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.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
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.
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.