HANOVER, N.H. - Two Northeastern goals in the first five minutes and three in the first 10 proved too much of a hole for the Dartmouth field hockey team to dig out of Sunday afternoon in the home opener, falling 4-1 to the Huskies at Chase Field.
"I was pleased with how we battled today," head coach Amy Fowler said. "That is a very good team over there, but I think after the early going we really played them tough. We played to a tie in the second half and never really got down despite what the scoreboard said.
Senior Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) picked up her first goal of the season in the 52nd minute as part of the strong second-half surge by the Big Green (1-1) to get back into the game. Blanken's goal was the result of a nice initial pass from senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) on the endline to start the corner play. Her shot from the left side of the circle found a clear path through the defense in front and into the back of the cage.
Blanken finished with a team-high five shots.
Northeastern's (3-0) Crystal Poland scored three times on the afternoon, including the first and third goals in the opening minutes. She once again found the back of the net less than two minutes into the second half to put her team up four with her final marker of the day.
Much like the season opener on Friday, Fowler used both goalkeepers on the roster in the game. Senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) got the start before sophomore Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) came in for the final 35 minutes of action. Stearns made three stops in the first, while Meyer turned aside four shots from the Huskies in the second, allowing just one goal in that time.
Northeastern held advantages in both shots (18-10) and corners (10-7), while the Dartmouth goalkeeping duo recorded eight saves to Lizzie Priest's six in the Huskies' goal.
Dartmouth will now head out on the road for three straight games starting next weekend with two contests at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md. The Big Green will take on American (Sat. 1 p.m.) and the hosts from Maryland (Sun. 2 p.m.), before a Sept. 15 with Princeton in N.J. marks the trip's finale. They will be back in Hanover on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for a non-conference tilt with Bryant scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.