Savage is now tied for the team lead in goals as she and senior Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) both have 11 this season for the Big Green (8-6, 3-2 Ivy).
Junior Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collected her 15th assist of the season on Savage's goal as her shot was kicked aside to the waiting freshman who buried the rebound for the early tally.
Columbia (7-6, 4-1 Ivy) scored three goals to close out the first half with the two-goal lead.
Sophomore Sam Anderson (Wilton, Conn.) scored her second goal of the season early on in the second half. Anderson buried a loose-ball rebound in a crowd in the low circleto pull her team to within one, 3-2.
That would be as close as Dartmouth would get with the Lions adding another shortly after Anderson's marker to once again make it a two-goal game, 4-2.
Head coach Amy Fowler pulled junior goalkeeper Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) in the final minutes in favor of the extra attacker to try for the two goals that would tie the game. Despite sustained pressure in that time, the Big Green were unable to pull even and dropped their second straight Ivy League game.
Senior Meagan Vakiener (Port Murray, N.J.) made two stops in the first half, while Stearns was credited with three saves in 33-plus minutes of action. Columbia's Christie O'Hara made nine stops in the game, holding off the Big Green down the stretch.
Dartmouth will have little time to dwell on the defeat as Boston College comes to Hanover on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest.