Dartmouth Big Green (4-1) vs.
Southern California Trojans (5-1)
Date: Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Location: Hanover, N.H. | Scully-Fahey Field
All-Time Series: USC Leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 3.23.16 | L, 17-4 | Los Angeles, Calif.
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is back home to take on Southern California Friday at Scully-Fahey Field. Opening Draw is set for 3 p.m.
Friday’s contest marks an 11-day hiatus for the Big Green who last played on March 5 at Columbia in New York.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Big Green fell to Columbia, 17-10, on Sunday, March 5.
- Senior Courtney Weisse scored three times with sophomores Kierra Sweeney and Elizabeth Mastrio notching a pair of goals each.
- Columbia was led by a five-goal game from Laine Parsons and four each from Taylor Quinn and Lindsey Ewertsen.
- It was the first loss in 20 all-time games against Columbia for the Big Green (19-1)
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
- USC comes into Friday’s game ranked No. 4 in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll.
- Senior Michaela Michael is an All-American and is the MPSF’s all-time leader in draw controls (320) with 45 already this season in just six games. She also leads the team in goals (14), assists (10) and points (24) in 2017.
- Southern Cal leads the nation on scoring defense (6.33) and is 13th in scoring offense (14.83), while their scoring margin is second (8.50) amongst all Division I programs.
AGAINST THE WOMEN OF TROY
- The Big Green are 0-2 against USC.
- Dartmouth lost, 17-4, last season in the game played in Los Angeles.
- USC won the first game between the two, played in Hanover on March 28, 2015. A career day from Taryn Deck saw the then-sophomore midfielder score three times. Deck entered the contest having scored just one goal in her career, a figure she tripled on that cold Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. Trailing 8-5 midway through the second half, goals from Weisse and Deck cut the deficit to just one in the final minutes, but a tally from Caroline Cordrey with 4:08 left was the insurance marker the visitors needed in the victory.
LET’S TALK COACHES
- Dartmouth’s first-year head coach Danielle Spencer is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern.
- Spencer joined the Wildcats the year after USC’s head coach Lindsey Munday graduated, having helped lead Northwestern to their first two national championships.
- However, Munday became an assistant with the Wildcats upon graduation where she coached Spencer to three straight national titles (2007, 2008, 2009) in her first three seasons.
- Upon leaving Northwestern, Munday took a short stint as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s during the fall season before leaving to take the USC position in January. While at The Mount, Dartmouth assistant Nicole Price was a senior on that team that had Munday as a coach for several fall months.
- Now in her fifth season at USC, former Dartmouth goalkeeper Devon Wills ’06 has proven to be one of the top assistant coaches in the country. Wills is now USC’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and returns to Hanover as the program’s all-time leader in goalkeeper wins (51), second in career saves (538) and third in goals-against average (7.14).
- As the Dartmouth keeper in her final game, Wills lost the 2006 national championship game to Munday and the Wildcats. Wills made six saves in the 7-4 loss with one of those beating her coming from Munday, also in her final collegiate game.
- With another 18 draw controls at Columbia, Dartmouth remains second in the nation in draws per games this season, averaging 17.0 per game.
- Only North Carolina’s 17.75 rank higher in 2017.
- Kathryn Giroux had nine draws against the Lions and is the Ivy League leader with 5.40 per game this season. Lauren Maiorano is second in the conference, averaging 4.20 a clip.
- Dartmouth’s 21.0 points per game is second in the Ancient Eight and 12th nationally.
- Weisse (14-3-17), Cara DePippo (13-4-17) and Kierra Sweeney (11-6-17) are all tied for the team lead in scoring this season with 17 points each, with Mastrio (12-4-16) one point back.
BATTLE OF THE KEEPERS
- Friday’s match-up will feature two of this season’s best goalkeepers.
- Dartmouth freshman Kiera Vrindten is sixth nationally in save percentage (.570), while USC senior Gussie Johns (.566) is seventh.
- Vrindten is second in the country in saves per game at 12.20, trailing only Caroline Meegan (12.40) of BU. Johns is 70th with a 7.17 mark.
- Fans with subscriptions to the league’s service can watch Friday’s game live on the Ivy League Digital Network or follow along with live stats provided by Dartmouthsports.com. John Avino will be providing play-by-play of the game on the ILDN broadcast.
- Fans can also follow in-game action via the team’s official Twitter account: @DartmouthWLAX.
The Big Green won’t play again until Saturday, March 25 when they play host to Princeton in the Ivy League home opener. The Tigers are currently sixth in the national polls.