UMass Lowell Battles Dartmouth Field Hockey in Friday Matinee
Friday, Oct. 11 — 3 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (3-6) vs.
UMass Lowell River Hawks (1-11)
Location: Hanover, N.H. — Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 6-0
Last Time: Sept. 22, 1992 – W, 5-0
The Dartmouth field hockey team returns home to Hanover for the first time in more than two weeks for Friday’s meeting with UMass Lowell at 3 p.m. The Big Green have played just two home games so far this season, while taking to the road for six contests to this point.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth held a two-goal lead with less than 10 minutes remaining Sunday at Penn, but fell in overtime, 5-4, as Elise Tilton scored both tallies for the Quakers to force the extra period. Emily Corcoran would end it for the home team with a marker 4:15 into the OT with Penn on 7-on-5 advantage after two yellow cards were issued to Big Green players.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
Making its Division I debut in 2013, UMass Lowell has hit a bit of a bump in the road so far this fall. Coming into Friday’s game in Hanover, the River Hawks are just 1-11 overall and have been outscored, 45-11, in that time. The most recent loss came Wednesday evening to Harvard, 4-0. Friday will mark the third of four straight games against Ivy League opponents for UML as it has lost to Columbia and Harvard with a Sunday afternoon game against Penn in New Haven still on tap. Melissa Effertz leads the team with four goals and eight points with Georgia Cowderoy in second, scoring three goals and posting seven points. With the play shifted in her direction a majority of the time this fall, goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins has been forced to make 90 saves, while boasting a 3.75 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage figure.
ALL-TIME AGAINST UMASS LOWELL
It’s been 21 years since these two teams last met. In the last outing between the two programs back on Sept. 22, 1992, the Big Green came away with a 5-0 win, pushing their all-time series advantage to 6-0.
For her efforts in picking up her third hat trick of the season, junior Ali Savage was rewarded as the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Princeton’s Cassidy Arner. The player of the week recognition was the second of the season and fourth of her career, while she also earned three rookie of the week accolades as a freshman in 2011.
LEADING THE WAY
In addition to her weekly honor from the league office, Savage is also garnering attention on the national level as she leads all Division I players in points per game so far this season. Through nine games, Savage is putting up 2.89 points per contest, the top mark by any player in the country. The junior is also the Ivy League leader in points (26), while sharing the lead in goals (10) and one off the top figure for assists (6).
Senior Maggie Scanlon is currently riding the hottest streak of her career. Coming into the season, Scanlon’s previous career high for goals in a season was four, a figure she set last fall. However, the Shaker Heights, Ohio, native has found her scoring touch as she has goals in each of the last five games dating back to Sept. 25 vs. Bryant. For the year, Scanlon has six goals and ranks second on the team in scoring with 13 points, also a career high.
With another assist Sunday at Penn, senior Sam Anderson has helpers in three of the last four Dartmouth games. Just one assist shy of her career-best mark of four set last fall, Anderson has eight regular season games remaining to eclipse that figure.
WHAT’S THE NUMBER OF THE BOTTLE OF KETCHUP?
Junior Ellen Meyer turned aside 17 shots in the two-game Philadelphia road swing last weekend. That pushes her season total to 57, which ranks fourth among all Ivy League goalkeepers this season, while surpassing her previous single-season high of 49 set in 2012.
A short turnaround sees Dartmouth back at home on Tuesday as non-conference Maine makes its way to Hanover for another 3 p.m. tilt.