature a Senior Day Ceremony immediately following the game, honoring Masini, Stearns, Maya Herm, Samantha McPherson and Liz Blanken for their dedication to the team over the course of the last four years.