HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth field hockey team dropped its 2017 Ivy League opener to visiting Princeton Saturday afternoon.
The 17th-ranked Tigers (3-4, 1-0 Ivy) came away from Chase AstroTurf Field with a 5-0 victory, their third straight win in Hanover dating back to 2013.
The Big Green (2-5, 0-1 Ivy) were better than the score would indicate, but their solid defense could only do so much in holding back Princeton’s potent attack.
"Today we played a very high-level Princeton team," head coach Amy Fowler said. "They had exceptional speed and fundamentals to match. We competed today, but unfortunately, we did not create enough in our attacking end and we did not execute well enough on our outlets, which hurt our team attack.
"I thought Hailey (Valerio) had a solid performance in goal, facing a great deal shots. She was aggressive and stepped well to the ball," Fowler added. "We have a quick turnaround for our tough match against Fairfield on Wednesday, before heading to Brown for our second Ivy game next weekend."
Ryan McCarthy scored a pair of goals for the Tigers, including one of the visitors’ three in the first half as they carried a 3-0 lead into intermission. McCarthy also assisted on Clara Roth’s goal in the eighth minute that opened the scoring to give her a five-point day.
Jane Donio-Enscoe scored the final goal of the first half (33rd) and Mary Kate Neff had the opener of the second (52nd) to account for all five markers in the contest.
Despite not recording a save in the game, Grace Baylis was credited with the shutout.
The story of the game for the home team was the play of junior goalkeeper Hailey Valerio. Although allowing five, Valerio’s eight saves were usually game changers and of the spectacular variety. One of her final stops of the afternoon was a diving stick save to her right on a Princeton corner play.
Maddie Donahue helped out her goalie with a defensive save of her own, one of the many examples of the Big Green committing to team defense in their own circle.
In all, the Tigers held a 32-3 edge in shot attempts and a 17-2 advantage in corner plays.
Dartmouth begins a four-game road swing Wednesday at Fairfield. The Green are not back in Hanover again until Oct. 15 vs. Providence.