PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Liz Calby scored with 14 seconds left in regulation to break a 9-9 tie and give the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team its most memorable comeback victory in recent memory.
Brown held a 5-0 lead in the final minutes of the first half, but the Big Green never gave up and stormed all the way back to earn the 10-9 Ivy League win Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.
For Calby, it was her fourth goal and sixth point of the day that proved to be the winner, setting off an exuberant response from the Dartmouth sideline in the waning seconds.
With the win, the Green improved to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in league play. For the Bears, it was the first conference loss of the year, dropping them to 2-1 and 7-2 overall after beginning the spring with seven straight victories.
“I can’t remember the last time we fell behind by five and came back to win,” head coach Amy Patton admitted after the game. “I told the team we were still on the bus for the first 25 minutes, but Liz’s last-second goal in the first half was the turning point for us.
“We began to clamp down defensively in the second and played really well once the adjustments were implemented,” Patton continued. “I said at halftime that we need to take it one game at a time and we just let 30 minutes slip away from us. It was stressed that we needed to play a different game in the final half and I’m pleased with how the team responded to that adversity.”
It wasn’t until 1:31 remained in the first half that the Green and White managed to find any offensive success as Calby scored her first. She added another with one second left in the opening half on a free-position attempt to make it a 5-2 game at the intermission.
Brown and Dartmouth would exchange tallies in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza with the home team maintaining a four-goal lead, 8-4.
Jaclyn Leto then found the back of the net for the first time 10:25 into the second that would spur a 4-0 run to tie things up. In that stretch, Leto would add another two markers, while Danielle Lisovicz notched the other on an assist from Calby.
Richael Walsh responded by giving the home team a 9-8 lead with just under 10 to play, but that would be the last time the Bears got anything past goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello on this day.
Freshman Courtney Weiss was the recipient of another well-placed pass from Calby to pick up her third of the season, tying things up once again with 6:46 showing on the scoreboard. That tying marker laid the foundation for Calby’s late-game heroics after holding for the final possession.
Helping the winning cause was Giovanniello who came up with seven saves in the game, including four in the first half when Brown was at its sharpest. Kellie Roddy also stopped seven in a losing effort for the Bears.
In addition to her three goals and four points, Leto matched her career high with four draw controls. Freshman Lauren Maiorano added three as the visitors held a 12-8 advantage in the game, helping gain valuable possessions in its successful comeback bid.
Dartmouth also outshot Brown, 21-19, in the game, while committing six fewer fouls, 18-12.
In the meeting between these two teams last season in Hanover, then-sophomore Sarah Byrne scored the game-winning goal with 13.8 seconds remaining in regulation to give Dartmouth an 8-7 win, a feat Calby nearly duplicated on Saturday.
The Big Green remain on the road next weekend as they travel to Ithaca for a noon meeting with the Cornell Big Red on Saturday, April 5.