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Savage's Four Goals Propel Big Green to 6-1 Win vs. Vermont

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - Sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) scored three first-half goals and added another in the second to lift the Dartmouth field hockey team to a 6-1 win against Vermont Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.

Junior Sam Anderson (Wilton, Conn.) scored once and assisted on the first two Savage goals of the afternoon. Anderson's goal came just 2:02 into the second half of play and extended the Big Green's (8-5) four-goal halftime lead to five.

Senior Jenna Stearns (Thornton, N.H.) got the nod in goal and made one save in her 35 minutes of play. With a comfortable lead and head coach Amy Fowler continuing her trend of splitting time between her keepers, sophomore Ellen Meyer (Prospect, Ky.) and came in for the second half to make four stops.

"It was good to have a chance to get all of our players out there as we prepare for the remaining Ivy League games," Fowler said. "We still have to work on playing up with teams we know we can beat; there should be no let down in our game. A win like today also helps our confidence as we get ready to go play a very good Columbia team on Sunday."

Savage, the current Ivy League Player of the Week, now has six goals in her last two games, scoring twice Saturday in the Big Green's win against Yale. Wednesday's four goals were a new career high for the second-year player, having notched a hat trick against Bryant during her freshman campaign.

The four-goal effort also pushes Savage into the team lead in both goals (9) and points (21) this fall, surpassing senior co-captain Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) who had previously led both categories prior to Wednesday's game.

With a 3-0 lead late in the first half thanks to Savage's trio of tallies, freshman Brooke Van Valkenburg (Garden City, N.Y.) knocked home a rebound with just 2:35 remaining to push the lead to four for the home team headed into intermission. Senior co-captain Maya Herm (Bethesda, Md.) was credited with the assist, her third of the year.

Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Big Green have averaged four goals per game as a team in that stretch, while holding opponents to just 2.38 goals a contest.

Senior Samantha McPherson (Ventura, Cali.) picked up her first assist of the season on Savage's third goal of the day.

Vermont's Emily Tilton scored with 4:35 left in the game to finally get the visitors on the scoreboard. However, by that time it was too late as Dartmouth avenged a late-game loss in Burlington last year with a 6-1 rout of the Catamounts in the 2012 meeting.

The Green and White once again dominated the scoresheet, outshooting its opponent, 24-9, while also earning seven of the game's 10 penalty corners.

Dartmouth will now get back into Ivy action as they head south to play Columbia in New York City Sunday at noon. Three of the four remaining contests are on the road with the lone home game left on the schedule coming next Saturday (Oct. 27) at noon against Harvard on Senior Day.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Vermont.............      0  1 -  1
 Dartmouth...........     4  2 -  6

  1.   5:13 DART SAVAGE, Ali (ANDERSON, Sam)
  2.   9:10 DART SAVAGE, Ali (ANDERSON, Sam)
  3.  23:35 DART SAVAGE, Ali (McPHERSON, Samantha)
  4.  32:25 DART Van VALKENBURG, B. (HERM, Maya)
  5.  37:02 DART ANDERSON, Sam (unassisted)
  6.  63:45 DART SAVAGE, Ali (unassisted)
  7.  65:25 VERMONT Tilton, Emily (unassisted)

 Shots: Vermont 9, Dartmouth 24
 Saves: Vermont 7 (Zygmunt, Stephanie 7), Dartmouth 5 (MEYER, Ellen 4; STEARNS, Jenna 1)