HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth field hockey team defeated in-state rival UNH, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field.
"I'm extremely proud of the team effort put forth today," head coach Amy Fowler said. "We played a complete 70 minutes and it showed. I'm excited about the level of consistency demonstrated against a very good UNH team. We need to make sure we carry that into the weekend."
The Wildcats (5-10) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Bloem van den Brekel goal in the seventh minute. UNH actually held a 10-0 edge in shots before Dartmouth finally managed to send one toward the Wildcats’ goal.
Patience paid off, though, as the first shot resulted in a tying score from Bautista in the 24th minute. Philie then scored the go-ahead goal with no time on the clock on a corner play as time had expired in the opening frame. Evie Bird and Katie Spanos collected assists on the play.
New Hampshire tied things up 15 minutes into the second frame, but that only lasted less than nine minutes as Spanos put the home team on top once again. The sophomore got behind the defense and tipped a ball past a surprised UNH goalkeeper on a long pass from Philie at midfield for her sixth of the fall.
Just a minute and 44 seconds later, Bautista notched her second of the game on a redirect from Philie on a corner play. Sarah Tabeek picked up her second assist on the play, stopping the ball on the corner insert.
With just 1:22 remaining, UNH’s Rachel Bossi made it a one-goal game again, scoring on a tipped corner shot. However, time ran out on the visiting Wildcats with the scoreboard still showing 4-3 in favor of the home team.
The offense will get all the attention for their flashy scoring totals, but the backbone of Wednesday’s victory was senior goalkeeper Emily Wechsler and her nine saves. Several of those stops were the result of acrobatic plays from the team’s newest member to help her earn her first career win.
Shots ended 23-10 for New Hampshire, while corners were 5-3 in favor of the Green and White.
Dartmouth remains home, playing Columbia Saturday at noon in the team's next outing.