WORCESTER, Mass. – Dartmouth junior forward Ali Savage tallied a hat trick and one assist, as the Big Green defeated Holy Cross, 6-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the win. Dartmouth improves to 3-4 overall, while the Crusaders slip to 2-6 on the season.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Big Green registered the first goal of the contest at the 24:47 mark of the game. Savage scored her first goal of the afternoon with an assist by Maggie Scanlon to give Dartmouth the 1-0 lead. Holy Cross, however, responded less than three minutes later, as junior forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) scored her third goal of the season in the 28th minute to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman midfielder Lauren Sutherland (Watertown, Mass.) registered the assist on Feit's goal. The Big Green rallied in the final minutes of the first half and went ahead 2-1 on a goal from Scanlon in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Holy Cross had a chance to tie the game in the 53rd minute. Senior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) ripped a point-blank shot from the top of the circle, but Big Green netminder, Ellen Meyer came out of the net and made the stop. The score remained 2-1 until the 57th minute, as Savage scored her second goal of the day, unassisted. Dartmouth then applied the offensive pressure, as it rattled off three insurance goals from the 66th minute to the 70th minute of action to put the game away. Eliza Becker (65:39), Savage (68:01) and Janine Leger (69:13) tallied the three goals to clinch the victory for the Big Green.
Meyer made five saves on the afternoon for Dartmouth, while Holy Cross goalkeepers, junior Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) and freshman Maya Langman (Crozet, Va.) made one save each. Holy Cross freshman defender Kat Nutting (Ashburnham, Mass.) made a defensive save in the 44th minute of action.
Dartmouth held advantages in shots (15-6), shots on goal (9-6), and penalty corners (16-4). Sutherland led the Crusaders with three shots on goal, while Grimaudo had two and McNeil had one shot on net.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when it will host Bryant at 7:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field.