HANOVER, N.H. – Freshman Carmen Braceras scored with 1:37 remaining in regulation to give the Dartmouth field hockey team a 2-1 non-conference win Wednesday against Holy Cross at Chase AstroTurf Field.
Braceras finished off the offensive rush and a nice centering feed from classmate Katie Spanos to help the Big Green (4-10) snap a seven-game skid and hand the Crusaders (8-8) their second loss in as many days.
"I'm very proud of our team today," head coach Amy Fowler said. "They have persevered through quite a few things this season, but they have never stopped fighting.
"We knew Holy Cross would come to battle, and they did," Fowler continued. "We showed a lot of poise and many aspects of our team defense were very good! Every line stepped up and made some key tackles/stops and that always gives your team attack a chance to win games! This win gives us some much needed momentum heading into this back-to-back weekend."
The game was tied late in regulation thanks to a pair of goals earlier in the second half.
Holy Cross’ leading scorer Maureen Connolly knotted the score at 1-1 with an unassisted goal in the 51st minute, setting up for the late-game heroics from Braceras and Spanos.
Sophomore Hailey Valerio started the game and made four saves without allowing a goal in 50 minutes of play before freshman Emma Plumb came into the game for the final 20. Plumb allowed the Connolly goal on the first shot she faced, but was still credited with the win as she was in the game for the winner.
At the other end of the field, Crusaders’ goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante made 10 saves, while allowing just the two goals and being saddled with the loss.
The Big Green put forth possibly their best effort of the season, outshooting the opposition, 19-8, on Wednesday, including a 15-2 edge in the second half while seeking their first and then game-winning goal.
Dartmouth also held an 8-0 edge in corner plays in the game, a figure that was aided significantly by six in the final frame alone.
Dartmouth returns to action back on Chase Field Saturday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to Harvard in its final home game of the season as part of Homecoming Week. Following the game, the Big Green will honor three members of the Class of 2017 during Senior Day ceremonies.