No. 12 Dartmouth Opens 2013 Ivy League Slate Saturday at Yale
No. 12/13 Dartmouth (2-0) vs. Yale (1-1)
▶ Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 ▶ 1 PM ▶ New Haven, Conn.
▶ Reese Stadium (1,766)
▶ All-Time Series: 22-13-0 (36th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 3, 2012 (Hanover) - W, 9-8
▶ Streak: 4-0-0
The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team is back in action Saturday afternoon in the team's Ivy League opener at Yale. The Big Green will head to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs at Reese Stadium in a game set for 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
In a contest postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to inclement weather in the Upper Valley, the Green knocked off their in-state rival New Hampshire, 11-10, on a last-second goal from freshman Jaclyn Leto. Leto netted her second of the season with 5.8 seconds left to complete the second-half comeback for Dartmouth in their home opener.
WHAT A DAY!
Assisting on Leto's game-winner was junior Liz Calby for her second helper of the afternoon. In all, Calby finished the day with four goals and six points, good for a new single-game career high for scoring. Calby registered all four of her tallies in the first half.
WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Trailing 10-8 in the final six minutes of regulation, senior Hana Bowers, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, took matters into her own hands, scoring twice in a 55-second span to tie it. The goals were Bowers' first two of the afternoon and came on the heels of three tallies to open the season at Oregon last weekend.
The Bulldogs welcome the Green to New Haven fresh off their best offensive day in five seasons having scored 19 goals at regional rival Quinnipiac Wednesday afternoon. The 19-12 victory helped even Yale's record at 1-1 after losing its opener at Holy Cross, 16-13, the weekend before. Saturday's game will mark the Elis' home opener after two games on the road to open 2013. Devon Rhodes and Jen DeVito are tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points, with Rhodes having a team-best nine goals to this point. In the circle, Erin McMullan has played all 120 minutes and boasts a 14.00 goals-against average and a .33 save percentage.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE
This weekend will mark the 36th all-time meeting between the two teams. Dartmouth leads the series with Yale, 22-13-0, and has a four-game win streak against its Ivy League rival.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE
It was the Sarah Plumb '12 show in the contest between these two teams last season in Hanover. The senior and First Team All-American scored six times, including the winner with 2:12 left in regulation to break an 8-8 tie to give the Big Green a one-goal victory.
Thursday's win over the Wildcats stretched the Green and White's run of regular season home victories to 16 games. That streak dates back to the final game of the 2010 season after campaigns of 8-0 and 7-0 the last two springs.
95% IS GOOD, RIGHT?
In her 21 years of head coaching experience at Dartmouth, Amy Patton is 20-1 in home openers after the late-game heroics by her team Thursday.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE
Calby may have had the most points and Leto may have scored the biggest goal, but senior Courtney Bennett had herself a solid outing against the Wildcats, scoring three times and assisting on another for a four-point afternoon. The three goals matched her previous career high, reached in two prior games.
With Saturday marking the start of league play, it is interesting to note that Dartmouth has won its last four Ivy League openers dating back to the 2009 season. Three of those four wins came at Yale's expense, while the 2010 opener featured a 15-1 victory at home against Columbia. The last time the Big Green lost in its Ivy debut was in 2008 to the Bulldogs, 9-8, in overtime.
Freshman Danielle Lisovicz scored the first goal of her collegiate career 10:40 into the second half against UNH. The first-year player found the back of the net on a free-position shot to give her team an 8-7 lead.
After an 8-7 overtime win to start the year at Oregon, Dartmouth was tasked with playing another close affair against New Hampshire with the narrow 11-10 victory. The back-to-back one-goal games was the first for the team since May 2011 when it beat No. 1 Maryland (9-8) and fell to Harvard (11-10) the following contest.
The Big Green will be back out on the road Wednesday, March 6 as they head to Boston University for a 3 p.m. start. Dartmouth will return home for its next home game on Saturday, March 9 when it plays host to No. 2 Florida at Scully-Fahey Field at noon.