Dartmouth Big Green (0-2) vs. Rider Broncs (2-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Last Time: First Meeting

Dartmouth Big Green (0-2*) vs. Bryant Bulldogs (1-4*)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Chase AstroTurf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 8-1
Last Time: Sept. 8, 2016 | W, 3-2/2OT(SO) (Hanover) 

The Dartmouth field hockey team opens the home portion of its 2017 schedule with a pair of games at Chase AstroTurf Field this weekend. The Big Green kick things off against Rider on Saturday afternoon and follow it up with a game the next day against Bryant. 

The Green and White fell short in its opening weekend in Delaware against the third-ranked Blue Hens and then to unbeaten Longwood. The defending national champions took care of business, 9-1, on Friday evening before Dartmouth was felled by the Lancers, 5-1, on Delaware’s home field.

- After starting the season 2-0 thanks to wins against Davidson (5-1) and at Georgetown (3-0), the Broncs run to perfection was derailed at Drexel, 2-1, Tuesday night.
- Prior to Saturday’s contest in Hanover, Rider will take on Holy Cross in Worcester at 5 p.m.
- Allison Baligian leads the Broncs in scoring with seven points thanks to her team-leading three goals.
- Freshman Leana Vandam has started all three games in goal and boasts an impressive .850 save percentage as well as a 1.04 goals against average, figures that rank in the top-10 nationally already. For her efforts to start the season, she was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
This is the first all-time meeting between the two teams.

- Bryant has struggled out of the gate in 2017, going 1-4 in its first five games coming into the weekend. - The team’s lone win came on Sept. 1 against Brown in a road game played at the Bears’ Golberger Family Field, the facility the Bulldogs will be using as their home throughout the 2017 campaign.
- Before taking on the Big Green Sunday, the Bulldogs will play host to California Friday in Providence. - Junior forward Victoria Newbill is the team’s offensive leader, with five points and two goals. Alex Neumann is the only other player with more than one goal this season.

AGAINST THE BULLDOGS - Sunday marks the 10th all-time matchup between the two programs. Last season’s game in Hanover might’ve been the most exciting as regulation and two overtime periods did nothing to determine a winner, so a Sarah Tabeek shootout goal proved to be the difference in the Dartmouth victory.

After not playing with the team in 2016, junior Gemma Bautista returned to the lineup and scored the Green’s lone score in the Longwood tilt. Just the second goal of her career, the tally was also her first since the fall of 2015 when she was a freshman.

Junior Evie Bird notched the first goal of the season for the Green and White in 2017 with the team’s only goal against the Blue Hens. After not registering a point as a rookie in 2015, Bird netted three goals a year ago with last Friday’s score marking the fourth time in her career finding the back of the cage.

Junior Hailey Valerio stopped 13 in the opener against Delaware. Although saddled with the loss, the 13 saves marked the third-best single-game total in her career. The Pennsylvania native would go on to add 11 more stops in the Longwood tilt. 

Those looking to follow the action this weekend can do so by watching the game on the Ivy League Network (ILN). Both games will be streamed live and in HD on the conference’s online video service provider. Live stats will also be available through Fans can track all the action on Twitter as well by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH.

Dartmouth is back in action next Friday, Sept. 15 when it heads up I-89 to take on Vermont in a 4 p.m. contest in Burlington. The team returns home to take on Maine two days later (Sunday, Sept. 17) in a game set to start at noon.