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Yale Scores Last-Minute Goal, Sinking Big Green in Ivy Contest

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By John and Matt Risley

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Less than a minute separated the Dartmouth field hockey team and Yale from overtime Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. However, the Bulldogs’ Nicole Wells refused see her team play the extra session, scoring the game-winning goal with 25 seconds remaining in regulation for a 4-3 victory.

Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Big Green (4-8, 1-3 Ivy) mounted a fevered comeback very early on in the second frame led by junior Ali Savage. The Australian native and team’s leading scorer netted a pair of goals in the 37th and 39th minutes to tie the game.

Senior Sam Anderson scored the go-ahead goal in the 43rd minute, giving the Green and White their first lead of the afternoon. For Anderson, it was her second time on the scoresheet in the half as she assisted on Savage’s second, while Maggie Scanlon was credited with the helper on the first.

Yale (5-7, 2-2 Ivy) would not succumb to Dartmouth’s sudden offensive outburst, tying the game in the 49th minute when Danne Fitzgerald was able to find the back of the cage for the second time in the afternoon. It was Fitzgerald’s first of the contest coming in the 30th minute that built the lead to two at half after Georgia Holland gave the home team a 1-0 lead 6:38 into the game.

A lengthy period of defensive field hockey followed the four-goal frenzy from both teams, setting up for the last-minute dramatics.

Thanks in large part to a strong second half from Yale, Dartmouth goalkeeper Ellen Meyer posted a new career high in saves, making 13 in the game. Meyer also benefited from a team effort in their own zone as the Big Green were credited with five defensive saves.

The Elis split goalkeeping duties between starter Heather Schlesier (10 saves, 55:38) and Emily Cain (1 save, 14:22) with the latter earning the win.

Yale outshot Dartmouth, 28-20, including a 19-7 figure in the second half.

The distribution of penalty corners was an anomaly in the game with the Big Green earning 10 in the first half to the Bulldogs’ two, while the home team had 10 in the final frame with Dartmouth managing just one.

The Green and White will head to Burlington on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. match-up with regional rival Vermont in the final non-conference road game of the season.