Dartmouth Big Green (4-7, 1-2 Ivy) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (4-7, 1-2)
Location: New Haven, Conn. — Johnson Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 23-15-2
Last Time: Oct. 13, 2012 – W, 4-3 (Hanover)
The Dartmouth field hockey team is set to travel to New Haven for a Saturday afternoon match-up against Yale in an Ivy League contest. Both teams have identical 4-7 overall records and are 1-2 in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT
Two goals in quick succession brought the Big Green back to within one, but a late insurance marker would help give Maine a 4-2 non-conference victory Tuesday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field. Those two tallies from the Big Green came off the sticks of sophomore Eliza Becker and senior co-captain Olivia Quaglia in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
The Bulldogs play host to the Big Green after a weekend split in Northern California. Yale posted a 3-2 win at Cal on Saturday, Oct. 12 before dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 13 Stanford the following day. A quartet of seniors leads the team on the scoresheet with Erica Borgo out in front with 17 points. Borgo has a team-best seven assists, while classmate Georgia Holland leads the way with six goals. Emily Schuckert (12 pts) and Gabrielle Garcia (9 pts) are the third- and fourth-leading scorers, respectively, giving Yale a distinct fourth-year feel on the stat sheet. Senior Emily Cain has started eight of the 11 games this season, but junior Heather Schlesier has posted the better numbers of 2.49 goals against and a .725 save percentage.
ALL-TIME VS. YALE
Dartmouth holds a 23-15-2 mark all-time against the Elis in 40 meetings between the two programs.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
The Big Green snapped a six-game losing streak to Yale last fall with a 4-3 win on Hanover on Oct. 13. Then-sophomore Ali Savage scored twice in the opening half as part of Dartmouth's four-goal outburst in the opening 35 minutes of action. Prior to the win, the Green and White had last defeated Yale in the 2005 season.
Both Princeton and Penn sit atop the Ivy League standings at 3-0, while the remaining six teams are all tied for third with records of 1-2. Included in that log jam for third are Yale and Dartmouth as the Green have knocked off Brown, while the Bulldogs bested Cornell.
For the first time since the Princeton game on Sept. 21, Dartmouth’s Maggie Scanlon was unable to find the back of the cage, snapping a streak of six straight games with a goal for the Shaker Heights, Ohio, native.
Eliza Becker scored her fourth goal of the season Tuesday against Maine. For the Lawrenceville, N.J., it marked her second in as many games. Her previous two goals also came in consecutive outings as she had markers against Brown and Holy Cross to wrap up the month of September.
QUAGLIA’S QUALITY DAY
Olivia Quaglia not only scored the first Dartmouth goal of the game on a penalty stroke in the 44th minute of play against the Black Bears, but she picked up an assist on the next Green and White goal just 2:18 later. Becker redirected Quaglia’s shot from the top left portion of the circle on a corner play into the netting, pulling the home team to within one, 3-2, and giving the Los Altos, Calif., native a goal and an assist.
FINDING HER RHYTHM
After registering at least one point in eight-of-the-first nine games, junior Ali Savage did not appear on the scoresheet in the recent two-game homestand. Despite that small drought, Savage still leads the team in scoring with 26 points, a figure that ranks third in the Ivy league.
A midweek game at Vermont follows Saturday’s contest against the Elis. The Big Green and Catamounts will meet up in Burlington on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. for Dartmouth’s final non-conference road game of the season.