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Ali Savage Named Ivy League Field Hockey Rookie of the Week

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This is the third time this fall that Savage has been named the Ivy League's top rookie.     By John and Matt Risley

PRINCETON, N.J. - Dartmouth field hockey freshman Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her game-winning overtime goal Sunday against Cornell.

Savage scored just 48 seconds into the overtime period to lift the Big Green to the 2-1 victory in the final game of the season.

The goal was Savage's 12th of the season and came on a pretty pass from junior Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) on the right side on a 2-on-1 rush. The assist was Masini's 18th of the year and set up Savage to finish the play with a low shot into the left corner for the winner.

Only twice this season did Dartmouth go to overtime, and both times it was Savage that scored the goal to win. On Sept. 24 at Brown, it was Savage's fifth goal of the season that broke a 3-3 tie eight minutes into the extra period. It didn't take that long as Savage's final tally of the season came less than a minute into Sunday's overtime.

The goal helped lift the Big Green to a 10-7 record and 5-2 overall. Dartmouth will finish 2011 tied for third in the league standings with Columbia, a team that also went 5-2 this season.

This is the third time this fall that Savage has been named the Ivy League's top rookie, as she won on back-to-back weeks Sept. 20 and 27.