Brown and Holy Cross on Tap This Weekend For Big Green
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Dartmouth Big Green (2-4, 0-1 Ivy) vs. Brown Bears (2-3, 0-1 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 - 12 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. - Chase AstroTurf Field
Last Time vs. Brown: Sept. 24, 2011 - W, 4-3 (OT)
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 24-10-2
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Game 8: Dartmouth
Big Green (2-4*) vs. Holy Cross Crusaders (1-7)
The Big Green will play their second and third games in five-day span after taking out Bryant, 6-5, Wednesday afternoon in an offensive battle. The weekend kicks off with the Ivy League home opener against Brown at noon on Saturday before making the trip south to Worcester to square off with non-conference Holy Cross Sunday afternoon.
Brown makes the trip to Hanover sporting a 2-3 overall mark and 0-1 record in Ivy play following a 4-1 loss to Columbia last week. Saturday's game is the first outside of Rhode Island this season for the team as they have played four home games with its lone road contest coming at Bryant in Smithfield. The Bears' offense has struggled thus far on the young season, averaging just 1.80 goals per game, while allowing 3.80 against, the second-worst figure in the league. Christus Clayton's two goals and five points lead the team, while Shannon McSweeney has played all 350 minutes in goal with a .740 save percentage to her credit.
In the second game of the weekend, Dartmouth will make the trip to Holy Cross for a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off a 4-0 road loss at Fairfield on Thursday afternoon. Carly Grimaudo leads the team this season in scoring with four goals and nine points. Megan Bourne is the only other Holy Cross player to score multiple times as she has two markers in the eight games played. Kat Matchett has played all but one half in the Crusaders' goal, posting a 3.07 goals-against average with a .697 save percentage. Holy Cross has yet to win a home game in five tries this fall.
After scoring just five goals in the first five games of the season, Dartmouth's offense found its rhythm on Wednesday afternoon, scoring six times from six different players. The last time the Dartmouth attack produced that many goals in a game came against Sunday's opponent as the Big Green defeated Holy Cross, 6-1, in Hanover on Sept. 25 of last season.
POINTS TO MAKE
Senior co-captains Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Maya Herm (Bethesda, Md.) as well as junior Maggie Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) all came away from the tilt with the Bulldogs with multiple points. Scanlon and Masini each scored once and assisted on another, while Herm was instrumental in setting up two others.
ON THE BOARD
Senior Sam McPherson (Ventura, Calif.) and Scanlon each scored their first goals of 2012 in the home win. Scanlon got on the board in the first half by burying a loose ball in the circle to make it 3-0. McPherson's huge blast from the left side also gave her team a three-goal lead as her first of the fall made it 6-3 with just under eight minutes left and proved to be the game winner.
Taking on the role as one of the Big Green players lined up awaiting the pushout from Masini on penalty corners, senior Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) has now scored two goals this season. Blanken had just one in all of 2011, but six games into this season has managed to find the back of the cage twice.
When the whistle blows to start Saturday's game with Brown, Lisa Masini will look up and see a familiar face across the field from her for the first time in her college career. Masini's younger sister, Anna, is a freshman midfielder with the Bears this fall and followed in the footsteps of both of her older sisters playing in the Ivy League. Oldest sister Kit graduated from Brown this past spring after a four-year run with the Bears' field hockey program.
TIME AGAINST BROWN
Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) scored eight minutes into overtime, Herm had a goal and two assists and McPherson scored once as the Big Green staged a come-from-behind victory over the Bears last September. Three separate times Brown took a one-goal lead only to see Dartmouth respond and pull even each instance until finally scoring the winner in the extra period for its lone advantage of the day.
TIME AGAINST HOLY CROSS
The day after the comeback win over the Bears, the Big Green returned home to take care of business against the Crusaders. Savage and classmate Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored goals just over a minute and a half apart in an early onslaught, while Scanlon and Masini added markers early in the second half as Dartmouth cruised to a 6-1 win, matching its largest margin of victory of the season.
After the trip to Holy Cross, Dartmouth will be back in the Upper Valley to take on Penn next Saturday, Sept. 29 at Chase AstroTurf Field at noon.
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