No. 13 Dartmouth Returns to Ivy League Play Saturday at Columbia
No. 13/15 Dartmouth (5-2, 1-0 Ivy) vs. Columbia (1-6, 0-2 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 ▶ 1 PM ▶ New York, N.Y.
▶ Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium (17,000)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 15-0 (16th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 24, 2012 (Hanover) - W, 15-4
▶ Streak: 15-0
Dartmouth is back from North Carolina, but still on the road for a Saturday game at Columbia in its next outing. The contest is set for a 1 p.m. start at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium and is a return to Ivy League play for the Big Green who have not faced off with a conference opponent since a win at Yale on March 2.
LAST TIME OUT
After losses to No. 2 Florida and at No. 6 Duke, Dartmouth bounced back with a 13-12 victory at Davidson on Tuesday evening. The Wildcats turned up the pressure in the second half after the visitors led 9-3 at halftime, pulling to within one in the final seconds. Nine players scored goals for the Green, including four players with two goals apiece in the win.
WHERE WE RANK
With the polls coming out each Monday afternoon, the latest releases of both national rankings don’t take into account Dartmouth’s win at Davidson. However, that changed little as the Big Green are No. 13 for the third straight week in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, while dropping two spots to No. 15 in the Inside Lacrosse deBeer Media Poll.
After opening the season with a 15-4 home win over Mount St. Mary’s, Columbia has fallen on hard times, losing its last six coming into the contest with the Green and White. The Lions scored a season-high nine goals in the second half to erase a five-goal deficit at New Hampshire in their last outing, but a marker from UNH’s Kayleigh Hinkle as time expired gave the Wildcats a 12-11 victory. Kacie Johnson leads the team in all offensive categories, picking up 24 goals, four assists and 28 points. Skylar Dabbar has been the goalkeeper of record in the majority of the team’s games this season, posting an 11.52 goals-against average and a .330 save percentage.
AGAINST THE LIONS
Dartmouth has never lost a game to Columbia in 15 previous all-time meetings. In the last outing, the Big Green pushed their mark to 15-0 against the Lions with a 15-4 victory on March 24 in Hanover. In those meetings, Dartmouth has never scored fewer than 11 goals, while allowing Columbia to score nine only once and never reach double-figures (2009/12-9).
The Big Green are 5-0 this season against teams not ranked by either the coaches or the media.
A DAY AT DAVIDSON
The nine first-half goals at Davidson were the most this season by the Green, besting eight first-half markers on the road against Boston University on March 6. On the other side, though, the nine goals allowed in the second half to the Wildcats tied the team’s season high for a period as Florida netted nine in the first 30 minutes of play on March 9.
A DAY OF FIRSTS
Sophomore Samantha Schiff not only scored her first goal of the season Tuesday at Davidson, but also picked up her first career assist, posted her first multi-point game as well as recording her first ground ball, draw control and caused turnover. Junior Amy Drummond scored the first goal of her collegiate career as part of the team’s balanced scoring attack. The goal was Drummond’s first career point as well.
UPS AND DOWNS
With the loss at Duke, Dartmouth fell in consecutive games for the first time in two years. The last time the Big Green were defeated in back-to-back contests came at the end of the 2011 campaign, dropping a one-goal game with Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament, followed by a loss against an unbeaten Albany team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore Frances Bird set a new career high with three points against the Wildcats, scoring once and assisting on two others. The two assists were also a new career high. Freshman Jaclyn Leto’s two goals in the game were a new high for the first-year player who had scored four goals in four separate games entering the evening tilt at Davidson.
Senior Hana Bowers continues to score at a regular pace. Bowers has netted at least two markers per game in all seven of Dartmouth’s games in 2013. She continued that trend with a pair at both Duke and Davidson as part of the North Carolina road swing.
A member of each of the four classes netted a pair of goals in the winning effort as freshman Jaclyn Leto, sophomore Sarah Byrne, junior Lindsey Allard and senior Hana Bowers all had two markers.
Senior co-captain Kelsey Johnson entered the season with just one career goal to her credit in three years in Hanover. In 2013, she made the switch from a defender to a midfielder and the move has paid off with an elevated offensive presence. In each of the team’s last three outings, the senior captain has found the back of the net once to bring her season point total to four after notching an assist in the season opener at Oregon.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
Four teams still remain unbeaten in Ivy League play with Cornell and Penn leading the way at 2-0. Dartmouth and Princeton are both 1-0 with Ivy games this week against Columbia. Brown sits alone in fifth at 1-1, while Harvard, Yale and the Lions are all 0-2 in conference games this season.
The Green are finally back home following the contest with the Lions, playing host to regional rival Vermont on Wednesday, March 27. The game will mark the first at home for the team since hosting Florida on March 9, a span of 18 days between.