HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Sarah Byrne fought through the cold and snow flurries to record career highs of six goals and eight points as the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team defeated Connecticut, 14-11, Wednesday afternoon in the 2014 home opener at Scully-Fahey Field.
The Big Green improve to 2-0 on the season with the win, while the Huskies dropped to 1-2 in suffering the loss in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
“This game couldn’t have been better for us in many ways,” head coach Amy Patton said. “Obviously there are parts of it when we didn’t execute as well as we would like, but what we gained from those times is great and makes us better.
“I’m pleased with what we’ve done in the first two games in regards to situations. Both were very different in terms how we started each, but we’ve been able to make the right adjustments. There have been some mistakes made out there, but we’re not only letting them go, we’re also learning from them,” Patton continued.
Senior Liz Calby also contributed a great deal on the scoresheet, finishing the day with four goals and five points for the second straight outing to start the season.
It wasn’t just a dominant offense at one end of the field that was the difference in the win over the Huskies. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello was outstanding, turning aside 10 shots, including several point-blank opportunities for UConn just outside the circle.
Big Green defenders were daunting all afternoon, forcing seven turnovers in the game, led by Danielle Lisovicz’s three.
“I think playing in the games almost seems easier when you practice against a great defensive unit like we have here,” Byrne said. “We’ve been pushed so much by our defense every day that it really helps us be prepared for games like today.”
Byrne had a career day all over the field. Not only were her six goals, two assists and eight points all new career bests, her seven draw controls were one better than her previous high of six set in the opener at UNH last Saturday.
Overall, Dartmouth was 4-for-7 on the free-position, while UConn managed just one goal on eight attempts from the eight-meter arc. The home team also held an advantage in draw controls (16-11) and shots (33-27).
The Big Green will remain at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday as they play host to Yale at noon in the Ivy League opener for both teams.