PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two delays for lightning. Two overtime periods. Two sections of shootouts. Three hours and 36 minutes of total time.
All for the Dartmouth field hockey team to come away from Saturday’s road game at Brown with a 3-2 victory.
The win was the first in Ivy League play this season for the Big Green (4-5, 1-1 Ivy) and their first since Oct. 17, 2015 at Yale. The Bears fall to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in conference games with the loss.
Dartmouth junior goalkeeper Hailey Valerio was spectacular, making six saves and several huge stops during the shootout including the sprawling save on Rachel Lanouette to preserve the victory.
Valerio was able to make the big stop after freshman Kira Koehler scored in Dartmouth’s top half of the seventh shootout round. But it wasn’t Koehler who was the visitors’ top shooter as Sarah Tabeek scored in the first and sixth rounds, respectively, to help the Green and White to the league win.
Although Valerio walks away from the contest as the winning goalkeeper, Brown’s Katie Hammaker was remarkable throughout, finishing the day with 11 saves. However, she allowed three in the shootout, the difference in the game.
Freshman Lia Constantine scored her second goal of the week and of the season in the opening minutes of the game before Brown’s Lanouette tied things up in the 31st minute and prior to the first of the two delays for lightning in the area.
Gemma Bautista scored in the 44th minute, but any momentum was once again quashed by a second delay. Anagha Nayak’s fifth of the season came soon after the resumption of play and would be the last in-game goal to beat either keeper.
Two scoreless overtimes followed. Although no goals were scored, there was no shortage of excitement as both teams had multiple penalty corners and attempts.
The shootout win was the first since Dartmouth defeated Bryant, 3-2, at home last year. Tabeek scored the winner in the fifth round of that stroke-off and is now 3-for-3 in her career.
Total shot attempts were 20-18 in favor of the Big Green, while shots on goal were 14-9. Both teams had seven penalty corners, with four coming in the 30 minutes of overtime for the Green, while the Bears had three in that time.
Dartmouth is back in action again next Saturday at Ivy rival Penn in Philadelphia. Game time is noon from the City of Brotherly Love.