Dartmouth Dealt Another Overtime Blow, Drops 4-3 Game at Penn

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PHILADELPHIA – The Dartmouth field hockey team fell victim to an overtime goal at the hands of Penn Saturday afternoon.
 
The Quakers (4-6, 2-1) picked up the Ivy League victory thanks to a Meghan Ward goal three minutes and 31 seconds into the extra frame, handing the Big Green (3-8, 0-3 Ivy) another heartbreaking one-goal defeat.
 
“We had our chances and needed to finish,” head coach Amy Fowler said. “Penn earned a lot more chances than we did, and they made that count in the very end. Our team put forth a really great effort, and I’m proud of the way we bounced back after a tough weekend last week. We got hit today, but we’ll get back up and will be ready for our next Ivy opponent in a week.”
 
Senior and team captain Katie Spanos notched her fifth goal of the season to start the scoring in the 18th minute. Penn answered back with goals from Ward and Maddy Fagan in the 23rd and 33rd minutes, respectively, to take a 2-1 lead just out of the break.
 
Shortly after the home team took its first lead of the day, senior Carmen Braceras responded with her team-leading sixth of the season in the 35th minute. Katie Persin’s second goal of 2019 put the team in green ahead by one after three quarters, finding the back of the cage in the 40th minute.
 
But the equalizer off the stick of Fagan came early in the fourth quarter and managed to hold up as the teams headed to OT for the fifth time in the last seven meetings.
 
After the visitors had a chance to win it at one end of the field — only to see an open look sail just wide of the net — the Quakers took it the other way and managed to earn the victory thanks to a turnaround shot in the circle for Ward’s second of the game.
 
The result was certainly not for a lack of effort on sophomore goalkeeper Isabella Santucci’s part as she turned aside 13 in the game, the second-best single-game total of her career and the fifth double-digit performance of the season.
 
Persin added an assist for a three-point day, while Holley Cromwell also had a helper on the Braceras goal.
 
Dartmouth will play at Yale next Saturday to close out the four-game road trip before coming home on Sunday to take on Maine at 1 p.m.

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