ITHACA, N.Y. – A balanced and potent offensive effort helped the 17th-ranked Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team to its first victory in Ithaca since the 2012 season.
The Big Green (8-2, 4-1 Ivy League) bested Cornell (6-6, 2-3 Ivy) Saturday afternoon, 19-10, in a game that never really felt as close as the final score would indicate.
Dartmouth was dominant from start to finish, leading 7-1 midway through the first half, and then tacking on four goals late in regulation to put the contest away and snap a two-game skid to the Big Red.
The victory also guarantees the Green and White their first winning season in Ivy League play since going 5-2 in the 2013 campaign.
“We didn’t hang our heads or lose confidence in ourselves after two losses. Instead, we learned from those games and we improved," head coach Danielle Spencer said. "I’m proud of the way we came out of the gates today with great confidence and poise. I am excited for us to continue to improve while being back at home for the next three games.”
Leading the way for the visitors on Saturday was Ellie Carson and her five goals.
However, as previously mentioned, Katie Bourque and Kierra Sweeney helped balance the attack as demonstrated by four goals from each player. Elizabeth Mastrio just missed joining the hat trick club as she scored twice in the win.
In goal, Kiera Vrindten was not only strong, she was consistently strong in the circle. Dartmouth’s sophomore goalkeeper stopped seven shots in each half to finish with a season-high 14 for the game.
Some of those saves came on the free position where Cornell had been excellent all season, converting on more than 53 percent of their chances and ranking third in the nation coming into the contest. Against the Big Green, the Big Red were just 4-for-14 on the 8-meter arc, while the visitors were 6-of-7.
Interestingly enough, neither team failed a clearing the ball with Dartmouth perfect on 22 opportunities and Cornell on 18.
Though she did not score a single point in the game, junior Kathryn Giroux made her impact felt with six draw controls, moving to within five of becoming the first player in program history to reach 200 in a career.
The Big Red got a trio of goals from Caroline Allen, while Joey Coffy had two in addition to 10 draw controls. Grace Paletta came off the bench to add a pair of scores for the home team in the loss. Cornell used three goalkeepers with each allowing at least four. Katie McGahan was tagged with the loss, allowing the first seven.
Dartmouth kicks off a three-game homestand next week with Vermont coming to Hanover for a mid-week game on Wednesday afternoon. The Big Green will then host Yale on Saturday at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men playing Penn at noon. Both games will be carried on ESPN3.