HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth field hockey team dropped a non-conference home game to Providence, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field.
Junior Evie Bird scored the lone Big Green (4-8) tally of the game in the 66th minute, but the Friars (10-5) had put together a strong stretch in the middle of the game that had resulted in a 3-0 edge prior to that Dartmouth score.
Izzy Mendez netted the first of her two goals on the day in the 29th minute, finishing off a nice rush from Maddie Babineau on the left side of the field, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at intermission.
Mary O’Reilly scored in the 44th minute to build the lead to a pair on a turnaround shot at top of the circle. Mendez’s second came via a rebound alone at the side of the cage, knocking down a waist-high ball into the open net for the third and final score of the day.
Bird’s goal was the result of a well-placed pass on a 2-on-1 rush with Katie Spanos. The latter hit the former with a pass in front of a defender backing up for a quick shot and a score. The helper was Spanos’ team-leading seventh assist of the year.
Making her first career home start, goalkeeper Emily Wechsler made five saves in the game. Megan Guilbert allowed the Bird goal on the final shot attempt faced, but the Providence goalie picked up the win, making just one save.
The Friars narrowly edged out the Big Green on corner attempts in the game, 8-7, thanks to two in the final seconds with the home team down a player.
Dartmouth continues its three-game homestand Wednesday against Granite State rival New Hampshire. Game time from Chase is set for 3 p.m.