Dartmouth Big Green (5-5, 2-2 Ivy) vs.
Penn Quakers  (6-3, 2-0 Ivy)

▶ Saturday, April 12, 2014 ▶ 12 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: 22-16 (39th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting:  May 5, 2013 / L, 10-7 (Philadelphia/Ivy Final)
▶ Streak: 0-2

Dartmouth Big Green (5-5, 2-2 Ivy) vs.
Hofstra Pride  (5-8, 0-2 CAA)

▶ Monday, April 14, 2014 ▶ 3 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: 0-0 (1st Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting:  N/A
▶ Streak: N/A

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team returns home to Hanover for a pair of games at Scully-Fahey Field this Saturday and Monday against Ivy League foe Penn and non-conference Hofstra.

The Big Green wrapped up a three-game road swing at Cornell last Saturday afternoon. In perhaps the most competitive game of the season, Dartmouth fell, 11-10, in a sudden-victory second overtime to the Big Red as Lindsey Toppe netted the winner with just 1:17 remaining on the clock. Sophomore Jaclyn Leto led the way with five goals and a career-high five draws. Her final two markers of the day came in the last minute of the first OT period to tie things up at 10-10 and force the sudden-victory situation.

The Quakers come to Hanover for the first time in two years after the last three meetings between the two teams have been played in Philadelphia. Despite its league-low 7.88 goals per game figure, Penn is the lone unbeaten Ivy team right now at 2-0 and is ranked ninth in the latest IWLCA national poll. However, the Quakers have overcome that lack of scoring with a strong defense that is first among the conference’s eight teams by allowing just 7.75 goals against per game and ranking second in the league with 9.50 caused turnovers a contest. Tory Bensen and Nina Corcoran share the team lead with 21 points. Bensen has a Penn-best 17 goals, while no other player has more assists than Corcoran’s 11. Lucy Ferguson is the goalkeeper of record in all nine games, boasting the 6-3 mark with a .485 save percentage and an 8.20 goals against average.

The Big Green hold a 22-16 all-time advantage in the series with Penn. The two teams have met in the Ivy League Tournament Championship the last two years with Dartmouth taking the title in 2012 and Penn responding with the 2013 crown. In each of those seasons, the team that defeated the other in the regular season went on to also win the championship meeting.

The Pride make the trip to Hanover for a Monday afternoon matinee at 3 p.m. After a 5-2 start to the season, Hofstra has dropped its last six games dating back to Mar. 15 against No. 20 Ohio State. In the most recent outings, the team has fallen at home to Towson (9-5) and Delaware (8-7) in the first two CAA games of the season. To say the offense runs through the stick of Brittain Altomare would be a vast understatement as she has 52 of the team’s 152 total points this season. She leads the squad in goals (25) and assists (27) with no other player even boasting half as many in either category. Kelsey Gregerson is the Pride’s top goalkeeper with an 8.04 goals against average and a .498 save percentage.

Monday marks the first-ever meeting between Hofstra and Dartmouth. The Pride are the only opponent on the schedule this season to have never played the Green and White prior to 2014.

Leto has led or shared the team lead in scoring in three of the last four games. Since the Columbia game on Mar. 22, the Chatham, N.J., native has posted a team-best 18 points in just four contests; five more than teammate Liz Calby in that same stretch.

After two games without a point, junior Sarah Byrne regained her scoring touch with three goals at Cornell last weekend. Byrne began the season with four straight games of three or more goals, but had not reached that figure since Mar. 5 at Boston University.

Following the conclusion of Saturday’s matchup with the Quakers, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will honor six members of the senior class playing in their final regular season Ivy League home game. Calby, Anjalie Christie, Bailey Johnson, Lindsey Allard, Kara Lehman and Kristen Giovanniello will all be recognized for their contributions to the program in the last four years.

Dartmouth’s overtime loss at Cornell was the first game of the season that needed extra time to settle things. The last time the Green needed OT was in the semifinals of last season’s Ivy League Tournament in Philadelphia against Princeton, a game Dartmouth won by the same 11-10 score.

Liz Calby – 87 Goals / 39 Assists / 126 Points / 46 Ground Balls
Frances Bird – 46 Games Played
Jaclyn Leto – 47 Goals / 32 Points this season (new career high)
Sarah Byrne – 57 Points / 24 Ground Balls / 51 Draw Controls
Christine Lushefski – 28 Ground Balls
Jessica Venturino – 24 Games Played
Lindsey Allard – 43 Games Played / 38 Career Goals / 22 Assists / 34 Ground Balls / 47 Draw Controls
Bailey Johnson – 46 Ground Balls / 21 Caused Turnovers
Kristen Giovanniello – 493 Saves (7 short of becoming third goalkeeper in program history to reach 500 saves)

Penn (2-0), Harvard (3-1) and Princeton (3-1) own the top three spots in the most up-to-date standings. Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell are all log jammed into the fourth and final Ivy League Tournament spot at 2-2, while Yale (1-3) and Columbia (0-4) occupy seventh and eighth.

Following Monday’s game, the Green and White will head to Princeton on Saturday, April 19 for a 1 p.m. contest with the Tigers.