No. 3 Dartmouth Big Green (9-6, 5-2 Ivy) vs.
No. 2 Princeton Tigers (10-5, 6-1 Ivy)
▶ Friday, May 3, 2013 ▶ 4 PM ▶ Philadelphia, Pa.
▶ Franklin Field (52,593)
▶ All-Time Series: Princeton, 23-17 (41st Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: April 20, 2013 (Hanover) - L, 15-13
▶ Streak: 0-2
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will be back in action at the 2013 Ivy League tournament this weekend in Philadelphia. Penn will once again host the event at historic Franklin Field with the semifinals set for Friday and the championship taking place on Sunday. The Big Green will play Princeton in the first game of the weekend at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.
As the Ivy League Champion, Penn has earned the right to host for the fourth straight season and is once again the No. 1 seed. Princeton is the No. 2 seed, while Dartmouth is No. 3 and Cornell rounds out the field at No. 4. The winners of Friday’s semifinal match-ups will move on to play Sunday at noon for the postseason crown.
In the meeting between these two teams just two weeks ago in Hanover (April 20), the Tigers came out on top, 15-13, in what was a back-and-forth game of runs broadcast live to a national audience on Fox College Sports. After the Green took just their second lead of the game at 13-12 in the final 10 minutes, Princeton answered with the final three goals of the afternoon to earn the conference win and lock up the No. 2 seed this weekend.
Head coach Amy Patton picked a solid trio of players to serve as team captains this season as all three earned All-Ivy League honors this week. Courtney Bennett and Hana Bowers were tabbed to the first team, while Kelsey Johnson earned a place on the second team for the second time in her career (2011). In addition to those three, junior Liz Calby and Kristen Giovanniello were selected to the Honorable Mention Team.
FOURTH TIME FOR SURE
The Big Green and Quakers remain the only two teams to have qualified for the Ivy League Tournament in all four years of its existence. Princeton and Cornell will be making their third respective appearances in the postseason since it began in 2010.
In the regular season finale against Harvard, Bowers and Calby both had career days at the offensive end of the field. Both scored five goals, while Calby’s two assists gave her seven points and the narrow edge over Bowers who had just one helper for six points. However, Bowers did pick up a career-high seven draw controls in the contest, two better than her previous high.
For the first time in their careers, seniors Casey Griffin and Julia Szafman were given the nod as starters in the contest with the Crimson. They joined their teammates Kyra Hansson, Ellie Clayton, Bennett, Bowers and Johnson in the starting lineups as part of Senior Day celebrations. Szafman also finished the game in the Dartmouth circle, playing 10:45 in her first appearance of the season.
HELPING OUT 3 TIMES
Bowers and Calby were not the only two players to cap the regular season on a high note. Kelsey Johnson finished strong, registering a career-high three assists in the game with Harvard, one shy of her previous three-year combined total of four.
A WIN WOULD…
A victory on Friday would set up the Green to play either Cornell or Penn on Sunday afternoon for a shot at the league’s postseason title. Dartmouth has been to the championship game twice, falling to Penn, 9-8, in 2010 and defeating the Quakers last season, 6-4.
Three players from last season’s Ivy League All-Tournament Team will be back again for the Big Green in 2013. Johnson, Bowers and Giovanniello all played a major role in the program’s first postseason title last spring and all return for a shot at another. Giovanniello was named the Most Outstanding Player in that two-game stretch for turning aside 18 total shots, including a finals-record nine against Penn.
After Friday comes the Ivy League Championship Game on Sunday afternoon. Following the game on Sunday, the NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be held announcing the 13 automatic bids and the 13 at-large teams who will comprise the newly expanded 26-team format.
2010 - at Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Semifinal 1 - Dartmouth def. Cornell, 10-8
Semifinal 2 - Penn def. Princeton, 13-9
Championship - Penn def. Dartmouth, 9-8
2011 - at Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Semifinal 1 - Harvard def. Dartmouth, 11-10
Semifinal 2 - Princeton def. Penn, 10-8 (OT)
Championship - Princeton def. Harvard, 12-10
2012 - at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park (Philadelphia)
Semifinal 1 - Dartmouth def. Cornell, 9-8
Semifinal 2 - Penn def. Harvard, 9-5
Championship - Dartmouth def. Penn, 6-4
|2013 Ivy Tourney Teams All-Time Records|