SERIES RECORD: Dartmouth, 21-14-4
LAST MEETING: The Big Green pushed their winning streak over the Crimson to three games last season with a 1-0 overtime victory in Hanover. A then-sophomore, Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the game winner with a nice move and shot to beat the keeper nearly six and a half minutes into the extra period of play.
HANOVER N.H. - The Dartmouth field hockey team will head to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m. in a battle between two teams with identical 3-2 Ivy League records. The Big Green dropped their third straight game Sunday, 6-4, to Boston College following a 4-2 loss the day before to Columbia.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard had been one of the five teams tied for first place in the Ivy standings coming into last weekend, but like Dartmouth, a conference loss in the first of back-to-back games cost the team dearly. The Crimson fell to Princeton, 4-1, at home Saturday afternoon before rebounding with a one-goal victory over Colgate, 3-2, Sunday. Harvard is led by freshman Noel Painter in all three offensive categories as she has eight goals, four assists and 20 points in her first season with the team. Junior goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos has played nearly the entire season in goal for her team, posting a goals-against average of 2.05 and a save percentage of .812.
Senior Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) snapped a three-game streak without a point in a big way against Boston College Sunday. Hood scored three times in the game, including two on penalty corners. Her second goal was a bizarre shot that ricocheted off a defender's stick high into the air, over the entire BC defense and landed in the goal.
It wasn't just Hood with a multiple-point game Sunday against the Eagles. Juniors Masini and Maya Herm (Bethesda, Md.) each had two points as they both assisted on Hood's two penalty corner goals. Masini, the league's top passer in terms of assists with 17, is the inserter on the play, while Herm is the stop on the set play.
NOT A SPOT START
Junior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) made her first start of the season in goal for the Big Green Sunday against BC. After coming in in relief of senior keeper Meagan Vakiener (Port Murray, N.J.) Saturday against Columbia, Stearns got the nod and made the start Sunday vs. the Eagles, recording three saves in the game and six on the weekend.
Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) scored the first goal of the game just 1:38 against Columbia on Saturday for her 11th of the season. Fellow freshman Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored her fourth of the season for the first Dartmouth goal Sunday against the Eagles. The two are the top first-year point producers on the team with a combined 36 points in 2011.
The Big Green will have one regular season game remaining after the Saturday tilt with Harvard. Dartmouth will play its 11th and final game of the 2011 season next Sunday against Cornell. The Big Green will celebrate Senior Day and honor four members of the team playing in their final home game in a Dartmouth uniform.