No. NR/16 Dartmouth Big Green (8-5, 4-1 Ivy) vs.
No. 17/13 Princeton Tigers (8-5, 5-1 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, April 20, 2013 ▶ 12 PM  ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field  (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: Princeton, 22-17 (40th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: April 21, 2012 (Princeton) - L, 12-9
▶ Streak: 0-1

▶ Live Stats/Live Video:
▶ Television: Fox College Sports
▶ Play-By-Play: Eric Frede ▶ Color: Sonny Watrous
▶ Twitter: @DartmouthWLax and @DartmouthSports

Dartmouth will play host to Princeton on Saturday at noon in a game that will be televised live on Fox College Sports from Scully-Fahey Field. The contest will be the first national broadcast for the women’s lacrosse team at home in more than a half decade and the first of any kind at Scully-Fahey since 2007.

Princeton comes into the contest holding the second spot in the Ivy League standings as the Tigers are 5-1 in conference games this year. However, as the Big Green have a game in hand, the winner of Saturday’s match-up will earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament, while the loser will claim the No. 3 seed. These two teams are guaranteed to meet in the semifinals of the league postseason in Philadelphia on May 3.

Dartmouth returns home after a weekend on the road that saw the team drop two heartbreaking games at Penn and No. 1 Maryland. The Big Green fell in another one-goal contest Friday evening in Philadelphia, 8-7, to the Quakers before the top-ranked Terps claimed a 17-8 win on Sunday afternoon in College Park.

The Tigers fell, 10-9, in overtime Wednesday night at Penn, suffering their first Ivy League loss of the season in the process. Princeton is one of three teams along with Penn and Dartmouth to have already locked up a spot in the Ivy League Tournament after missing the postseason for the first time last season. Erin McMunn has been an offensive force this season for the team, leading the way in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56). Alexandra Bruno and Sarah Lloyd are tied as the team’s second-leading scorers this year with 25 points, 31 back of McMunn to this point. Caroline Franke has seen a majority of action in the circle this season, boasting a 9.81 goals-against average to go along with a .461 save percentage and a 7-4 record.

Princeton ended the hopes of a perfect season for the 2012 Big Green, handing Dartmouth a 12-9 road at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium on April 21. First-Team All-American Sarah Plumb ’12 set the Ivy League record for career draw controls with five in the contest, bringing her four-year total to 141 at the conclusion of the game. Kirsten Goldberg led the way on offense with four goals and six points.

Dartmouth is 17-22 against Princeton with Saturday’s tilt marking the 40th all-time meeting between the two programs. The Tigers have won two of the three games since this year’s senior class came in for the 2010 season with the Green’s lone win coming on April 23, 2011, a 15-10 victory in Hanover.

Senior Hana Bowers joined Dartmouth’s 100-Point Club with her four goals on Sunday at Maryland. The Old Greenwich, Conn., native’s third tally of the day put her into triple-digit points for her career before netting another to finish the day with 77 goals and 24 assists for 101 career points.

With a goal and an assist against the Terps, senior Courtney Bennett reached 50 points in a Dartmouth uniform. This season, Bennett has nine goals and five assists for 14 points. Her career totals include 35 markers and 15 helpers.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello has posted three straight games of 10 or more saves in the team’s most recent outings. After turning aside 10 shots against Cornell, Giovanniello set new season highs with 11 and 12 saves, respectively, at Penn and Maryland last weekend. The Old Brookville, N.Y., product stopped seven in the first half against the Quakers and another seven in the second half against the Terrapins.

In just its fourth year, the Ivy League Tournament has become a constant for the Big Green. With Dartmouth securing another berth in the conference postseason, it remains tied with Penn as the only two teams to qualify every year of existence. Princeton has secured a spot for the third time in four years, while Harvard and Cornell are both looking to make it for the third time as they vie for the final spot.

A year removed from playing alongside her sister Georgia, sophomore Frances Bird is making a name for herself at Dartmouth with six goals and nine points this season at the midfield position. However, Frances is following in the footsteps of her sisters before her as Ivy League lacrosse players as siblings Samantha (Penn) and Courtney (Princeton) also played in the Ancient Eight.

The Big Green will conclude the 2013 regular season next Friday, April 26 with a 7 p.m. game under the lights at Scully-Fahey Field against Harvard. The contest will also mark Senior Day celebrations for the seven players in their final seasons playing for the Green and White.

- Penn has clinched the No. 1 seed and will host the 2013 Ivy League Tournament.

- This weekend's game between Princeton and Dartmouth will decide No. 2 & 3 seeds. Regardless of outcome, these teams will meet again in the Ivy League semifinals on May 3.

- Princeton could finish 6-1 and will be No. 2 seed with a win over Dartmouth
- Princeton could finish 5-2 and be the No. 3 seed with a loss at Dartmouth

- Dartmouth could finish 6-1 with a win over Princeton and Harvard and receive No. 2 seed
- Dartmouth could finish 5-2 if it splits their games against Princeton and Harvard
- Dartmouth could finish 4-3 if it lose to both Princeton and Harvard - get No. 3 seed based on head-to-head against Cornell and Brown

- Cornell is in with a win over Yale (based on head-to-head with Brown, regardless of Brown's outcomes)
- If Cornell loses to Yale, Brown loses to Yale and beats Penn, Harvard sweeps - Yale is in based on head-to-head amongst the 4 teams with 3-4 records
- If Cornell loses to Yale and Brown sweeps - Brown is in
- If Cornell loses, Brown beats Yale and loses to Penn, Harvard sweeps - Cornell is in based on head-to-head amongst the 3 teams with 3-4 teams
- If Cornell losses, (3-4), Harvard sweeps (3-4), Yale sweeps (3-4) - it would come down to goal differential in games against each other, because these three teams are 1-1 against each other

- Brown could finish 3-4 with a split with Penn and Yale
- Brown could finish 2-5 with losses to Penn and Yale

- Yale could finish 3-4 with wins over Cornell and Brown
- Yale could finish 2-5 with a split against Cornell and Brown
- Yale could finish 1-5 with losses to Cornell and Brown

- Harvard could finish 3-4 with wins over Columbia and Dartmouth
- Harvard could finish 2-5 with a split against Columbia and Dartmouth
- Harvard could finish 1-5 with losses to Columbia and Dartmouth

- Columbia has been mathematically eliminated