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Dartmouth Falls Short in Ivy League Title Game to Penn, 10-7

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PHILADELPHIA – In the cavernous expanse of Franklin Field, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team fell behind early and was unable to finish off a valiant second-half comeback bid Sunday afternoon, falling to top-seeded Penn, 10-7, in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game.

Junior Liz Calby scored four times and senior Hana Bowers added three as they made up all of the Big Green’s scoring in the contest.

With Bowers’ five goals from Friday’s semifinal match-up with Princeton, her eight total tallies this weekend set a new Ivy League Tournament record, passing the old mark of seven set in 2011 by Princeton’s Jaci Gassaway. Bowers’ combined 10 points over the two games tied Ali DeLuca of Penn in 2010 for the most in a single tournament.

Dartmouth (10-7) will now wait to see if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with the announcement set for 9 p.m. tonight during the online selection show (

The Big Green were bidding to become the tournament’s first back-to-back winner after taking home the title against the Quakers (11-5) last season, but scoring just one goal in the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

With Penn holding a four-goal lead at intermission and a 6-1 advantage early in the second half, the Green and White answered back in the final frame, outscoring the home team, 6-5, in the period.

The final 15:04 of action saw Penn score just once, while Bowers netted her third of the day and with Calby scoring three of her four during the span.

However, four goals from Caroline Bunting and eight saves from goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson, in addition to an 11-8 advantage in draw controls, was the difference in the game as the Quakers claimed their second title in four years and the first since 2010.

“I think it was a really hard-fought battle out there. The game was one with some momentum swings,” head coach Amy Patton said. “There were a lot of situations throughout the entire game where if the ball falls one way or a goal goes in here or we get a stop there things could’ve been different. There were a lot of game-changing moments. I think a lot of those moments didn't go in our favor. If had they, you just don't know what could happen.

“My hat's off to Penn; I think they did a really good job following their game plan, playing very disciplined. They are a great representative to get that automatic bid out of the Ivy League, and I think there should be a lot of us in the league that will be in the NCAA Tournament,” Patton continued.

Seniors Courtney Bennett and Kelsey Johnson were named to the all-tournament team as were Calby and Bowers. For both Bowers and Johnson, it marked the second straight year the two earned conference tournament recognition. Bennett finished the day with three draw controls and reached triple digits for her career as she now has 101.

Bowers’ 48 goals this season currently rank as tied for the 10th-best single-season mark in program history, while her 63 points are ninth best.