HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Ali Savage scored the lone goal for the Dartmouth field hockey team in a 7-1 loss to No. 6 Princeton Saturday afternoon. The contest was the 2013 home opener for the Big Green and the start of Ivy League play for both teams.
Goalkeeper Ellen Meyer turned aside eight shots in the game as the potent offensive unit of Saturday’s opponent at Chase Field continually tested the junior throughout the afternoon.
The loss was the second straight for Dartmouth (1-3, 0-1 Ivy), who will look to turn things around on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when it hosts Bryant at 3 p.m. in a nonconference tilt.
The defending Ivy League and NCAA National Champion Tigers (4-1, 1-0 Ivy) got things started early with Teresa Benvenuti scoring the first of her three goals on the day just 1:27 into the affair. Shortly aftermade it a 2-0 game, Savage broke through with the first shot of the contest for the home team which found the back of the cage in the 19th minute.
Sophomore Eliza Becker was credited with the assist as she and Savage put together a nifty give-and-go play before the junior buried the shot just inside the far post.
However, another Princeton goal before half and four more in the second stanza, including two more from Benvenuti, were too much to overcome for the Green and White on this day.
For Savage, the goal was the fourth of the season after she picked up a hat trick against UC Davis two weeks ago in Berkeley, Calif. (Sept. 8).
Despite the score, Meyer came up with key saves to keep things close for a majority of the contest. At the other end of the field, Princeton’s Anya Gersoff stopped two of the three shots that came her way, and was beaten just once by the Savage marker.
Princeton’s win continued its dominance of league opponents in recent year as the Tigers improved to 36-1 since the start of the 2008 season in Ivy games. The lone loss in that stretch came two years ago in Hanover as the Green defeated Princeton, 2-1 (Sept. 17, 2011).
NOTES: Saturday's game was played in front of a massive crowd (nearly 700) at Chase Field due in large part to an outstanding show of support from the student body. Another reason for the crowd was the Pioneers of Dartmouth Field Hockey Celebration which brought back to campus alumni from the program's four decades, including players from the original Big Green teams of the 1970s.