HANOVER, N.H. - The #14 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team outgunned Harvard, 14-7, tonight at Scully-Fahey Field to win a share of the 2011 Ivy League Championship.
Dartmouth (10-3, 6-1 Ivy) shares the Ivy title with rival Penn (10-4, 6-1 Ivy). By virtue of their 10-9 win earlier this season over the Big Green, the Quakers will host the Ivy League Tournament next weekend and be the number one seed. Two-seed Dartmouth will play three-seed Harvard, yet again, in the Ivy semifinals one week from now. This is the 11th Ivy League title for Dartmouth women's lacrosse.
But back to tonight.
And what a night it was for Dartmouth under the lights on Scully-Fahey Field with more than 1,000 fans cheering the Big Green to victory - and a very specific victory at that. In addition to guiding Dartmouth to the ninth Ivy Championship of her 19-year career, head coach Amy Patton won her 100th game against Ivy League competition. She reached the 200 career victory mark overall earlier this season and now stands with 208 wins.
"I'm so happy for the players and this senior class especially which has been trying for four years to bring the Ivy title back to Dartmouth," said Patton.
"It's been six years since the last Ivy title here and it feels so great to finally bring it back to Hanover," said senior co-captain Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.), who had six points on attack. "We have so much depth on our team, which is what helps us win. There are countless people who can come into the game and make a difference and that's what happened tonight - we just wore them down."
Rookie goalie Kristen Giovaniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) had the biggest game of her young and promising career, making 13 and grabbing a career-high five ground balls. The entire defense did a number on the Crimson attack, which normally scores more than 12 goals a game, holding them to just seven.
Offensively, the attack was once again balanced with eight different players recording a point, breaking the Crimson's back. Meyer had a big day with six points on four goals and two assists. Sophomore Courtney Bennett (Darien, Conn.) tallied a career-high five points on three goals and two assists and Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) scored three goals of her own.
Harvard actually outshot Dartmouth, 30-26, but the Big Green had more ground balls, 18-14 and draw controls, 14-9.
Dartmouth started the game with a flurry, going up 4-1 with goals from Bennett, Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.), Collins and Meyer with Harvard's Jess Halpern getting one in the midst for a 4-1 Dartmouth lead at 18:04.
Giovanniello backstopped the defense to an amazing sequence with roughly 11 minutes left in the first half, making three saves in a 50-second span. The Crimson did managed to get through at 8:30 when Jennifer VanderMeulen converted on a free position to make it 4-2. That would be the only free position goal for Harvard, which went 1-for-7.
Dartmouth responded, however, with three straight goals in just under two minutes including back-to-back scores from Bennett and a goal by Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) for her 100th career point and a 7-2 lead with 6:06 on the clock. The teams traded goals and Dartmouth held an 8-4 lead at the half.
Harvard struck first in the second half to make it an early 8-5 game, but Dartmouth came storming back. Collins took the Big Green on her back with back-to-back goals, the second assisted by Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) for a 10-5 lead with 27:52 to play.
That started a 5-0 Dartmouth run that included two big goals from Meyer and one by rookie Liz Calby (Darien, Conn.) off a great feed from Bennett behind the cage. Dartmouth led 13-5 with 15:26 to play before Danielle Tetreault finally got the Crimson back on the board at 14:59 but it was too little too late.
Meyer put the icing on the win off a feed from Bennett for a 14-6 lead two minutes later and the defense did its job to hold Harvard to just one more goal in the game.
The Big Green plays its final non-conference game on Sunday, hosting #1 Maryland, defending national champs, at noon on Scully-Fahey Field.
|One of Giovaniello's 13 saves on the night|