PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in as many years, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will play in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game. This time it will be thanks in large part to the play of senior Hana Bowers in Friday’s semifinal match-up against Princeton at Franklin Field.
Bowers, a 2013 First Team All-Ivy League player, scored a free-position shot with 1:22 left in double overtime that gave her team an 11-10 victory over the Tigers, sending the third-seeded Big Green to the finals Sunday at noon against the hosts and top seed from Penn.
The final game of the weekend will serve as a rematch from last year’s championship that Dartmouth won, 6-4, over the Quakers. Penn advanced to Sunday’s tilt with a 10-5 victory over Cornell in the second semifinal. In four seasons of Ivy League Tournaments, Penn and Dartmouth have played for the crown three times (2010, 2012, 2013).
The game-winner was Bowers’ fifth of the day and her sixth point after also adding an assist on the first marker of the afternoon.
The longest game in Ivy League Tournament history earned such distinction after both teams missed out on chances to score in the final minutes of both regulation and the first overtime period.
Dartmouth held the ball for nearly four minutes at the end of the second half, but was unable to manage the last-second winner. Princeton was denied by a big save from junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello in the waning seconds of the first OT, looking to wrap things up before the contest moved to a sudden victory situation.
“Honestly, either team could’ve won that game today,” head coach Amy Patton said. “We showed a lot of grit and heart to get the ball back in overtime that gave us a great opportunity to get the win.
“I’m really proud of the team’s effort today, especially our seniors,” Patton continued.
Freshman Jaclyn Leto and junior Liz Calby also chipped in at the offensive end of the field as each netted a pair in the win, while seniors Courtney Bennett and Kelsey Johnson had the other two. Giovanniello finished the game with six saves, while Tigers’ goalkeeper Caroline Franke stopped 12 as Dartmouth held a 29-20 advantage in shots.
In moving on to Sunday, the Big Green and Penn become the first two teams in the tournament’s four-year history to play in consecutive championship tilts and the only three-time finalists.
By knocking off the Tigers on Friday, the Green exacted some level of revenge after Princeton won the regular season meeting between the two teams, 15-13, on April 20 in Hanover.
Half of Dartmouth’s 16 games this season have been decided by one goal with the Green and White posting an impressive 6-2 mark in those contests after Friday’s outcome.
Sunday’s game is set for a noon opening draw from Penn’s Franklin Field.