Dartmouth Big Green (3-10) vs.
Holy Cross Crusaders (8-6*)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 – 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 16-9-0
Last Time: Oct. 28, 2015 / L, 3-2 (Worcester)
The Dartmouth field hockey team plays host to non-conference Holy Cross Wednesday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field at 3 p.m. It marks the final non-conference home game of 2016.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a 5-1 loss Friday afternoon at Columbia. Freshman Katie Spanos scored the team’s lone goal, while sophomore goalkeeper Hailey Valerio turned in a career day with 15 saves.
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS
The Crusaders play BU Tuesday before coming to Hanover the following afternoon. Prior to the game with the Terriers, Holy Cross had played 10 of its 14 games at home to this point. In the four games played away from their home field, the Crusaders are just 1-3 as opposed to 7-3 in Worcester. Maureen Connolly is the team’s top offensive threat, leading the way in goals (10), assists (6) and points (26). Emily Loprete is second on the team in all those categories with six goals, three assists and 15 points. In goal, Marcia LaPlante has started in 12 games and boasts a 1.73 goals against average and an .807 save percentage, the best figure in the nation among eligible keepers.
AGAINST THE CRUSADERS
These two teams played in a rainy, cold game at Holy Cross’ Hart Field last year with the home team coming away with a 3-2 win. Then-sophomore Anna Ewasechko scored a tying goal in the 63rd minute of play, but Connolly’s marker in the 67th minute put the Crusaders back up one and on the path to victory. Wednesday marks the 26th all-time meeting between the programs with Dartmouth leading the series, 16-9.
The Big Green’s lone goal at Columbia came from freshman Katie Spanos in the 29th minute. For the Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, native it marked her third goal of the season and second in as many games after she also notched a tally in the Yale game the previous Saturday.
Sophomore goalkeeper Hailey Valerio made just her third start of the season and the first since a Sept. 9 game against Bryant when she played all 70 minutes of the Columbia game. Valerio had her best day since joining the Big Green last season, stopping 15 shots. Her previous best had been eight saves, accomplished twice, including the team’s most recent contest against Yale when she stopped eight in 42 minutes of play.
Wednesday’s game will be carried live and in HD on the Ivy league Digital Network for subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will also provide live stats. Fans can also track all the action on Twitter by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH.
Dartmouth will wrap-up the home portion of the 2016 season on Saturday, hosting Harvard as part of Homecoming Weekend. The game is set to get started at Chase at 1 p.m. The Big Green will then head to Durham to play New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon.