Dartmouth Big Green (3-2, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Florida Gators (8-2, 1-0 ALC)
▶ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ▶ 6:30 PM ▶ Gainesville, Fla.
▶ Dizney Stadium (1,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 0-2 (3rd All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: March 9, 2013 / L, 14-9 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 0-2
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse returns to action Tuesday evening as it takes on No. 4/5 Florida in Gainesville. The 6:30 p.m. contest at Dizney Stadium is just the second road game of the year for the Big Green.
LAST TIME OUT
The Green and White last played on March 8, falling to Albany, 13-7, at home. Dartmouth tied things up early in the second half, but the Great Danes went on a six-goal run to wrap-up the third-ever meeting between the two teams to earn the victory.
A BIT OF A BREAK
It will have been nine days in between games for the Big Green when they step on the field Tuesday night in central Florida. The reason for the lay-off between contests was due to Dartmouth’s academic calendar that had players in an exam period during the break from competition.
The Gators are 8-2 overall this season and are currently No. 4/5 in the national polls. The team’s only two losses this spring have come at the hands of No. 1 North Carolina in the opener and No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon in its most recent outing. In between the losses, Florida won eight in row. This season, UF has scored 15 or more goals six times and has reached 20 or more on four occasions. Shannon Gilroy is the nation’s leading goal scorer with 43 in the 10 games. Her 12 assists and 55 points are also tops on the team and rank among the nation’s best. The Gators seem to start each game with Cara Canington in goal before playing Mary-Sean Wilcox in the second half. Canington boasts a 7-2 record with a .500 save percentage and an 8.67 goals-against average.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE GATORS
These two teams met last season in Hanover on March 9 with the road team coming away with a 14-9 victory. The loss snapped Dartmouth’s 16-game home win streak that dated back more than two full seasons. Both teams had entered the game with perfect records as the Gators improved to 9-0, while the Green dropped to 4-1.
Against Albany, sophomore Jaclyn Leto led Dartmouth in scoring with three goals. It was the second time this season that Leto netted a trio of markers after also recording a hat trick on Feb. 22 in the season opener at New Hampshire.
Senior Lindsey Allard had a career day in the midfield against the Great Danes. Her eight draw controls were four times as many as her previous career high of two entering the game. The eight draws also rank as the third-best single-game figure in program history after Sarah Plumb ’12 and Courtney Bennett ’13 both had nine in a game during the last two years. Allard now has 10 total draws this season to rank second on the team to Sarah Byrne’s 25.
After missing the Boston University game due to illness, senior captain Liz Calby returned to the lineup against Albany. Calby registered a goal and the team’s lone assist in the loss as well as one ground ball. Her 10th marker of the year came 12:06 into the second half and tied the game at 7-7. Calby’s appearance against Albany also marked her 50th career game played in a Big Green uniform.
BYRNE AT THE TOP
Though she had just one goal against the Great Danes, it was a memorable one for Sarah Byrne. The junior’s one tally in the game proved to be the 50th point of her collegiate career. This season, Byrne leads the team in goals (17), points (19) and draw controls (25).
Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello turned aside 10 shots in the most recent outing for her second-best figure of the 2014 campaign (11 vs. Yale). For her career, Giovanniello has 443 saves and trails Julie Wadland ’10 (450) for third place all-time at Dartmouth.
APPROACHING CAREER MILESTONES
Liz Calby – 77 Goals / 109 Points / 44 GB
Frances Bird – 16 Points / 28 CT / 41 GB / 22 DC
Jaclyn Leto – 24 Games Played / 41 Points / 26 GB / 23 DC / 17 CT
Sarah Byrne – 44 Goals / 22 GB / 41 DC
Christine Lushefski – 17 GB
Lindsey Allard – 34 Goals / 22 Assists / 56 Points / 37 DC
Bailey Johnson – 46 Games Played / 39 GB / 18 CT
Kristen Giovanniello – 57 Games Played (56 Starts) / 443 Saves (Needs 8 to move into 3rd place all-time at Dartmouth) / 37 Wins
Amy Patton – 348 Career Games Coached (Columbia will be 350th)
END OF THE HOMESTAND
Dartmouth wrapped up its early-season homestand with a 2-2 record. The Big Green defeated UConn and Boston University, while suffering losses to Yale and Albany at Scully-Fahey Field. The team has just three home games remaining on the 2014 schedule.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
Brown and Penn sit atop the league standings with 2-0 conference marks. Yale, Cornell and Harvard have split their two Ivy Games, while Columbia is 0-2 thus far. Dartmouth and Princeton, opponents in last season’s tournament semifinals, are both 0-1 in Ancient Eight play.
The Big Green return home from the Sunshine State to host Columbia on Saturday at noon.