Dartmouth Big Green (0-0) vs.
UMass Lowell River Hawks (0-0)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 | 2:30 PM
Location: Lowell, Mass. | Cushing Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 1-0
Last Meeting: 2.20.16 | W, 18-2 | Hanover
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team opens up the 2017 season Saturday afternoon at UMass Lowell. The season’s opening draw control is set for 2:30 p.m. from Cushing Field.
- Danielle Spencer begins her tenure as the Big Green’s head coach. Spencer was hired last summer and becomes just the fourth head coach in the program’s 45-year history.
- Spencer comes to Dartmouth after a four-year stint as an assistant at her alma mater Northwestern and one year on the Stanford sidelines. As a coach, she helped the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of trips to the Final Four (2013, 2014).
- A four-year standout at Northwestern from 2006-10, Spencer was a part of three national championship teams (2007, 2008, 2009) and one national runner-up (2010) during her outstanding playing career.
The Big Green were picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League’s preseason poll as conducted by media members and the conference’s sports information directors. Princeton, Penn and Cornell occupied the top-three spots, while Harvard was the other team slotted ahead of the team from the Upper Valley.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL
- The River Hawks begin their third varsity season after starting in 2015. In the previous two seasons, the team has compiled a 1-33 mark with the program’s lone win coming at home against Siena on March 2, 2016; a 12-8 triumph. UML would finish the 2016 campaign 1-16.
- The team was outscored on average, 13.29 to 5.35 last season.
- Junior Taylor Sokol is the top returner after leading the team in scoring last season with 23 points, 15 goals, and eight assists. Sokol shared the team lead for goals with Noelle Lambert, a sophomore on this year’s team and a Londonderry, New Hampshire, native.
AGAINST THE RIVER HAWKS
- These two teams met in the season opener for both last year. Dartmouth dominated, winning, 18-2, and scoring the final 11 goals of the afternoon.
- Jaclyn Leto ’16 scored five first-half goals and became the 17th player in program history to eclipse the 100-career point milestone in doing so.
- Taryn Deck and Courtney Weisse also notched hat tricks in the game. For Deck, it was the second time in her career reaching the figure, while Weisse set a new personal best in both goals and points (4) in the contest.
45 YEARS OF DARTMOUTH WOMEN’S LACROSSE
The 2017 season marks the 45th for the women’s lacrosse team at Dartmouth. The Big Green have won 11 Ivy League Championships, one Ivy League Tournament Championship, earned 11 berths into the NCAA Tournament and have reached the Final Four four times since the pioneering 1973 season in which the team played just four games.
After last season’s 16-goal win against UML, Dartmouth improved to 23-21 all-time in season-opening contests.
IF YOU THOUGHT LAST YEAR WAS EARLY…
This year’s opener is a new record for the earliest start in program history. The first game of the 2016 campaign came on Saturday, Feb. 20, while this season’s contest bests that mark by two days and comes against the same program.
The 2017 incarnation of the Big Green features 31 players on the roster. Of those 31 players, 19 are either freshmen (11) or sophomores (8). Brown has the second-most underclassmen on its roster in 2017 with 18 (9/9), while only Penn reached double-digits in terms of members of the Class of 2020 suiting up this spring with 10.
Here are the top-returning players from last season in each of the major statistical categories (overall team rank):
Points: Taryn Deck, 34 (2nd)
Goals: Taryn Deck, 24 (2nd)
Assists: Taryn Deck, 10 (1st)
Ground Balls: Charlotte Wahle, 33 (1st)
Draw Controls: Elizabeth Mastrio, 39 (2nd)
Free-Position Goals: Elizabeth Mastrio, 8 (2nd)
Shots: Taryn Deck, 48 (2nd)
Shots on Goal: Taryn Deck, 29 (2nd)
Caused Turnovers: Lauren Maiorano, 15 (2nd)
Spencer broke her team down position by position in the season preview that was posted to DartmouthSports.com last week. To read the preview in its entirety, please click HERE.
After Saturday’s opener in Lowell, the Green have a busy schedule as they take on in-state rival UNH Wednesday afternoon in Durham at 3 p.m. before kicking off the Scully-Fahey Field slate next Saturday (Feb. 25) against Binghamton at noon in the home opener.