Dartmouth Big Green (3-1, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Albany Great Danes (3-0, 0-0 America East)
▶ Saturday, March 8, 2014 ▶ 12 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: 1-1 (3rd All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting:  May 15, 2011 / L, 10-7 (Hanover - NCAA Tournament)
▶ Streak: 0-1

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will wrap-up its early-season four-game homestand Saturday against visiting Albany. The Big Green and Great Danes will square-off at Scully-Fahey Field with opening draw slated for noon.

In its most recent outing, Dartmouth controlled play and dictated tempo in a 9-7 victory against BU on Wednesday afternoon in Hanover. The Green never trailed in the contest and implemented a style of play that limited the Terriers’ chances, while also creating timely goals at the other end of the field.

Albany brings a perfect 3-0 mark to Hanover for Saturday’s game, while in those three wins, the team is averaging an impressive 17.33 goals per game. The Great Danes began the season with contests at Bryant (20-13) and Manhattan (16-5) before opening up their home schedule last Saturday against Quinnipiac (20-2).  Rachel Bowles leads the team in goals (13), assists (8) and points (21) through three games. Dakotah Savitcheff is second in goals with 11, while Ariana Parker’s 10 points rank third in scoring. Anna Berman has seen an overwhelming majority of time in the circle so far, boasting a 3-0 record to go along with a 6.14 goals-against average and a .419 save percentage.

This will be just the third all-time meeting between the two programs and just the second in the regular season. Dartmouth won the first-ever match-up on March 10, 2005 in dominating fashion, 17-3. The Great Danes would get their revenge in 2011 with a 10-7 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Both previous meetings were played in Hanover.

Sarah Byrne continues her career-best scoring pace to start the season as she netted another three goals in the win over BU. Byrne not only leads the team in both goals (16) and points (18), but now is one point shy of reaching 50 in her career as she entered the 2014 campaign with 31.  So far this spring, the junior has games of four (UNH), six (UConn), three (Yale) and three (BU) goals to her credit.

Freshman Courtney Weisse notched the first two goals of her collegiate career on Wednesday against Boston University. She began the season with a two-assist performance at UNH, but with quick one-time-like goals on perfectly placed passes from Lindsey Allard and Jaclyn Leto, Weisse was able to crack the scoresheet with her first two markers.

If Weisse was busy scoring the first goals of her career in the first half, senior Anjalie Christie was netting her first in nearly two years in the same time period. Christie scored one of the team’s four free-position goals against BU, her first since April 16, 2012 when she had had a three-point afternoon against Niagara. The senior did not play in 2013 due to illness.

Part of the reason Dartmouth was able to control play against BU was its domination in the midfield. The Big Green held statistical advantages in shots (20-9), ground balls (16-10), draw controls (11-7) and free-position goals (4-7 to 1-2), while turning the ball over six fewer times (14-8). Dartmouth was also a perfect 11-for-11 in clearing attempts, while causing the Terriers to fail seven times (10-17).

Head Coach Amy Patton was limited in her lineup on Wednesday as six players did not dress due to illness. Despite the shortened bench, the Green and White still managed to pick up the win.

Liz Calby – 43 GB / 107 Points (Needs 18 to move into 20th all-time at Dartmouth)
Frances Bird – 39 GB
Jaclyn Leto – 24 GB / 38 Points / 22 Draw Controls
Sarah Byrne – 43 Goals / 49 Points / 39 Draw Controls
Lindsey Allard – 56 Points / 39 Games Played
Bailey Johnson – 39 GB / 19 CT
Kristen Giovanniello – 37 Career Wins / 433 Saves (Needs 18 to move into third all-time at Dartmouth)

With the conclusion of the homestand, Dartmouth will have just three games remaining in the Upper Valley this season. The only time the Green will host opponents at home in consecutive outings will be on April 12 and 14 as Penn and Hofstra come to Hanover.

Dartmouth will have a nine-day break between Albany and its next game at Florida on March 18 in Gainesville. Opening draw between the Gators and Big Green is set for 6:30 p.m.