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Vermont Prevails Over No. 15 Dartmouth in Double OT, 16-15

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. – Samantha Gallerani scored 3:39 into the sudden-victory second overtime period to help Vermont defeat the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team, 16-15, Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.

Six Big Green players scored at least two goals in the game with senior Hana Bowers and freshman Gabby Starkey leading the way with three apiece.

Dartmouth drops to 6-3 overall with the setback, while Vermont’s record improves to 5-6.

What could only be characterized as a game of runs saw the Catamounts open the second half with three straight goals to break the halftime deadlock and take a 10-7 lead 12 minutes into the frame.

The Big Green stormed back with seven straight goals to move ahead, 14-10, only to see the visitors match with another four to tie the score again in the final minutes and force overtime.

Just 47 seconds into the first extra period, Vanessa VanderZalm put Vermont on top, 15-14, with a high shot that found space in the top left corner. The Green answered as Bowers’ third of the afternoon came with 1:01 left, moving the game ahead into a second overtime frame.

After the Catamounts secured the first draw control in the second segment of sudden death, Gallerani netted the winner, ending the marathon contest that lasted two hours and 45 minutes.

Junior Liz Calby, senior Courtney Bennett, sophomore Frances Bird and freshman Jaclyn Leto all scored a pair of goals in addition to the hat tricks from Bowers and Starkey. Senior midfielder Kelsey Johnson had the other Dartmouth tally in the game.

Calby also had four assists in the game, matching a career high of six points set earlier this season against New Hampshire. Leto (2g/2a) and Bowers (3g/1a) each had four points on the afternoon.

Sydney Mas and her five goals led UVM offensively. Karli MacKendrick also added four tallies for the visitors, while Gallerani’s game-winner was her second of the contest.

Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello had seven saves, including two key stops late in regulation on free-position shots. At the other end, Vermont’s Charlotte Lyons had 14 as both played the entire 69:39 of action.

Despite the score, the Big Green held advantages in shots (41-33), ground balls (23-20) and draw controls (20-16).

It was the first win in the series for the Catamounts since 1993, snapping a 10-game skid to the Green and White.

Dartmouth remains at home for its next outing, Saturday (March 30) against Brown in Ivy League play. The Big Green and Bears are set for an opening draw in Hanover at noon.