WORCESTER, Mass. – For the second time this season, junior Ali Savage posted a hat trick in a victory for the Dartmouth field hockey team. The latest came Sunday afternoon in a 6-1 win at Holy Cross’ Hart Field.
A 2-1 game at intermission was blown wide open by four second-half tallies for the visiting Big Green (3-4), including two from Savage. The Australian native scored the first goal of the day in the 25th minute before adding her second and third in the 57th and 69th, respectively, to help her team defeat the Crusaders (2-6) on their home field.
Savage added an assist on classmate Janine Leger’s goal in the final minute of play for her seventh point of the afternoon, tying her season high. Savage’s previous hat trick and seven-point effort came in a 4-3 win over UC Davis on Sept. 8. The fourth hat trick of her career, it marked the first time Savage had been able to post more than one in a season after notching one in each of her first two years in Hanover.
For the second time in as many days, senior Maggie Scanlon found the back of the cage for what would prove to be the game winner. Matching her career high with her fourth of the year, Scanlon broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half with the go-ahead goal to give Dartmouth the lead it would never relinquish.
It wasn’t just another goal that saw Scanlon land on the scoresheet. The Ohio native also picked up a helper on the day’s first marker as she set up Savage in front of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Like Scanlon who had scored in Saturday’s thrilling come-from-behind victory at Brown, sophomore Eliza Becker also picked up a tally on Sunday afternoon. The second of her career came less than 24 hours after her first collegiate marker as she deflected an Olivia Quaglia shot past the Crusaders goalkeeper in the 66th minute.
Junior Ellen Meyer continued her winning ways this weekend with five saves in the game. At the other end of the field, Holy Cross went with starter Kat Matchett for roughly 58 minutes before being pulled after allowing three goals. Matchett was pulled in favor of Maya Langman who didn’t fare much better as she surrendered three Dartmouth tallies in just 12 minutes of action.
Another dominant display by the Big Green saw them own distinct advantages in both shots, 15-6, and penalty corners, 16-4. Included in that corner figure was a 12-0 second-half advantage that combined with Saturday’s 10-0 second-half advantage against Brown meant Dartmouth held its opponents without a penalty corner in the final 35 minutes of action in either game, while itself earning 22.
The lone bright spot on this day for the Crusaders was Lauren Sutherland’s goal in the 28th minute that knotted the contest at 1-1. That would be it for the home team as the Green and White pulled away for the fifth straight win in the series. Since Holy Cross’ last victory against Dartmouth in 2008, the Big Green have outscored the Crusaders, 30-3.
Dartmouth will once again be faced with a tough road weekend as it heads to Philadelphia for a pair of contests next Friday and Sunday. A non-conference affair with Drexel is up first on Friday evening (7 p.m.) before heading just a few blocks down the street to Penn’s Franklin Field for a Sunday morning (11 a.m.) meeting with the Quakers.