HANOVER, N.H. – Down four goals in the second half, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team mounted a quick and furious rally scoring three goals with a little over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, before falling to Dartmouth, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon.
With 12 minutes remaining in the second half, Penn scored its first goal of the game when sophomore Elise Tilton scored off a redirected ball from sophomore Claire Kneizys. The goal started what would be a whirlwind two minutes for the Quakers.
Just 20 seconds after Tilton’s goal, junior Elizabeth Hitti would score Penn’s second goal after a couple quick moves inside the circle. Not more than 40 seconds later, freshman Alexa Hoover ripped a goal from the top of the circle past the Big Green goaltender, making the deficit just 4-3. The goal was Hoover’s eighth of the season putting her tied for the team lead with senior Emily Corcoran.
Dartmouth (3-5, 2-1 Ivy) would go on to score a late goal, by senior Janine Leger, to make it a 5-3 final.
Penn (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) had a few opportunities early in the first half, but were thwarted by Big Green senior goalkeeper Ellen Meyer. Dartmouth would control the offensive momentum in the first half scoring four times, two goals each, from senior Ali Savage and freshman Anna Rowthorn-Apel.
The Quakers will face Monmouth next in a home non-conference game on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., before traveling to face Maryland next Sunday at 1 p.m.