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Field Hockey Shuts Out Harvard, 1-0, in Final Road Game of 2011

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By John and Matt Risley
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - All season the Dartmouth field hockey team has been defined by its offensive prowess, but a 1-0 shutout of Harvard Saturday at Johnson Field had the defense taking its turn in the spotlight.

Both teams entered the game with identical 3-2 Ivy League records, but Dartmouth (9-7, 4-2 Ivy) now jumps the Crimson (8-7, 3-3 Ivy) with Saturday's one-goal win.

Junior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) led the way in picking up the first shutout for the Big Green since the season-opening 5-0 win over Sacred Heart on Sept. 2. Stearns turned aside four Crimson shots in earning her first victory of 2011.

The lone Dartmouth goal came from junior Maya Herm (Bethesda, Md.) nearly 15 minutes into the second half. Herm dribbled out of the left corner and put a shot on net that found its way past Harvard goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos for the only tally of the game.

The goal was the fourth of the season for Herm.

Junior Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.)  picked up an assist on the goal, her third of the season.

Dartmouth dominated everywhere but the scoreboard in the game, outshooting the Crimson, 21-9, including 15-2 in the first half. The Big Green also held a distinct advantage in penalty corners, 8-3.

The only place where Harvard held a slight edge was the nine saves that Tassopoulos posted. Although she turned aside more shots in the game, Tassopoulos allowed one more goal than the Dartmouth keeper Stearns in picking up the loss.

The Big Green finish 2011 with a 3-3 mark on the road, including 3-1 against Ivy League opponents.

Dartmouth will return home for its final regular season game of 2011 next Sunday when it plays host to Cornell at 12 p.m. The contest will also mark senior day for four members of the team.