NEW YORK – The Dartmouth field hockey team dropped an Ivy League game, 5-1, Friday evening at Columbia.
Freshman Katie Spanos notched her second goal in as games as the Big Green fell to 3-10 overall and 0-5 in conference tilts. The Lions pushed the visitors’ losing skid to seven games, while improving to 7-7 overall and 2-3 in league games with the win.
Spanos got the scoring started with her third of the season in the 29th minute, but the lead did not last to intermission as Columbia’s Maeve Doherty got the equalizer on a corner play after the first half buzzer sounded.
The home team put the game away with four second-half goals to pull away for the conference win. Columbia’s final marker came in the 65th minute from Katie Ruwsterholz for her 12th of the season, good for second in the Ancient Eight.
Dartmouth’s best player on this day was without a doubt sophomore Hailey Valerio, who started and nearly doubled her career-best mark for saves in a game with 15. Valerio’s previous high was eight, reached for the second time last Saturday against Yale in relief work.
Valerio made 11 saves in the opening frame to keep it a 1-1 game at the break, but, despite her best efforts, was unable to do much in the way of slowing the potent Columbia attack in the final stanza.
Dartmouth plays host to Holy Cross Wednesday afternoon (3 p.m.) in its penultimate home game of the 2016 season.