Dartmouth Big Green (1-0) vs.
UConn Huskies (1-1)
▶ Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 ▶ 3 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: First All-Time Meeting
▶ Last Meeting: N/A
▶ Streak: N/A
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will make its 2014 home debut Wednesday afternoon when it plays host to Connecticut at Scully-Fahey Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green opened the season with a 15-7 win over in-state rival UNH Saturday afternoon in Durham. Liz Calby had four goals and five points to lead the way on the scoresheet. Her four goals were matched by junior Sarah Byrne, while sophomore Jaclyn Leto scored three and added an assist for four points as well. It was the fourth straight win in a season opener and the fourth straight victory against the Wildcats.
The Huskies come to Hanover with a 1-1 record after defeating Quinnipiac, 17-7, at home on Saturday afternoon. In the win over the Bobcats, 10 different players scored goals, helping UConn to its first victory of 2014 after opening the year with a 7-5 loss to rival UMass. Katherine Finkelston scored five goals and added one assist off the bench against QU, while Lauren Kahn had five points on three goals and two assists in the win. Overall, Kahn leads the team in scoring with 10 points after factoring into every goal against the Minutewomen, scoring four times and picking up a helper, in the opener. Goalkeeper Shannon Nee has played three-of-four halves this season so far and boasts a 7.33 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
ALL-TIME AGAINST UCONN
Wednesday’s contest is the first all-time between the two New England schools with UConn beginning its program in the 1997 season.
Calby’s fourth goal of the game at UNH was the 100th point in her collegiate career. The senior from Darien, Conn., entered the season with 95 points in the first three years in a Dartmouth uniform, only to score five in the season opener and get the milestone.
YOU MADE RECORD TIME!
In addition to her 100th career point registered in the final two minutes of the win at UNH, Calby also made her presence felt early on. Her first goal of the day came just 13 seconds into the game, setting what appears to be the NCAA record for the fastest goal to start a season by any team in women’s lacrosse history. Freshman Courtney Weisse collected the game’s opening draw control and fed Calby for the contest’s first goal in record-setting time.
FOUR IN A GAME
It’s becoming a common theme for Sarah Byrne to score four goals in a game. She now has done so in three straight games dating back to last season after netting the quartet of tallies Saturday afternoon. She also had four against Boston College and Syracuse in the first- and second-round games of the 2013 NCAA Tournament last May.
Weisse not only assisted on Calby’s first goal of the game, but also her second of the afternoon with 10:19 left in the final stanza. She was the lone Dartmouth player with multiple assists on the day, while also adding three draw controls and a ground ball in her collegiate debut.
SHOTS ON GOAL
The Big Green managed an astounding 35 shot attempts at UNH on Saturday of which 29 made their way on goal. The most shots during the 2013 season were 30 against Vermont in the ninth game of the year. Dartmouth had 36 shots against Niagara in a 21-4 victory on April 16, 2012.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Wednesday’s game also marks the first of 11 this season in which the Big Green will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. All seven home games and four league road games will be shown live on the Ancient Eight’s new online broadcast home.
FIRST OF FOUR
Dartmouth’s home opener on Wednesday afternoon is the first of four straight at Scully-Fahey Field. The last four-game homestand for the Big Green was in 2012 when it opened at UNH before returning to face Yale, BU, Vermont and Duke in early March.
Senior Lindsay Allard needed just one point at UNH for 50 in her career. She got two as she scored once and assisted on another, giving her 51 in her 36th game wearing the Green and White.
After taking on UConn, the Big Green will have to quickly shift focus to Saturday’s Ivy League opener as Yale comes to Hanover. Following the game with the Bulldogs, Dartmouth will host Boston University (March 5) and Albany (March 8).