Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013— 12 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (1-2, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 6 Princeton Tigers (3-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Hanover, N.H. — Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Princeton Leads, 24-8-2
Last Time: Princeton, 4-1 (Sept. 15, 2012)
The Dartmouth field hockey team has just one game this weekend after last playing on Friday, Sept. 13 at Northeastern’s Dedham Field. That contest did not go as planned for the Big Green, falling, 5-0, to the Huskies in the non-conference road tilt. It doesn’t get any easier for Dartmouth as Saturday’s home opener features defending NCAA National Champion Princeton coming to the Upper Valley for a noon start.
LAST TIME OUT
Northeastern jumped on the board early and kept its foot on the gas pedal throughout, defeating the visiting Big Green by five goals. The loss marked the first time Dartmouth had been shutout since Oct. 7, 2012 when it fell, 6-0, to North Carolina, a team that would fall to Princeton in the national title game.
The Tigers come to Hanover for their first road game of the 2013 season following a four-game homestand to begin the year. Princeton needed overtime to knock off Michigan State, 2-1, last Friday night before falling to No. 13 Penn State, 4-3, two days later at Bedford Field. That loss to the Nittany Lions snapped the team’s 17 game win streak dating back to Sept. 23 of last season. It won’t be an easy weekend for the Tigers as they travel to Syracuse for a Sunday matinee with the Orange less than 24 hours after taking to the field in Hanover. Leading the way this season is Teresa Benvenuti and her eight points on three goals and two assists. Christina Maida has started all four games in goal and boasts a 1.62 goals-against average and a .684 save percentage with a 2-1 record.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE TIGERS
Princeton holds a 24-8-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Big Green. Last season, the Tigers held six of the seven Ivy League teams without a goal with Dartmouth’s Lisa Masini being the only conference player to find the back of the net against the eventual NCAA Champion. Princeton would win that game, 4-1, handing the Green and White its only Ivy loss of the season.
The last time Princeton came to Hanover, two streaks were snapped in a 2-1 Dartmouth victory on Sept. 17, 2011. It marked the end of the Tigers' 24-game winning streak against conference opponents and the first win for the Big Green in the series since the 2004 season. Leading the way that day was then-senior Kelly Hood, scoring both of the home team’s goals in the upset victory. That Dartmouth win remains the only conference defeat for Princeton since the start of the 2008 season (35-1).
Despite outshooting the Huskies by a wide margin last Friday night, the Big Green were unable to kick start their offense in the loss. In both losses this season, Dartmouth has outshot its opponent, including a 22-11 figure at Northeastern and 13-9 at Cal to open the fall.
DOMINATING THE CORNERS
Through three games this season, Dartmouth has earned 34 corners to opponents’ 12. Against UC Davis on Sept. 8, the Green held a 13-4 advantage, while earning 12 against the Huskies and giving up just five attempts.
Thanks in large part of the offensive outburst at UC Davis, juniors Janine Leger and Ali Savage find themselves near the top of some of the Ivy League statistical categories. Leger’s three assists that day put her at the top of the list with three other players. Savage’s eight points in three games have her tied for second among Ancient Eight players.
Dartmouth will welcome Bryant back to Hanover and Chase AstroTurf Field on Wednesday (Sept. 25) afternoon. The Big Green and Bulldogs will square off at 3 p.m. in the non-conference contest.