No. 13 Dartmouth Heads to BU for Mid-Week Tilt With Terriers
No. 13/13 Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) vs.
RV Boston University (1-0, 0-0 America East)
▶ Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 ▶ 3 PM ▶ Boston, Mass.
▶ Nickerson Field (10,412)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 11-5 (17th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 7, 2012 (Hanover) - W, 13-6
▶ Streak: 1-0
The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team is back on the road Wednesday afternoon against Boston University. The Big Green and Terriers will meet up at 3 p.m. inside Nickerson Field on Commonwealth Ave.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth is coming off its first Ivy League win of the season in the conference opener Saturday afternoon in New Haven. The Green took down rival Yale, 10-6, at Reese Stadium thanks in large part to the four goals and six points of senior Hana Bowers and a collective team effort on defense.
The four-goal victory on Saturday marked Dartmouth's fifth straight win over Yale dating back to the 2009 season.
WHERE WE RANK
Despite continuing to win games, the Big Green dropped one spot in this week's IWLCA Poll to No. 13. The team held at No. 13 in the most recent release of the Inside Lacrosse deBeer Media Poll.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
BU has played just one game this season, a 9-8 overtime win against 14th-ranked UMass last Wednesday (Feb. 27). Kristen Mogavero and Sydney Godett each scored their first goals of the year in the extra frame to help the Terriers earn their first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off the Big Green, 9-7, at home on Mar. 9, 2011. For her part in dishing out two assists in the game with the Minutewomen, freshman Ally Adams was awarded the America East Rookie of the Week. Goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made six saves in the win, allowing a goal on the only shot she face in overtime.
LAST TIME AGAINST BU
In the last meeting in Hanover on Mar. 7, 2012 between the two regional rivals, Dartmouth jumped out to leads of 4-0, 9-1 and 10-4 by halftime before finishing the day with a 13-6 victory. Sarah Plumb '12 led the way with four goals and five points along with a program record nine draw controls, one off the Ivy League mark for a single game. Then-freshman Frances Bird scored the first two goals of her career with Lindsay Allard also adding a pair in the win.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE
These two teams have been semi-regular opponents since 1986. In 16 all-time meetings between the two programs, Dartmouth holds an 11-5 advantage after last season's seven-goal triumph at Scully-Fahey.
Bowers, fresh off her first Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award, scored four times and finished with six points against the Elis. The goal and point totals were the most in a single game in Bowers' three-plus season career in Hanover.
If Bowers' point totals garnered all the attention, it was fellow senior and captain Kelsey Johnson who was the afternoon's most underrated player in New Haven. Johnson posted career highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers in helping the team to its best defensive outing of the year.
THE FIELD WITH THE
Nickerson Field may have a familiar feel to some Dartmouth women's lacrosse fans. True, the team played there two seasons ago, but it was also site of the 2006 NCAA Championship. The Big Green finished as the national runners-up that season, falling to Northwestern, 7-4, in the title game. BU hosted the Final Four with Dartmouth, Northwestern, Duke and Notre Dame taking part. The Big Green knocked off the Irish, 14-8, in the semifinals to advance to the national championship, keeping Notre Dame in single-digits for the first time all season.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
After just one game of conference play, Dartmouth sits in a familiar spot atop the league standings. Brown and Cornell also are 1-0 in Ivy play and are undefeated overall at 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. Only Princeton and Penn have yet to take on an Ancient Eight foe to this point with Columbia, Yale and Harvard all 0-1 in league games.
Against the Bulldogs, the Big Green were seemingly in control the whole game, holding advantages in shots on goal (21-12), ground balls (20-13) and draw controls (10-8), while turning the ball over eight fewer times (18-10) and being whistled for five fewer fouls (27-22).
For the third straight spring, Dartmouth has jumped out to at least three straight wins. Last year, the team went five games without a loss, while posting a 3-0 mark to open the 2011 campaign.
Following Wednesday's game with the Terriers, Dartmouth will return home to take on No. 2 Florida Saturday at noon. The Gators will be making their first trip to Hanover after the Green headed south to Gainesville last season.