Wednesday, Sept. 25 — 3 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Bryant Bulldogs (6-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Hanover, N.H. — Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 5-0-0
Last Time: Sept. 19, 2012 – W, 6-5

The Dartmouth field hockey team will play host to Bryant on Wednesday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field. The game between the non-conference opponents is set for a 3 p.m. start.

The Big Green fell to defending national champion and sixth-ranked Princeton, 7-1, Saturday afternoon in the team’s 2013 home opener. In the Ivy League debut for both teams this fall, Dartmouth junior Ali Savage was the only member of the home squad to find the back of the cage, netting her fourth of the season in the 20th minute of play.

After dropping the season opener, 8-0, to Albany, Bryant has been a team on fire, rattling off six straight victories. At 6-1, the Bulldogs are currently tied with Rider for the best record in the MAAC with no team yet getting into league play. Most recently, junior Rosie Bird’s goal in the 65th minute of play helped her team beat Missouri State, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. The win also completed the weekend sweep in the Show Me State as the Bulldogs knocked off Saint Louis, 3-2, the previous day. Bird leads the team with 20 points and eight goals, while Mallory Hancock has a Bryant-best five assists to this point. Goalkeeper Megan Hancock boasts a 2.85 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage in nearly 500 minutes of action.

These two teams met in a midweek contest last season in Hanover as well. In a wild affair, the Big Green came out on top, 6-5, holding off a resurgent Bryant team that scored four times in the second half. Part of the reason for that fevered comeback bid was Bird’s second-half hat trick. Maggie Scanlon, Brooke Van Valkenburg and Sam Anderson had three of the Dartmouth tallies on the day.

The Big Green are 5-0 all-time against Bryant, with the first meeting coming back in the 2008 season.

Savage’s goal against Princeton was her fourth of the season after she notched a hat trick Sept. 8 against UC Davis. As a sophomore in 2012, it took the Australian native 12 games to reach four goals, while it was in her sixth game as a freshman she hit that mark. That sixth game as a freshman in 2011 came against Bryant as Savage picked up the first of her three career hat tricks on Sept. 18, 2011 as part of a 5-2 Big Green victory.

Sophomore Eliza Becker picked up her first point of the season, setting up Savage’s goal against the Tigers. Part of a nice give-and-go play at the top of the circle from a corner play, Becker’s assist was the third of her career.

A busy weekend is on tap for the Green and White as Dartmouth will head out on the road for two games. The Big Green will take on Brown Saturday at noon in their second Ivy game of the year before making their way to Worcester to take on Holy Cross in a Sunday matinee set for 2 p.m.