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Field Hockey Falls at No. 16 Drexel

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By John and Matt Risley
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PHILADELPHIA – For the fourth time in as many games, senior Maggie Scanlon of the Dartmouth field hockey team found the back of the net, this time coming at Drexel’s Buckley Field on Friday night. However, Scanlon’s fifth of the season was the lone offensive highlight in a 6-1 defeat against the 16th-ranked Dragons.

The Big Green saw their two-game win streak snapped with the loss, falling to 3-5 overall. Drexel pushed its string of victories to six and an 8-2 mark so far in 2013 with the win.

The home team got on the board just 1:09 into the game on what was credited as a Dartmouth own goal. The lead was built to two just 15 minutes later on a Christina Conrad marker.

Scanlon cut the lead in half with her career-high fifth goal of the year, tipping a crossing feed from junior Ali Savage into the top right corner of the cage, beating goalkeeper Jantien Gunter in the process.

Savage’s assist was her sixth of the year, already giving her two more than her previous career best of four set last fall. Her seven goals and six assists have combined to give her 20 points, good for a share of the lead amongst all Ivy League players this season.

The Scanlon marker in the 24th minute would be the lone time Gunter was beaten on the night. In the waning minutes of the opening half, Drexel’s Rachel Sumfest pushed the lead back to a pair of goals with a tally, sending her team into intermission with a 3-1 advantage.

Three more Dragon goals went up on the board in the second frame as Drexel would take the contest by a final of 6-1. Friday marked just the second all-time meeting between the two teams and the first since November 2001, a contest the Big Green won, 2-1.

Dartmouth goalkeeper Ellen Meyer turned aside eight shots as play seemed to be tilted toward her end of the field all night as evidenced by Gunter needing to make just one save in 70 minutes of play.

The Green and White will now turn their attention to an Ivy League battle down the street at Penn on Sunday morning. The two Ancient Eight rivals will meet up at Ellen Vagelos Field in a rare 11 a.m. contest to round out Dartmouth’s weekend in Philadelphia.