Dartmouth Big Green (3-3, 0-1 Ivy) vs.
Columbia Lions (2-3, 0-2 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, March 22, 2014 ▶ 2 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: 16-0 (17th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting:  March 23, 2013 / W, 8-7 (New York)
▶ Streak: 16-0

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team plays host to Columbia Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field in just the second Ivy League contest of the season for the Big Green. Originally set for noon, opening draw has been pushed to 2 p.m. to take into account weather in the area earlier in the day.

The Green return home after battling No. 4/5 Florida Tuesday night in Gainesville.  The Gators pulled out the 14-7 win, but despite the score, Dartmouth was never out of the game, keeping things close throughout.

The Lions come to Hanover with a 2-3 overall record after defeating Fresno State, 14-8, Wednesday afternoon in the Golden State. Columbia was 1-1 on its road trip to the left coast, narrowly falling to USC, 9-8, on Monday afternoon. In conference play, the team is 0-2 with losses to Brown (9-6) and at Cornell (16-6). Leading the way offensively is Paige Cuscovitch with 16 points and 13 goals. Her three assists are tied with Kate Murphy (10 pts) for the team lead as well. Ashley Rinere is the third member of the team to have reached double-digit scoring at this point, netting nine goals and 11 points in the five games. Colleen Packer has been the goalkeeper in net for all 300 minutes of action this season, boasting the 2-3 overall record and a 10.00 goals-against average to go along with her .324 save percentage.

Dartmouth has owned the all-time series with Columbia, dating back to the first meeting between the two in 1998. The Big Green have won all 16 match-ups with the Lions since then. Last season’s 8-7 victory was the first time Columbia held the Green and White below 10 goals and was also the closest game in the series with a 12-9 win in 2009 holding the previous mark.

Saturday will mark the 350th career game as the Dartmouth head coach for Amy Patton, now in her 22nd season on the sidelines in Hanover. Patton began her tenure as head coach in 1993 and has been the team’s bench boss for 58 percent of the program’s all-time games.

After turning in her second-best single-game save total with 15 at Florida, senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello sits alone in third in Dartmouth history for a career with 458. Her eighth save of the day moved her past Julie Wadland ’10 and the former GK’s 450 stops from 2007-10 on the all-time list. Devon Wills ’06 (538) and Sarah Hughes ’02 (550) are the only other Big Green keepers ahead of the Old Brookville, N.Y., native in program history.

Prior to Tuesday night’s game with the Gators, sophomore Ingrid Hermanson had played in just three games without registering a point in her career. That all changed as the Mountain Lakes, N.J., native scored three second-half goals to finally crack the scoresheet. Her three tallies were the most by any player in Green during the game.

Senior Liz Calby assisted on all three of Hermanson’s goals in Gainesville to finish one shy of her career-best four set last season at home against Vermont.  The three helpers were a new team season high for any individual player this spring.

After playing out a four-game homestand between Feb. 26 and Mar. 8, the Green and White headed out on the road for the contest in Florida. However, the time in the warm sunshine was short-lived as the team is back at home for the one game with Columbia. After Saturday, Dartmouth will travel to Vermont (Mar. 26), Brown (Mar. 29) and Cornell (April 5) before returning to the Upper Valley again in mid-April.

The Big Green and Princeton remain the only two teams with just one Ivy game on their schedule so fare. Brown and Penn sit atop the standings with perfect 2-0 marks in Ancient Eight play with Yale, Cornell and Harvard all tied for third at 1-1. Columbia is 0-2.

Among Ivy players, junior Sarah Byrne’s 18 goals are third, while her 44 shots are second. Giovanniello’s 53 saves are second among goalkeepers with her .453 save percentage ranking fifth. As a team, Dartmouth leads the way with 82.1 percent of total shot attempts finding their way on goal this season..

Liz Calby – 78 Goals / 113 Points
Frances Bird – 42 Games Played
Jaclyn Leto – 12 Assists / 43 Points
Sarah Byrne – 27 Games Played / 45 Goals / 42 Draw Controls
Christine Lushefski – 28 Games Played
Lindsey Allard – 35 Goals / 56 Points / 37 Draw Controls
Bailey Johnson – 47 Games Played / 40 GB / 18 CT
Kristen Giovanniello – 58 Games played / 57 Starts / 3,383:30 Played / 458 Saves
Amy Patton – 349 Career Games Coached (all at Dartmouth)

The Big Green head to Burlington on Wednesday afternoon to take on regional rival Vermont at 3 p.m.