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Quaglia Scores Twice as Dartmouth Upends Columbia, 5-2, in NYC

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By John and Matt Risley

NEW YORK - Three second-half goals helped the Dartmouth field hockey team escape from New York with a 5-2 win at Columbia Sunday afternoon at Baker Athletics Complex. The victory now leaves the Big Green alone in second place in the Ivy League after the two teams entered the day tied at 3-1 in conference games.

Junior Olivia Quaglia scored twice in the win, her first career two-goal game. She had not scored since her first career marker on Oct. 2, 2010 against Penn.

Dartmouth is now 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. The team has won eight of its last nine games dating back to Sept. 19 and three in a row.

The Lions scored just 1:17 into the game on a penalty corner from Katie DeSandis. However that did little to damper the drive of the Green and White, answering back on a corner of their own from Quaglia 3:04 later.

Dartmouth then took the lead less than three minutes after tying it on Lisa Masini's eighth goal of the year, finding space over the shoulder of Columbia goalkeeper Christie O'Hara.

Another corner goal from the Lions, this time coming from Paige Simmons, with less than seven minutes sent the two teams into the intermission at 2-2.

But the second half belonged to the visitors on this afternoon in the Big Apple. Dartmouth outshot its opponent, 14-3, and scored three times to earn the win.

Senior co-captain Maya Herm scored what would prove to be the eventual game winner just 3:40 into the final period. After assisting on Quaglia's first, Herm found the back of the goal for the third time this season after being set up by sophomore Ali Savage.

Quaglia's second of the afternoon was the result of another corner play in the 58th minute, this time getting assistance from senior Liz Blanken with the helper.

Junior Sam Anderson put the icing on top of the impressive win with three seconds remaining, finishing a fast break alongside Masini.

Senior Jenna Stearns played all 70 minutes, turning aside five and improving to 6-3 this fall. O'Hara was tasked with stopping a potent Dartmouth attack and had to make 15 saves being saddled in the loss.

Sunday's win avenges a 4-2 loss last fall in Hanover for the Big Green when the two teams were tied in the league standings. This time, Dartmouth is the one who will move up in the standings, while the Lions drop to third.

Entering the weekend tied with Columbia and Cornell for second in the Ivy League at 3-1, the Big Green will now sit alone in second after the Big Red and Lions both dropped their lone contests of the weekend. Dartmouth trails only Princeton (5-0).

Senior Day and a game with Harvard are now on tap for the Green and White. The Saturday, Oct. 27 tilt with the Crimson (1-4) is the lone remaining home game on the 2012 schedule and is set to get started from Chase Field at 1 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.