HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team had no trouble on the offensive side of the ball Saturday in its Ivy League opener.
Columbia (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) was on the receiving end of the Big Green’s (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) explosive attack at Scully-Fahey Field as Dartmouth came away with a 20-10 win.
The Green had scored 19 goals five previous times against Columbia, but set a new mark in the series with the Lions when they hit 20 with 12:28 remaining in the second half. It marked the sixth time in program history that Dartmouth had scored 20 goals in an Ivy League game and the first since 2007.
“It was exciting to look down on the scoresheet at the end of the game and see that we had nine players with points,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “We have been focusing on shooting efficiency and playing two solid halves of lacrosse and we did both of those very well today.”
Dartmouth is off for two weekends due to the College’s exams period. The team is back in action on March 16 at Hofstra as part of a four-game road trip over the next month.
“For us, it was good to play as well as we did today before we head into this break,” Spencer remarked. “It’s always nice when you have some confidence and an Ivy League win under your belt before a down period in the middle of the season.”
Early on, the game was back and forth with each team holding a lead. A Columbia goal with 16:12 on the clock tied the game at 5-5. However, that’s when the home team’s attack woke up and ran away with the Ancient Eight victory.
Dartmouth scored nine of the next 10 to close out the opening half with a 14-6 lead. It didn’t slow down after halftime either as the Big Green scored the next six to build a 20-6 lead before a complete and wholesale change of players on the field for the end of the game,
In all, the home squad got two goals from Larsen Bennett, Kierra Sweeney and Katie Bourque. Hitting the back of the net once in the game was Elizabeth Mastrio, Kathryn Giroux, Katie O'Neill and Tori Chanenchuk. For Chanenchuck, her goal with 8:47 remaining in the opening half was the first of her career.
All three Dartmouth goalkeepers saw action with sophomore Kiera Vrindten playing 47:45 and earning the win with four saves and six allowed. Freshman Katie Foreman and junior Charlotte Wahle came in in relief of Vrindten over the final 12 minutes.
The Lions had four players score two goals each with Lindsey Ewertsen finishing the day with five points as she dished out three assists as well.
Saturday was a revenge game of sorts for Dartmouth as it fell to Columbia for the first time in program history in last season’s meeting in New York City. The Big Green bounced back in a big way In Hanover on Saturday, pushing the all-time series to 20-1 in their favor.
Shot attempts favored the home team, 32-20, as did ground balls (23-9) and successful clears (15-15 to 10-14).