NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In a battle of the two top offensive teams in the Ivy League, Yale lived up to its billing, defeating the Dartmouth field hockey team, 5-1, Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. Freshman Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) scored the Big Green's lone goal, her 10th of the season, in the loss.
Savage started the scoring, netting the opening tally nearly eight minutes in. The goal was the result of an attack upfield by the Big Green (8-5, 3-1 Ivy) which saw junior Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collect her league-leading 14th assist of the season.
That marker would be the last time the Dartmouth offense would find the back of the goal as Yale (6-6, 3-1 Ivy) scored the next five to earn the league victory and pull even with the Big Green in the standings.
It was not due to lack of effort that the Big Green weren't able to score after Savage's marker early on as the team had 28 shots in the game. Dartmouth had 15 shots in the first half and another 13 in the second, but Yale's Emily Cain was up to the task, making 13 saves in the win.
Senior goalkeeper Meagan Vakiener (Port Murray, N.J.) did her part in trying to keep her team in the game, turning aside a season-high nine shots from the Bulldogs' sticks.
Yale ended the first half with two goals from Georgia Holland and another from Jessie Accurso. The second half saw the Bulldogs continue to build their lead with Holland scoring her third of the game and Chelsey Locarno wrapping up the scoring with her second of the season with just over a minute left.
The loss was the first in Ivy play for the Big Green this season, dropping them to 3-1 and 8-5 overall. The team will now return home for a pair of games during Homecoming next weekend as Columbia (Saturday, 12 p.m.) and Boston College (Sunday, 3 p.m.) make the trip to Hanover.