September 27, 2013

Field Hockey Hosts Dartmouth in Ivy League Home Opener on Saturday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Saturday's home contest against Dartmouth gives the Brown field hockey team the chance to do two things it has not done since 2006: win its Ivy League home opener and beat the Big Green. The Bears, now 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Ancient Eight play, last defeated Dartmouth on Sep. 9, 2006, in a 2-0 decision in Hanover, N.H., and less than two weeks later took down Harvard, 1-0, in their Ivy home opener on Warner Roof. Brown and the Big Green face off for the 38th time in series history on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Goldberger Family Field.

Fans unable to make it to the game can watch live video on Brownbears.TV or follow the action with Live Stats.

SERIES HISTORY
Dartmouth slipped by the Bears with one-goal victories the past two meetings, including a 4-3 overtime decision in 2011 that saw junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.), then a freshman, score a pair of goals only to have the Big Green prevail with the game-winner eight minutes into the extra period. Brown has surrendered the last six contests to bump Dartmouth's record to 25-10-2 in the all-time series, which marks the fifth-most games the Big Green have played against any one opponent.

SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth stands at 1-4 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play after falling to Bryant, 4-2, in non-conference action on Wednesday. The Big Green capped a West Coast road trip with a 4-3 win over UC Davis in Berkeley, Calif., on Sep. 8, but have since faced a challenging schedule with back-to-back losses to Northeastern and reigning national champion No. 6 Princeton.

Junior forward Ali Savage has four goals and three assists to lead a Dartmouth squad that is averaging 1.8 goals per game despite taking 14.6 shots per contest. Seniors Olivia Quaglia and Maggie Scanlon each have a pair of goals for a  free-shooting offense that will look to test Bears junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) and the rest of the Brown backs.

Dartmouth goalkeeper Ellen Meyer earned all five starts iand has allowed 4.6 goals per game while making 30 saves.

LAST TIME OUT

Junior Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.) chipped in the go-ahead goal with less than two minutes to play to complete a three-goal second half rally as Brown overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat Colgate, 4-3, in non-conference action on Sunday.

Senior Torie Stearns (Rye, N.Y.), freshman Katarina Angus (West Vancouver, British Columbia) and sophomore Alexis Miller (Caldwell, N.J.) also registered goals for the Bears, while senior Avery Burns (Millersville, Md.) assisted on the tying goal and game-winner. McSweeney made nine saves in the win and held strong with six stops in the second half to climb to 3-3 on the season.

BEARS RANK HIGH IN NATIONAL STATISTICS

O'Donnell and McSweeney stand among the nation's best in a handful of statistical categories. McSweeney ranks third in all of Division I with 11.0 saves per game, and offensively, O'Donnell is 25th in the country with 2.0 points per game.

UP NEXT

Brown heads across town to take on Providence (4-4, 1-0 Big East) in a non-league tilt on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.