Dartmouth Big Green (2-1, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
Columbia Lions (1-3, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Location: Hanover, N.H. | Scully-Fahey Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 19-1
Last Meeting: March 3, 2017 | L, 17-10 | New York
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team plays host to Columbia on Saturday afternoon in the 2018 Ivy League opener for both squads.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Big Green took down UAlbany on the road Wednesday afternoon, 12-8. The win snapped a five-game skid for Dartmouth at the hands of the Great Danes with the last win in the series coming back in 2005.
• Once again, Ellie Carson led the way with six goals in the win.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Columbia is 1-3 in the four non-conference games it’s played to open the season.
• The team opened with a loss at Navy (21-10) before earning a one-goal win at Fairfield (13-12). Two close losses at home against Lehigh (13-12) and, most recently, Arizona State (15-12) have followed.
• The Lions currently last in the Ivy League in offense (11.75) and defense (15.25).
• Alexandria Absey leads the team in goals (14) and points (15), while Victoria Kalamaras has a team-high 11 assists — the most in the Ivy League — in four games.
• In goal, Kelsey Gedin and Abby Roberts have split time with the latter posting a 1-2 mark and better numbers, but the former starting in the circle each game.
• Dartmouth had won the first 19 games in the all-time series with Columbia, between 1998 and the 2016 season.
• The Lions snapped that streak last season in New York with a 17-10 win.
• Senior Courtney Weisse scored three times with sophomores Kierra Sweeney and Elizabeth Mastrio notching a pair of goals each.
LEADING THE IVY LEAGUE
The Big Green currently lead the Ancient Eight in three individual statistical categories:
• Free-Position Goals Per Game — Elizabeth Mastrio (2.0)
• Ground Balls Per Game — Claire Marshall (3.33)
• Shots Per Game — Ellie Carson (4.67)
COUNT ON CARSON
• Through three games played, sophomore Ellie Carson has notched 11 of her team’s 38 total goals. In 15 games a season ago, Carson found the back of the net just four times and finished with 10 points, two fewer than she already has in 2018.
• It’s not just her scoring that has improved. Carson had just five caused turnovers as a rookie, two more than she has this season in 12 fewer games.
DISHING IT OUT
After a pair of assists against the Great Danes on Wednesday, Tori Chanenchuk moved into a tie for sixth in the Ivy League with six this season. Katie Bourque is ninth with four thanks to a trio of helpers in the home opener last week against UNH.
• Sophomore Kiera Vrindten has also seen early success this season. Her 9.49 goals against average is the second-best mark in the Ivy League this season behind only Yale’s Sydney Marks (9.00).
• Her .449 save percentage also ranks second in the conference with Cornell’s Katie McGahan (.558) leading the way.
• Her. 7.33 saves per game rank third.
KEEP THE BALL
The Big Green are third in the Ivy League and 38th nationally in turnovers per game, giving the ball away 16.00 times per contest.
Saturday’s game will be carried live in HD on the Ivy League Network. Fans with subscriptions to the league’s service can watch or follow along with live stats provided by DartmouthSports.com
Dartmouth will have a bit of a mid-season break for exams. The team is back in action again on March 16 at Hofstra for a 5 p.m. start time.