HANOVER, N.H. - Taylor Hantman picked the perfect time to score the first goal of her collegiate career
The Dartmouth field hockey freshman scored 6:39 into overtime on Saturday to help the Big Green (6-8, 2-3 Ivy) to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over visiting Columbia (7-7, 3-2 Ivy) at Chase Field.
Trailing by two, the home team chipped away at the deficit with a goal in each half and the winner in the first overtime period to secure the team’s second Ivy League victory of the season.
“This is a huge win for us,” head coach Amy Fowler said. “What a boost of confidence heading into our final Ivy games and next week’s contest at Holy Cross. The team is on a mission to right ourselves from last season and we're on the right track do so.”
Columbia took a 2-0 lead on goals from Michelle Thompson and Danielle Buttinger in the 12th and 25th minutes, respectively. That lead was cut in half just 67 seconds after the Buttinger marker as Katie Spanos’ team-leading seventh goal made it a 2-1 game.
Stationed at the side of the cage, Spanos was left all alone to knock in a loose ball low in the slot as everyone’s attention seemed to be on Gemma Bautista’s apparent shot at the top of circle. The ball was sent through the sea of defenders to Spanos for the marker and an assist for Bautista.
Spanos would then factor into the goal that would knot things up at 2-2 in the 55th minute, making the centering feed to a streaking Tatum Schultz for her second career score. Carrying the ball up the far side of the field, Spanos managed to find space through the circle to slip a shot to Schultz for the quick shot in front of the keeper in the middle of the goalmouth.
Hantman’s winner was the result of securing a rebound in the middle of the circle, moving to the right and slipping a shot into the bottom right corner and beyond the the outstretched reach of Columbia goalkeeper Katie Dempsey and past a diving defender on the goal line.
The Lions finished with a 15-6 edge in shots on goal, but were thwarted by 10 saves from goalkeeper Hailey Valerio and a trio of defensive saves from Morgan Philie (2) and Jessica Valvano (1). Dempsey made just three saves in the loss.
Columbia also posted a 9-4 advantage in corners, but was done in by the second of Dartmouth’s two in OT that led to the game winner.
The Green and White are 2-0 this season in games that have needed extra time, knocking off Brown in a shootout last month.
Dartmouth is back in action Tuesday on the road against non-conference Holy Cross. Game time from Worcester is set for 6:05 p.m.