Dartmouth Big Green (2-5) vs.
Fairfield Stags (2-6)
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fairfield, Conn. – University Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 5-2-0
Last Time: 9.3.10 | W, 2-1 | Hanover
The Dartmouth field hockey team takes on non-conference Fairfield Wednesday afternoon in Connecticut.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green were bested by No. 17 Princeton, 5-0, in their 2017 Ivy League opener on Saturday in Hanover. The Tigers controlled the game from whistle to horn, but the home team was better than the final result would indicate, keeping the visitors at bay despite several periods of sustained offensive pressure.
- The Stags will use Wednesday’s contest with the Green and White as their final tune-up before beginning MAAC play Friday at LIU Brooklyn.
- Fairfield has struggled this season with a 2-6 overall record. The most recent game was a 3-1 loss to Cal in a game played at Quinnipiac this past Saturday.
- The only previous contest against an Ivy opponent this fall was a 4-3 overtime loss at home to Columbia on Sept. 10.
- Jacklyn Gallagher leads the team in scoring with six points on a pair of goals and assists. Four players are tied for the team lead with two goals each, while the same number are tied with a pair of assists as well. Gallagher happens to be the only player with a pair of both.
AGAINST THE STAGS
- Dartmouth and Fairfield have played just seven times all time with the Green holding a 5-2 edge in those games.
- The last time they met was Sept. 3, 2010 as part of the now defunct Big Green Classic in Hanover. The Big Green came away 2-1 winners, while the Stags bounced back to finish the weekend 1-1 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Missouri State the following afternoon.
IT ONLY HURT A LITTLE
- Despite being held without a goal against Princeton, Dartmouth remains third in the league this season in goals per game. The Big Green are averaging 2.57 per game and trail only Harvard (3.5) and Columbia (2.75).
- Dartmouth is also third in goals (18), assists (16) and points (52) amongst the Ancient Eight, behind only the aforementioned teams.
Sophomore Katie Spanos also remains in the top-10 in the conference in total scoring as her 11 points rank ninth.
- Although she surrendered five goals in a loss, the play of junior goalkeeper Hailey Valerio was not lost on coaches and teammates alike.
- Valerio was the backbone of a Dartmouth defense that was under attack all afternoon on Saturday. Her eight saves kept her team in it throughout and frustrated many Princeton players looking to pile on the points.
LEADING THE PACK IN BACK
Dartmouth’s five defensive saves are the most in the Ivy League this season as the group averages 0.71 per game. The Green are tied for eighth nationally in the statistical category.
Wednesday marks the start of a four-game road trip for the team from the Upper Valley. That swing will not see the team return to Hanover again until Sunday, Oct. 15 against Providence.
Wednesday’s game will be carried live on the Stag Sports Network. Fans can track all the action on Twitter as well by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH.
Dartmouth is back in Ivy League play on Saturday at Brown. Game time from Providence is noon and will be carried live on the Ivy League Network for subscribers.