Dartmouth Big Green (7-5) vs. Vermont Catamounts (1-13)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 - 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. - Chase AstroTurf Field
Last Time vs. Vermont: Sept. 28, 2011 - L, 4-3
Last Win vs. Vermont: Oct. 31, 2010 - W, 9-4
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 29-8-2
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The Big Green got back on the right track Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 victory against Ivy League foe Yale. The win was the first against Yale since 2005 and the first at home vs. the Bulldogs since 2002. But, it was much more than just snapping a six-game skid to the Elis, the one-goal win was the third straight against conference opponents and keeps the team in a tie for second place in the standings at 3-1.
STICK IT TO CANCER
Wednesday's game is also going to be played in remembrance of Vermont's Stirling Winder and part of the national Stick it to Cancer campaign. Winder is a former Catamount field hockey player who passed away in July after a courageous battle with osteosarcoma bone cancer. There will be "Stirling Strong" t-shirts and bracelets for sale with proceeds going to Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Stirling A. Winder Fund.
It's been a rough go of it in 2012 for Vermont as the team comes to Hanover with a 1-13 record. After starting the season 0-8, the team finally got a 'W' with 1-0 win over Siena at home on Sept. 23. However, that has been the lone bright spot this fall as the Catamounts have dropped their last five since, including a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Yale Sunday in Burlington. Whitlee Burghardt gave her team a 2-1 lead with just 3:22 remaining, but a Bulldogs' goal with 27 seconds left was followed by an OT winner 2:40 into the extra session for the heartbreaking loss. Alana Izzo leads the team with 10 points and four assists, while Kelsey Bonner has a team-best four goals. Stephanie Zygmunt has started all 14 games, posting a 3.55 goals-against average and a .738 save percentage.
For the first time this season, sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) found the back of the goal twice in a game when she scored twice against Yale. Her two goals came just 3:04 apart and put her team up 4-1 headed into half time. It was her first multi-goal game since netting a hat trick last season against Bryant on Sept. 18, 2011.
LAST TIME AGAINST
These two teams last met on Sept. 28, 2011 with the Catamounts picking up the 4-3 home win in Burlington. Savage scored and assisted on another, as did Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Kelly Hood '12, but it wasn't enough to overcome a late Vermont goal with 54 seconds remaining to pick up the win.
FINE FIRST HALF
For just the second time this season, Dartmouth found the back of the goal four times in the first half on Saturday. The four first-half tallies equaled the Big Green's output against Bryant in the first 35 minutes of action on Sept. 19. The team's best offensive output for a half this season came when it scored five times in the second at Holy Cross on Sept. 23.
Masini's goal and assist against the Bulldogs mean she is not only the team's leader in overall points with 18, but she also leads the team in both goals (7) and assists (4) in her final season with the team. She redirected a Liz Blanken (Short Hills, N.J.) shot on a corner and set up Savage's first of the day with a long centering feed to go along with solid play in the midfield against Yale.
GETTING IT STARTED
Senior Samantha McPherson (Ventura, Calif.) got the scoring started for Dartmouth, knocking home a loose ball in the low circle to put her team up 1-0. The goal was her second of the season with both coming at home (Bryant).
After Wednesday's non-conference tilt, the Big Green will head out for just its second Ivy League road game of the season. Dartmouth will square off with Columbia in New York Sunday at noon.
As always, DartmouthSports.com will have all of Wednesday's coverage in one place. Fans can tune in to watch the live stream of the contest as well as follow along with the live stats provided. Those looking for in-game insights, information and goal descriptions should follow the Big Green's official Twitter feed: @DartmouthSports.