Saturday, Sept. 28 — 12 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Brown Bears (3-3, 0-1 Ivy)
Providence, R.I. — Goldberger Family Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 25-10-2
Last Time: Sept. 22, 2012 – W, 5-2

Sunday, Sept. 29 — 2 p.m.
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Holy Cross  (2-5, 0-1 Patriot League)
Worcester, Mass. — Hart Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 14-8-0
Last Time: Sept. 23, 2012 – W, 8-1

The Dartmouth field hockey team will play a pair of road games this weekend as it heads to Brown and Holy Cross. The Big Green begin with a Saturday (12 p.m.) match-up against Brown in an Ivy League battle before a non-conference meeting with the Crusaders on Sunday (2 p.m.).

The Green hit a snag with their third straight loss Wednesday afternoon against Bryant, falling, 4-2. The Bulldogs scored two quick goals at the end of the first half and midway through the second to put some space between themselves and the home team, holding on for their first win in the six all-time meetings between the two programs (1-5-0).

The weekend’s schedule has an eerily familiar feel to it and it should. This marks the fourth straight year that head coach Amy Fowler has scheduled her team to play Brown and Holy Cross on consecutive days. Beginning in the 2010 season, the Big Green have played these same two opponents one right after the other in late September.

Sept. 25 vs. Brown — W, 5-2
Sept. 26 vs. Holy Cross —W, 7-1

Sept. 24 at Brown — W, 4-3 (OT)
Sept. 25 vs. Holy Cross — W, 6-1

Sept. 22 vs. Brown — W, 3-2
Sept. 23 at Holy Cross — W, 8-1

Brown enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-3 record after a 4-3 win at Colgate on Sept. 22 snapped a two-game skid. Junior Meghan O’Donnell leads the team with five goals and 12 points, while senior Avery Burns and sophomore Anna Masini are tied atop the leaderboard with three assists. Masini is the younger sister of Lisa Masini ’13, the former captain of the Big Green and a 2012 First Team All-Ivy player. In the Bears’ goal, Shannon McSweeney has played every minute, posting a 3.33 goals-against average and a .767 save percentage mark to go along with her Ivy League leading 66 saves.

Twice the Dartmouth field hockey team battled back from one-goal deficits against the Bears last season on Sept. 22 in Hanover. Maya Herm tied the game at 2-2 in the 60th minute and Sam Anderson’s redirect goal three minutes later put the Big Green on top for good. Savage had a first-half marker and an assist on the game winner as Dartmouth improved to 1-1 in Ivy League play with the 3-2 triumph.

Holy Cross fell, 5-1, in a road game at Quinnipiac Thursday afternoon, dropping its overall record to 2-5 on the season. Molly Feit had the only goal of the game for the Crusaders, coming in the 61st minute after trailing by five. Both Feit and Lauren Sutherland lead the team in goals (2) and points (4) as Holy Cross has managed just six goals in its seven contests this fall. After opening with the season with a 3-2 win over Sienna, the Crusaders have been held to one goal or fewer the last six games. Goalkeeping duties have been split between Kat Matchett and Maya Langman with the latter playing in one more game than the former.

Then-sophomore Janine Leger picked up her first career hat trick as the Big Green knocked off Holy Cross, 8-1, at Hart Field on Sept. 23, 2012. Senior Lisa Masini and junior Maggie Scanlon had two goals apiece with Liz Blanken chipping in the other marker. Five different players had assists and Ellen Meyer turned aside six shots in going the distance in the Dartmouth cage for the win.

With a goal in the 65th minute of action against Bryant, senior Olivia Quaglia has matched her career high with her second goal of the season. Last year, both Quaglia’s tallies came in a single game at Columbia, while she had just one as a freshman in 2010

If Quaglia only took five games to match her career high for goals in a season, it took the same amount of games for her classmate Maggie Scanlon to get halfway there. A breakout 2012 season saw the Shaker Heights, Ohio, native tally four goals in 17 games. After notching her second of the 2013 campaign Wednesday against the Bulldogs, Scanlon is rapidly approaching her career mark.

Picking up assists on the Dartmouth goals against Bryant were junior Ali Savage and sophomore Brooke Van Valkenburg. In contrast, the assist was the third and 11th point of the fall for Savage, good for at least a share of the team lead in both. For Van Valkenburg, it was the first point of the season and the second assist of her career after picking up one last year (3-1-7).

Dartmouth will be back out on the road next weekend, heading down to the City of Brotherly Love for a pair against Drexel and Penn.  The Big Green will take on the Dragons on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and the Quakers from historic Franklin Field on Sunday, Oct. 6 in a rare 11 a.m. contest.