Dartmouth Done in by Late Cornell Goal in 2017 Finale

Sat Nov 4, 2017

HANOVER, N.H. – Playing in the final game of the 2017 season Saturday afternoon, the Dartmouth field hockey team dropped a one-goal heartbreaker to visiting Cornell.

The Big Green (7-10, 2-5 Ivy) were bested by the Big Red (10-6, 3-4), 2-1, on a goal that came mid-way through the second half.

Sophomore Katie Spanos scored her team-leading ninth goal of the fall in the loss, capping an impressive second season in Hanover with 27 points, a figure that was also good for the most on the team.

"We fought hard today, we just couldn’t get on track with our scoring chances," head coach Amy Fowler said. "It’s not how we wanted to go out, but as we look at our growth as a team, I’m very proud of this squad! We have made significant strides since the beginning of the year.

"We have a wealth of experience returning," Fowler continued. "We’re in a great position to continue building on the positives from this season."

Cornell got the scoring started with a penalty stroke goal in the sixth minute from Grace Royer. Spanos answered back right before halftime, sending the game to intermission knotted at 1-1 thanks to her goal in the 34th minute.

Freshman Tatum Schultz picked up the assist on the score, sending a pass through the low circle to the waiting Spanos for the open look.

The eventual winner came off the stick of the Big Red’s Gabby DePetro in the 52nd minute, redirecting a shot from Kirsten Pienaar on a play that started with a corner.

Hailey Valerio battled hard in her final start of the season, stopping six shots, while being aided by defensive saves from Maddie Donahue and Jessica Valvano.

Cornell split time in goal between starter Kelly Johnson, who stopped three and allowed one, and Maddie Henry, who picked up the win by stopping all four she faced.

A game that seemed to be filled with penalty corners saw the visiting team earn 11 of the 18 total issued. The Red also held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal.

After the game, Dartmouth honored Morgan Philie, Sarah Tabeek, Anna Ewasechko and Emily Wechsler as the four members of the Class of 2018 in Senior Day ceremonies, celebrating the accomplishments of the group in their time playing for the Green and White.