NCAA Champs Top Big Green
Hanover — Defending Ivy League and NCAA field hockey champion Princeton picked up three goals from Teresa Benvenuti and opened league play with a 7-1 win over Dartmouth on Saturday at the Dartmouth Field Hockey Complex.
Junior Ali Savage produced the lone goal for the Big Green (1-3 overall, 0-1 league) in the Ivy opener for both teams. The sixth-ranked Tigers improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Princeton’s potent offense tested Dartmouth goalkeeper Ellen Meyer early and often, forcing the junior to make eight saves. Benvenuti got the Tigers going with her first goal just 87 seconds into the game, with Allison Evans doubling the visitors lead shortly thereafter before Savage drew Dartmouth back with her score. Sophomore Eliza Becker earned the assist on the Big Green tally, working a give-and-go with Savage in the 19th minute.
The rest of the game went Princeton’s way, with a 3-1 lead at the half followed by a four-goal second half. Anya Gersoff made two saves for the Tigers.
Dartmouth hosts Bryant on Wednesday.
Husson 2, Colby-Sawyer 0
New London — Sabrina Vaillancourt scored twice in the first half as Husson dropped the Chargers (3-4 overall, 0-1 league) at Mercer Field.
Vaillancourt scored fter just 54 seconds and added a second with five minutes left in the first half.
Stevens High graduate Jodi Dumayne played well in the Colby-Sawyer net, amassing 17 saves as the Eagles owned a 27-3 shots edge and a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Colby-Sawyer 3, Becker 0
Leicester, Mass. — Carlton Wheeler-Omiunu, Rick Prindiville and Alex Ortega struck twine as the Chargers (4-2) kept the Hawks (0-8) winless.
Wheeler-Omiunu scored on a laser from distance in the 15th minute. Prindiville added to the lead in the 18th, and Ortega added his third of the year in the 57th.
Green Third at Cornell
Ithaca, n.y. — A team round of 305 left Dartmouth in a four-way tie for third after the first round of the Cornell Invitational.
Binghamton held a five-stroke lead on the Big Green and a two-shot edge on Drexel after the opening round. Saturday’s second round was halted by weather and will be resumed today.
Dartmouth 10th at Yale
New Haven, Conn. — The Big Green shaved 15 shots off its opening round to reach 10th place at the Yale Intercollegitae.
The host Bulldogs hold a five-shot lead on Xavier through 36 holes. Dartmouth is 35 shots back.
Freshman Tara Timmons is in a tie for 12th place after shooting a 1-over 72 in her second round.
Colby-Sawyer 8, Johnson State 1
New London — The Chargers swept to victory at Kelsey Courts in the North Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.