No. RV/18 Dartmouth Big Green (7-3, 3-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 14/16  Cornell Big Red (6-3, 2-2 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, April 6, 2013 ▶ 12 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 29-6 (36th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: May 4, 2012 (Philadelphia) - W, 9-8
 Streak: 6-0

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is back in action on Saturday against Cornell in an Ivy League match-up that will wrap-up the current three-game homestand. The two rivals will square-off Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field with the opening draw set for noon.

Last Saturday against Brown, the Big Green needed to fight back from a 4-2 halftime deficit to earn a last-second victory, 8-7, in Hanover. Sophomore Sarah Byrne scored with 13.6 seconds left in regulation to give the Green the one-goal victory after the Bears controlled much of the game and slowed down the tempo in the final minutes. Dartmouth held Brown without a goal for nearly the final 13:56 of play with Byrne’s goal giving the home team just its second lead of the afternoon.

In the latest Inside Lacrosse deBeer Media Poll, the Big Green currently hold the No. 18 spot in the national rankings. However, for the first time in more than five years, Dartmouth is not ranked in the top-20 of the IWLCA Coaches Poll as it is receiving votes this week.

The Big Red got off to a strong start in 2013, winning their first six games of the spring. That start has since given way to a three-game slide to drop the team to 6-3 overall this season and 2-2 in Ivy League contests. The last two losses of the current skid came at the hands of Penn (12-11, OT) and at Princeton (12-10) following earlier wins against Harvard and at Columbia. After registering 16 points as a freshman, Lindsay Toppe has emerged as one of the conference’s top offensive threats as a sophomore this season with 31 goals and 40 points. She is complemented by Caroline Salisbury and Amanda D’Amico, who both have more than 25 points apiece at this point of the season. Courtney Gallagher has started all nine of the team’s games in goal and boasts a 10.79 goals-against average and .383 save percentage.

In 35 previous meetings between the two programs, Dartmouth owns a 29-6 advantage, including wins in each of the last six match-ups. The Big Green won both games last season, including a 12-10 regular-season contest in Ithaca and a thrilling 8-7 victory in the Ivy League Tournament Semifinals in Philadelphia.

Dartmouth is 5-1 this season in one-goal games after taking out Brown last weekend. The Big Green played just three one-goal contests in 2012 (3-0) and have six combined in the last two years in 33 games, a total they matched this season in a third of the outings (11games).

Twice this season the Green have broken a tie with the game-winner in the final 20 seconds of regulation. Freshman Jaclyn Leto netted her second career marker with five seconds remaining in the home opener against New Hampshire on Feb. 28 to help her team to an 11-10 win. Leto also assisted on Byrne’s goal as her pass set up the sophomore with the winner with 13.6 seconds left against Brown.

Sophomore Liz Calby was a game-time decision against the Bears, but was in the starting lineup when they were announced. It was a good thing too as Calby scored twice in the game and pushed her career total to 50. She has 20 goals this season, matching her career high set last spring.

Senior Courtney Bennett, fresh off of tying a Dartmouth single-game record with nine draw controls against Vermont, picked up another five against the Bears. Her 38 draws in 10 games this season is 11 shy of her total output of 49 in her first three season in Hanover (42 games).

Another two goals for senior Hana Bowers pushed her streak of consecutive games with multiple goals to 13 dating back to last season. The run actually began with two tallies against Cornell in the semifinals of last season’s Ivy League Tournament.

Dartmouth has not lost at home to Cornell since April 21, 1984. Since that 12-9 defeat almost 30 years ago, the Big Green have gone 12-0 against the Big Red in Hanover. In all, Dartmouth is 13-2 at home in the all-time series with Cornell.

Six times this season at least three Big Green players have scored two or more goals in a game. That streak continued last week as Calby, Bowers and Byrne all had two goals in the win over the visiting Bears. Four straight games against UNH, Yale, Boston University and Florida all featured at least three players with multiple goals as have the last two outings against Vermont and Brown.

Following Saturday’s game with Cornell, Dartmouth will be on the road for a pair of games in the Mid-Atlantic Region at Penn and top-ranked Maryland next weekend. The return to Philadelphia after last year’s Ivy League Tournament win over the Quakers will feature two teams currently atop the league standings (3-0) in a Friday evening contest. The Big Green will then head down to College Park for a contest with No. 1 Maryland Sunday afternoon.