HANOVER, N.H. – With both snow flurries and temperatures falling Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team battled through the conditions to earn hard-fought 9-7 victory against visiting Boston University.
The non-conference win pushed the Big Green’s overall record to 3-1 this season, while the loss dropped the Terriers to 0-4.
Dartmouth controlled the tempo of the game throughout, dictating the play to its favor. That methodical style helped the team take an early lead and never trail on the afternoon, playing with the lead nearly the entire 60 minutes.
“Coming off the Yale game, this was a big win for our team,” head coach Amy Patton said. “We showed a lot of character today without several key players because of illness.
“It says a lot about the type of players we have on this team that they were able to overcome being so shorthanded and play the way we did,” Patton continued. “BU is a much better team than their record indicates and to beat a program like that is a great character win for our group.”
Patton’s team was strong on defense all afternoon, limiting the Terriers to just nine shots in the game, including just four in the second half.
At the other end of the field, the reigning Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week Sarah Byrne scored three times in the opening half to set the tone and now has a team-leading 16 goals in the first four games of 2014.
Additionally, Byrne was once again dominant in the midfield, tying her career high with seven draw controls, while also adding a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Sophomore Jaclyn Leto added a pair of tallies and an assist and senior Lindsey Allard had a goal and a helper for her third multi-point effort of the spring. Freshman Courtney Weisse scored the first two goals of her collegiate career with both coming in the first half.
After missing all of the 2013 season, senior Anjalie Christie returned the lineup this spring. Christie finally cracked the scoresheet, converting on a free-position shot 12:15 into the game for her first goal since April 16, 2012 against Niagara.
The Terriers got goals from six different players in the loss. Remy Nolan led the way with a pair of tallies off the bench and was the lone BU player with multiple points.
The Green held advantages in shots (20-9), draw controls (11-7), ground balls (16-10) and caused turnovers (9-3) in the contest as well.
Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello needed to make just two saves, while BU’s Caroline Meegan turned aside nine, including seven in the second half as the home team looked to put the game out of reach.
Dartmouth will conclude its four-game homestand Saturday against the University at Albany. Game time between the Big Green and Great Danes is set for 12 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.