Caitlin Rea and the Crimson visit Dartmouth Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (8-7, 2-3 Ivy) will head out on the road for the final time this Saturday, visiting the Dartmouth Big Green (5-9, 3-2 Ivy) in a matinee at Chase AstroTurf Field at 1 p.m.
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It has been an enduring stretch for the Crimson over the last two weeks, having come out on the wrong side of three consecutive 1-0 decisions. Harvard took on New Hampshire, and most recently No. 11 Boston College, in out-of-conference tilts at Jordan Field and also went on the road and played a close contest at Princeton last Saturday.
The Crimson will look to close out the season on two high notes against its conference foes, Dartmouth and Columbia on Nov. 8. Harvard can also impact the Ivy League title race, as the Big Green sit one game out of first with a 3-2 conference record, while Columbia is tied with Princeton and Cornell for the League lead at 4-1.
The Crimson defense has kept Harvard in striking distance in each game this season. Harvard boasts a 1.36 goals against average, the second-best mark in the Ancient Eight. Junior Issy Davies remains a standout goalie, posting a 1.41 GAA, the second-lowest mark among the conference's netminders. On the offensive end of the field, sophomore Marissa Balleza has racked up 50 shots through 15 games, the third-most among her Ivy League colleagues.
Series History: Dartmouth
The Big Green holds a 13-23-4 record in the all-time series against the Crimson. Dartmouth has proved to be a tough opponent in recent years for Harvard, as the Big Green has won each meeting dating back to 2008. Last season at Jordan Field, Dartmouth captured a 4-2 victory. Harvard last defeated the Big Green in 2007 by a score of 3-1.
About the Big Green
Dartmouth will close out the home portion of its schedule on Saturday against the Crimson. The Big Green wraps up its regular season with trips to New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2 and Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Big Green is coming off back-to-back losses at UMass Lowell, 1-0, and Columbia, 3-1.
Ali Savage sets the tone for the Dartmouth offense, registering 26 points on 10 goals and six assists this year. For her efforts, Savage was recently selected to play in the 2014 NFHCA Division I Senior Game to be held at the University of Maryland on Nov. 22. Her 26 points doubles up Janine Leger, who is second on the Big Green with 13 points (3G, 7A).
Goaltender Ellen Meyer has been active this season, tallying 117 saves (8.36/game), which ranks second in the Ivy League.
Securing a Spot in the Record Books
With seven goals and 18 points this season, senior Noel Painter has moved into the top-10 in the Harvard record books in both categories. With 26 goals, she ranks fifth all-time, while her 66 points places her seventh.
Lending a Helping Hand
With nine assists in her rookie campaign, Cookson is tied for eighth most in a single season in program history. With one more assist, she can become just the eighth Harvard field hockey player to record double-digit assists in a single year. The all-time record is 18, set by Jen McDavitt in 2004.
Ivy League Weekly Honors
Sept. 9 - Noel Painter – Honor Roll
Sept. 16 – Ellie Cookson, Issy Davies – Honor Roll
Sept. 23 – Ellie Cockson, Marissa Balleza – Honor Roll
Sept. 30 – Marissa Balleza – Honor Roll
Oct. 7 – Noel Painter, Elizabeth Jacobson – Honor Roll
Oct. 14 – Hannah Wellington – Co-Rookie of the Week, Kaitlyn Boudah – Honor Roll
Oct. 21 – Issy Davies, Catriona McDonald – Honor Roll
Oct. 28 – Issy Davies – Honor Roll