HANOVER, NH – The Dartmouth field hockey team (3-4, 1-1) battled back from two separate one-goal deficits to come away with a 3-2 win over the Brown field hockey team (2-4, 0-2) on Saturday afternoon at Chase Field. It marks the second consecutive year that Dartmouth has come from behind to beat the Bears by a goal after last season's 4-3 overtime decision in Providence.
The Bears were led by freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) who had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) also scored, as both Rogers and Christus earned their third goals of the season.
Trailing, 2-1, with just under 11 minutes left in regulation, Dartmouth scored twice in a span of three-and-a-half minutes to come back for the victory.
The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 17:17 on Christus' third goal of the season. Sophomore Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ) started the play when she sent a long pass to Rogers at the top of the circle. Rogers executed a perfect pass to Christus on her left and Christus beat Dartmouth goalie Jenna Stearns with a shot to the far post.
The Big Green tied the game at 1-1 with 5:56 left in the first half, while enjoying a player advantage following a green card to the Bears' Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA). Ali Savage was credited with the goal with Rebecca Hu earning the assist after Hu's pass from just outside the circle was deflected by Savage from in front of the cage.
Brown regained the lead at the 48:30 mark when Rogers scored her third of the year. Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) dribbled up the right sideline and found Rogers in the middle of the circle. Stearns came out of the cage and stopped Rogers' first attempt. The ball came right back to Rogers, and with Stearns still lying on the tuft, Rogers patiently shot around a Big Green defender into the open net for the unassisted score.
However, Dartmouth would find the back of the net with just under 11 minutes left in regulation to tie the game at 2-2. Following an initial attempt by Liz Blanken that was saved by sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) on a penalty corner, the ball came out to Maya Herm at the top of the circle. Herm blasted a shot through traffic that beat McSweeney to the right corner for her first of the season.
The Big Green wasted little time in taking its first lead of the afternoon when Savage dribbled up the right side, and passed to Sam Anderson in the center of the field from the goal-line extended. With McSweeney on the right post, Anderson fired into the partially open cage to give the hosts a 3-2 lead with 7:30 left to play.
The Bears appeared to tie the game with 4:19 left to play when freshman Alexis Miller's (Caldwell, NJ) direct shot on a corner appeared to have been deflected into the goal, but was disallowed. Brown had another chance at the equalizer less than a minute later, but O'Donnell shot wide of the cage and that was as close as the Bears could get in the waning minutes.
For the game, Dartmouth held a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners. McSweeney finished with 10 saves, while Stearns made three for the Big Green.
Brown takes a break from Ivy League action and will travel to Quinnipiac for a 4:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, September 26th.
Pictured: Hannah Rogers '16. Photo by DSPics.net.