NEW YORK – The 13th-ranked Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team escaped New York with a narrow 8-7 win Saturday afternoon at Columbia’s Robert K. Kraft Field.
The victory pushed the Big Green to 2-0 in Ivy League play and 6-2 overall this season, while the loss was the seventh straight for the Lions (1-7), including its third conference defeat of the spring in three chances.
Dartmouth continues its perfect run against Columbia, having never lost to the Lions in 16 all-time meetings dating back to the 1998 season.
“Already this season, we’ve had a lot of one-goal games and I think those challenges will help us,” head coach Amy Patton said. “There isn’t any one team in our conference that will dominate. The Ivy League is such that if you’re going to win, you need to play pretty good game across the board to do it. There were plenty of things we improved on in today’s game and some other things we still have to fix with continued practice.
“I think were still searching for a compete game, but we can’t force it we just have to let it come to us,” Patton continued.
Junior Liz Calby returned to the lineup after missing a game to score three times and assist on another Saturday. Senior Hana Bowers failed to register at least two goals for the first time this season, but did manage one tally and a career-high three assists in the win.
Holding a slim 4-3 advantage at halftime, the Green came out ready to go in the second half, scoring four straight after Columbia tied it early on. The four consecutive markers were spread out over 10 minutes and built the lead to 8-4.
The Lions roared back with the game’s final three tallies to pull to within one with 4:50 left to play. However, the Big Green defense tightened and did not allow the home team to score the equalizer, holding on for the 8-7 league win.
Junior Amy Drummond, sophomore Frances Bird and freshman Jaclyn Leto all added markers in the road triumph. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello earned the 29th win of her career as she stopped five shots in the game.
Giovanniello had a game-high six ground balls, one shy of her career high, while Courtney Bennett finished with four draws and three ground balls on the day.
Columbia’s offense was run through Kacie Johnson and her three goals, while Kelly Buechel’s two markers were the final two of the day for either side and cut the deficit to just one in the closing minutes. Skylar Dabbar and Colleen Packer split time in the circle for the Lions, combining for six saves, while each allowed four goals apiece.
Packer was credited with the loss.
Shots were even at 17, while Dartmouth held an 11-6 advantage in draw controls and committed one fewer turnover on the afternoon, 19-18.
“We’ve been on the road for six of our first eight games and we’re coming out of that with a 6-2 record, which is pretty good,” Patton added. “We’re looking forward to getting back home this week and the next month of play when we don’t have quite the same travel schedule.”
The Big Green will return home on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt with regional rival Vermont at 3 p.m. before taking on Brown Saturday, March 30 at noon in the Ivy League home opener.