Dartmouth Big Green (2-4, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 17 Princeton Tigers (2-4, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Princeton, 27-8-2
Last Time: 9.24.16 | L, 4-0 | Princeton
The Dartmouth field hockey team opens 2018 Ivy League play Saturday at home against No. 17 Princeton.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green dropped a pair of games last weekend. A Friday road contest at Vermont went the way of the Catamounts, 5-2, before falling to Maine, 5-3, two days later on the familiar confines of Chase Field.
- The Tigers are 17th in the most recent national rankings despite a 2-4 overall record. However, no other team in the nation has had an early-season journey like Princeton as its first six games of the year have all come against ranked teams, including five in the top-10 and four in the top-5. Saturday’s game in Hanover is the first against a non-ranked opponent in 2017.
- The team’s two wins this year have come against No. 22 Rutgers (4-1) and No. 10 Maryland (2-1) in their most recent game.
- Ryan McCarthy leads the team in scoring (9) and goals (4), while Grace Baylis has been the goalkeeper for all 420 minutes of action, posting a 2.79 goals against average and a .658 save percentage.
AGAINST THE TIGERS
- These two met last season in New Jersey with the home team coming away with a 4-0 win.
- Princeton has won the last five games, dating back to the 2012 season. The Big Green’s last victory was a 2-1 triumph during the 2011 campaign.
- The last matchup in Hanover was a 7-3 barn-burner in 2015. Anna Ewasechko is the lone player on this year’s roster with a goal against the Tigers, scoring in the opening half of that contest.
TWICE IS NICE
- Sophomore Katie Spanos registered her first-career two-goal game, scoring twice on Sunday afternoon against Maine. The second-year player scored less than two minutes into the game and then again with a little more than five and a half minutes remaining.
- Spanos leads the team in scoring with 11 points, which is good for second amongst all Ivy League players to this points. Her five assists also rank second in the Ancient Eight.
Dartmouth might not be happy with the results of last weekend, but the continued pressure will eventually pay off. The Green and White are tied for third in the Ivy League in shots on goal (41) and shots on goal per game (6.83) this season.
Dartmouth ranks second in the conference in assists with 16, trailing only Harvard’s 18. In contrast, Princeton only has four total assists in six games played.
Junior Gemma Bautista is currently in the midst of a three-game point streak thanks to an assist against the Black Bears. Prior to that, Bautista had goals in both games against Vermont and Bryant.
BRACERAS BETTER AT HOME
Thanks to a tally against Maine, sophomore Carmen Braceras now has two scores this season. Both of those scores have come at home this season as her first goal of 2017 came in the team’s 4-3 win against Rider at Chase.
Saturday’s game will be carried live and in HD on the Ivy League Network for those with subscriptions to the conference’s video portal. DartmouthSports.com will also have live stats for those interested in following the updating figures from the field. Fans can track all the action on Twitter as well by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH.
Following Saturday’s game, the Big Green head out on the road for four straight games that won’t bring them back home again until an Oct. 15 meeting with Providence and the start of a three-game homestand.