Dartmouth Big Green (4-10, 0-5 Ivy) vs.
Harvard Crimson (10-5, 5-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 24-16-4
Last Time: Oct. 31, 2015 / L, 4-1 (Cambridge)
Dartmouth Big Green (4-10*) vs.
New Hampshire Wildcats (6-10*)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 – 2 p.m.
Location: Durham, N.H. – Memorial Field
All-Time Series: UNH, 18-21-2
Last Time: Sept. 6, 2015 / W, 4-2 (Hanover)
The Dartmouth field hockey team will play two games this weekend, opening against Harvard on Saturday in the final home game of the 2016 season before heading out to Durham to take on in-state rival New Hampshire on Sunday at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a 2-1 win Wednesday afternoon against visiting Holy Cross. Carmen Braceras tipped in a Katie Spanos centering feed with 1:37 left in regulation to help the home team to a thrilling victory.
The Crimson are currently ranked 16th in the nation, but suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of 12th-ranked Boston College at home on Thursday evening. By becoming the first team in nine years to win an Ivy game at Princeton, Harvard is in the drivers seat to win the Ivy League, marking the first time since 2004 that the Tigers would not even claim a share of the conference crown. Senior Marissa Balleza has put together an impressive final season in Cambridge as she ranks second in the Ivy League in goals (13) and fourth in points (29). Goalkeeping duties have been split between Libby Manela and Olivia Startup with the former getting the edge more often thanks to an 8-1 record and a 1.20 goals against average.
AGAINST THE CRIMSON
Harvard has won the last two meetings, including a 4-1 victory last season in Cambridge with Eliza Becker ’16 scoring the lone Dartmouth goal.
The Wildcats will close up shop on their 2016 regular season Sunday against the visiting Green after taking on Maine Friday night in Orono in the team’s final America East game, trying to secure a berth in their conference tournament. Ashley Mendonca leads UNH with 11 goals and 24 points, while Gianna Bensaia has a team-high 13 assists before heading to Maine to take on the Black Bears. In goal, Kelsey Rudert has started all 16 games to this point with a 2.56 goals against average and a .640 save percentage.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS
Dartmouth snapped a four-game losing skid to their cross-state rivals dating back to 2011 last season with a 4-2 win at Chase Field. Heather Zezzo scored the eventual game winner in the 55th minute, while Rebecaa Hu chipped in with a pair.
YOU AGAIN… KIND OF?
After scoring in each of the previous two games, freshman Katie Spanos stepped up big with the assist on Braceras’ winner, coming in on goal after a long run and sending the ball to the front of the net for the perfect tip and go-ahead score in the final 100 seconds of play.
Head coach Amy Fowler went back to the two-goalkeeper system on Wednesday, giving Hailey Valerio the start before bringing freshman Emma Plumb in for the final 20 minutes. Valerio made four saves and didn’t allow a goal against, while Plumb allowed the one Holy Cross goal, but picked up the win as she was in the game at the time of Braceras’ late marker.
Following Saturday’s game, the coaches and staff will honor the accomplishments of three members of the Class of 2017 who will play their final home game against the Crimson that day. Heather Zezzo, Joanne Nazareth and assistant captain Paige Duffy will be recognized with a Senior Day ceremony in recognition of their contributions to the program over four years in Hanover.
CAREER SEASON FOR THE CAPTAIN
Coming into 2016, junior captain Morgan Philie had just one career goal in 34 career games. On Wednesday against the Crusaders, Philie notched her fifth tally in 14 games this season and her second in the team’s last three outings.
Saturday’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 conclude its season next Saturday in Ithaca against Ivy foe Cornell. The Big Green and Big Red meet at Dodson Field at noon.