PRINCETON, N.J. – Like it has so often recently, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team demonstrated its tremendous resolve Saturday afternoon at Sherrerd Stadium against Princeton.
The host Tigers held several leads in the game that might have seemed insurmountable to other teams, but the Big Green never let those deficits deter them from continuing to push play and make a game of things.
In the end, however, time was not on the side of those wearing green and white as Princeton held on for the 12-10 win and at least a share of the 2014 Ivy League title.
The Tigers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) held an 11-6 lead with 8:09 remaining before Dartmouth (5-8, 2-4 Ivy) ended the game on a 4-1 run to make things too close for comfort for some on the home team’s sideline.
“Of all the games we’ve played this season, this was the one that truly demonstrated what ‘Dartmouth Lacrosse’ is all about,” head coach Amy Patton said afterwards. “There were several factors that went against us today, but everyone on the field showed a great deal of grit, determination and heart to never let those stop us in what we were tying to do.”
“I am very proud of the way we played today,” Patton continued. “There is no quit in this team and I can’t fault them for the outcome, given what they left on the field.”
Early in the second half and Princeton leading 5-1, the Big Green got three goals from Lindsey Allard, Hannah Saris and Sarah Byrne in a 38-second span to cut the deficit to just one. Each time, Dartmouth players won the draw, carried the ball into the attacking zone and found a way to score quickly.
In the game, Byrne led the visitors with three goals, while seniors Allard and Liz Calby each potted a pair. For Calby, her first of the day was the 90th in her collegiate career as she is now just five away from moving into the top-20 in program history.
Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello turned aside five shots as her team fell in its fourth straight game. Tigers’ keeper Annie Woehling at the other end of the field made just two saves, while allowing 10 in a winning effort.
Dartmouth held a 15-10 edge in draw controls, including an 11-7 figure in the second half when scoring was a frequent occurrence.
The Big Green return to action next Friday night under the lights of Harvard Stadium against the Crimson at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale.