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National TV Audience Sees Princeton Narrowly Edge Dartmouth

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. – In front of a national television audience, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team dropped a heart-breaking contest against visiting Princeton, 15-13, Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field in a game seen live on Fox College Sports.

The result means that the Big Green (8-6, 4-2 Ivy) will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament and will play the Tigers (9-5, 6-1 Ivy) again, who locked up the No. 2 seed with the win. That semifinal match-up from Penn’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia will take place on Friday, May 3 and is set for 5 p.m.

“When we turn it on, we are a very good team,” head coach Amy Patton said. “We just didn’t attack them like I know we could have today to get us the win.

“All season we have tried a whole lot of stuff to be more consistent, but we need to keep trying more as we head into the final week and the postseason,” Patton added.

The home team was led offensively by senior Hana Bowers with three goals and four points on this day, just one game after surpassing the 100-point mark last Sunday in Maryland. Sophomore Sarah Byrne also scored three times with Liz Calby, Courtney Bennett and Lindsey Allard all netting a pair of tallies in the defeat.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello stopped six shots for Dartmouth. Princeton’s Caroline Franke played the first 55:01 of the day, but was relieved in the final minutes in favor of Annie Woehling. Frank still earned the win as Woehligh did not face a shot during her time in the circle.

In a game of runs, Princeton controlled much of the first half until Dartmouth scored four straight over a seven-minute stretch sending the two teams into the locker room tied at 6-6.

Byrne’s free-position goal 2:37 into the second stanza gave the Green their first lead of the day at 8-7. The Tigers responded with three straight of their own to regain the lead before the teams then began to exchange tallies into the final minutes of regulation.

Allard’s second of the game came with 8:38 left and gave the Green and White a 13-12 advantage, just the second of the afternoon for the home squad. However, another three straight from the Tigers in the final five minutes sealed the road victory as they held possession for nearly the entire span, not allowing Dartmouth to build on any previously gained momentum.

The game was played with relatively few mistakes as Princeton had just six turnovers and Dartmouth recording just five. Where the team in orange and black dominated was in the midfield with 20 draws to the Green’s 10.

Princeton’s Erin McMunn has been one of the top players in the country all season, but was held to just one goal and one assist on Saturday thanks to some tough defensive coverage by Holly Foster. Mary-Kate Sivilli and Sarah Lloyd each netted hat tricks for the visitors with Lloyd registering a team-high four points.

The Big Green will wrap up the 2013 regular season next Friday night as Harvard comes to Hanover for a Friday night game under the lights at Scully-Fahey Field. Opening draw between the two Ivy League foes is set for 7 p.m.