HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth field hockey team used goals from four different players to pick up a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon against Rider in its 2017 home opener at Chase AstroTurf Field.
Junior Evie Bird and sophomore Carmen Braceras each scored in the opening half, while fellow sophomore Jocelyn Wulf and freshman Tatum Schultz notched one apiece in the second. The Schultz marker proved to be crucial as the visiting Broncs (2-3) scored three times in the final frame.
The Big Green (1-2) team that dropped its first two games of the season last weekend in Delaware seemed like a distant memory as they matched their scoring output from those contests in just the first 16:17 of Saturday’s tilt.
The timely second-half goals came from two players who had no previous experience finding the back of the cage as Wulf’s marker in the 52nd minute was the first of her career, giving the home team a 3-1 lead and sent the Dartmouth bench into a frenzy.
After Rider climbed to within one at 3-2, Shultz — a freshman — notched the first goal of her career as well. Katie Spanos’ initial shot was stopped by Rider goalkeeper Lena Vandam, but slowly trickled behind her toward the goal line. Schultz opportunistically jumped on the rebound, managing to push the loose ball into the net for what proved to be the game winner.
The Broncs made it interesting late, though, as Eline De Jong scored with just over two and a half minutes to play. The visitors possessed the ball and had a corner in the final minute, but were turned away by the Dartmouth defense as the Green held on for the one-goal win in the first-ever match-up between the two programs.
Dartmouth goalkeeper Hailey Valerio was strong in the first home start of her junior season, totaling seven saves in the winning effort. Vandam made four stops at the other end of the field.
The home team held a 19-18 edge in shot attempts, while the Broncs held the advantage in shots on goal, 10-9.
The Big Green are back in action for a second home game in as many days, hosting Bryant Sunday at 3 p.m.