NEWTON, Mass. – There was no quit in the face of adversity for the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team Wednesday on the road against the No. 2 team in the nation.
The Big Green (7-3) defense held second-ranked Boston College to just a pair of goals in the second half, but were unable to find the equalizer late as the Eagles held on for the 13-10 win, their 15th straight victory this season without a loss.
Dartmouth had four players score two goals in the contest as Campbell Brewer, Ellie Carson, Katie Bourque and Kierra Sweeney all found the back of the net twice. Additionally, Brewer had a helper to finish with a team-high three points.
"We were in a hole at halftime, but we never lost belief and I am very proud of our team for that,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “Our defense was phenomenal in the second half and we really made them work for only two goals. However, today we didn’t win enough draw controls, and we had too many yellow cards, to beat a great opponent.
“Recovery is now our focus and we will get ready for another tough battle on Saturday,” Spencer added.
The hole the head coach was referring to was BC’s 7-0 run in the final 10 minutes that turned a 5-4 Dartmouth lead into an 11-5 deficit at intermission.
The Green and White regrouped at the break and held the unbeaten Eagles without a score in the first 22 minutes and 36 seconds of the second stanza, while they themselves ripped off five straight to make it a one-goal game.
Unfortunately, after Kellen D'Alleva’s first goal of the season for Dartmouth made the score 11-10 with 9:48 to play, the home team defense began to clamp down and the offense did just enough. Boston College saw Dempsey Arsenault and Sam Apuzzo answer back with their 47th and 59th respective goals of the season in the three minutes that followed to build the advantage back to three.
Neither team scored in the final six minutes and the Eagles remained one of just two unbeaten teams in the nation and moved their win streak to 15 games, the best mark in Division I this season.
Arsenault and Apuzzo each finished with five points in the win as the former scored four times, while the latter had a hat trick and a pair of assists. The duo also combined to post 14 draw controls.
Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten stopped eight shots, while BC’s Lauren Daly made seven. Bourque had a solid all-around game as, in addition to her two tallies, she posted four ground balls, four draws and a trio of caused turnovers.
The home team benefited from five free-position goals on 11 attempts, while the Big Green went 1-for-2.
The Big Green return to action Saturday afternoon in Ithaca as they return to conference action, taking on Cornell in a game on the Ivy League Network at 1 p.m.