No. 15 Big Green Play Host to Regional Rival Vermont Wednesday
No. 15/15 Dartmouth (6-2, 2-0 Ivy) vs. Vermont (4-6, 0-1 America East)
▶ Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013 ▶ 3 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 21-3-1 (26th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 14, 2012 (Hanover) - W, 13-9
▶ Streak: 10-0
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is finally back home after more than two weeks on the road for a Wednesday afternoon game with regional rival Vermont. The Big Green and Catamounts will meet at Scully-Fahey Field at 3 p.m. in a mid-week non-conference tilt.
LAST TIME OUT
Saturday saw the team return from a pair of games in North Carolina to take on Columbia in Manhattan. The closest game in the all-time series saw Dartmouth narrowly edge the Lions, 8-7, to improve to a perfect 16-0 since the two programs began competition against one another in 1998.
WHERE WE RANK
The Green dropped two spots in the coaches’ poll to No. 15 this week, despite the win in New York City. However, in the media poll, Dartmouth held firm at No. 15 in the rankings for the second straight week.
The Catamounts come to Hanover having lost its last two games, dropping to 4-6 overall on the season. Jessica Roach leads the team in scoring with 35 points, while Sydney Mas is just two points back with 33, while leading the team in goals with 26 this spring. Freshman Vanessa VanderZalm leads the team in both draw controls (29) and ground balls (27). Charlotte Lyons has seen the majority of time in the UVM circle and has compiled a 12.43 GAA and a .394 save percentage en route to a 4-6 record.
ALL-TIME VS. THE CATAMOUNTS
Wednesday will mark the 26th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Dartmouth holding a 21-3-1 record in those contests. The Big Green have not lost to the Catamounts in the last 10 meetings, dating back to a game played in 1994.
LAST YEAR VS. UVM
In the game played last season in Hanover, the Green and White came out on top, 13-9, to stretch the current run of wins against Vermont to double digits. Then-senior Kirsten Goldberg had a massive day, scoring six times and recording two assist for a career-high eight points. Kristen Giovanniello also had quite a day for herself, picking up career highs in both saves (17) and ground balls (7) as the visitors put together a scrappy second-half effort to try and get back into the game.
After missing the game at Davidson, junior Liz Calby returned to the Dartmouth lineup Saturday at Columbia to score three times, bringing her season total to 16.
TWO AND TWO IS FOUR
Senior Hana Bowers continued her stretch of scoring at least two goals in every game this season as she netted a pair against the Lions, while also adding two assists for four points. Dating back to the 2012 campaign, the last time Bowers failed to score at least two goals in a game was on April 27 at Harvard in the season finale. She scored at least two in each of the Ivy League Tournament games as well as in the NCAA Tournament at Syracuse to bring her current streak to 11 total contests.
PICK IT UP
Giovanniello had a season-high six ground balls against the Lions. Her career high for GBs in a single outing is seven, set last season against Wednesday’s opponent, Vermont.
TWO IN A ROW
After having not scored in each of her first two seasons with the team and nothing through the first five games played this year, junior Amy Drummond now has her first two career goals in back-to-back games, netting one each against Davidson and Columbia.
TWICE IS NICE
Freshman Jaclyn Leto picked up the first two assists of her career on Saturday with a pair of helpers against the Lions. Leto dished out the assists less than 30 seconds apart in the first half on goals from Bowers and Calby to tie the score at 3-3 in the first half.
The last home game for Dartmouth was on March 9 against Florida. The team was 2-1 in the three road games played since then.
WORLD CUP BOUND
Senior Julia Szafman has been named to the Israeli roster for the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, this summer. Szafman is the lone goalkeeper listed on Israel’s 20-player roster announced Monday morning.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
With the win, Dartmouth remains one of just three teams without a loss in league play this season. Penn is 3-0, while Princeton has won its lone Ivy League game to this point as both sandwich the Big Green atop the standings and its 2-0 conference mark.
The Big Green remain home this weekend for an Ivy contest with Brown. The Bears make the trip to Hanover for a Saturday game at Scully-Fahey Field, scheduled to start at noon.