PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Dartmouth field hockey senior Maggie Scanlon scored what would be the game-winning goal to cap a 4-3 comeback victory at Brown’s Goldberger Family Field Saturday afternoon.
With the scored tied at 3-3, Scanlon knocked in a loose ball to put the Big Green on top for the first time all day with just 1:52 showing on the game clock. The win snapped a three-game skid for Dartmouth, who improved to 2-4 overall and evened its Ivy League record at 1-1.
The win was the seventh straight against the Bears, who have not won a game in the series since the 2006 season. Overall, Dartmouth now leads the all-time series, 26-10-2.
For Brown, dropping to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in conference games came in heartbreaking fashion as it held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 during the contest.
After falling behind by two in the first 20 minutes of play, the Big Green got two quick goals from junior Janine Leger and freshman Heather Zezzo just 1:40 apart. For both, the tallies marked the first of the year, while Zezzo’s was the first of her collegiate career.
Shortly after tying the game, Dartmouth fell behind once again as the Bears’ Meghan O’Donnell put the home team up 3-2, a score that would hold up through intermission and the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Pushing for the equalizer, the Green and White would see another first-time goal scorer find the back of the cage as sophomore Eliza Becker notched the first of her career in the 58th minute, tying the game at 3-3.
That set up Scanlon for the late-game heroics as her third of the season and second in as many games gave the Green the ‘W’ needed to get back in the Ivy League win column.
Despite needing that goal in the waning moments to earn the win, Dartmouth was a force all day, outshooting Brown, 24-16, and dominating the corners, 18-4. The Big Green held an astounding 10-0 advantage in corner plays in the second half alone, a big reason they were able to mount the successful comeback.
Junior Ellen Meyer stopped five shots in the Dartmouth circle, including four in the second half, helping lead her team to the win. Her counterpart in Brown’s Shannon McSweeney stopped seven before being pulled at the end in favor of an extra player looking to tie the game.
Junior Ali Savage and seniors Olivia Quaglia and Sam Anderson all got on the scoresheet on Saturday, adding assists for the visitors.
Dartmouth won’t have much time to enjoy the day’s success as it will make the trip to Worcester, Mass., for a 2 p.m. contest Sunday afternoon at Holy Cross.