PRINCETON, N.J. – Fittingly, senior Kristen Giovanniello has been named the Women’s Lacrosse Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week following her final collegiate game this past Friday night.
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse goalkeeper earned the honor for the eighth time in her career thanks to an outstanding 16-save performance under the lights at Harvard Stadium Friday evening in Cambridge.
The second-best save single-game total in her career helped propel the Big Green to a last-minute 9-8 victory in the season finale. Had it not been for the play of Giovanniello in the circle throughout the night — especially in the first half when she stopped 13 shots — the Crimson’s potent attack might have put the game out of reach.
For Giovanniello, this most recent accolade marked the eighth time in her time at Dartmouth that she has recognized as the Ivy League’s top defensive player in a week’s time. Only Devon Wills ’06, a former Big Green goalkeeper herself, has more Defensive Player of the Week honors in a career, as she won nine from 2003-06.
The Old Brookville, N.Y., native finished the season playing all 847:20 minutes of action in 2014. Giovanniello posted her second-lowest goals against figure (144) as a senior this spring and compiled a 10.20 goals against average and a .463 save percentage, the third-best mark in the Ancient Eight. Her .493 save percentage in Ivy contests was the best mark by any goalkeeper this year.
Giovanniello’s win on Friday was the 40th of her career, becoming just the third individual in Dartmouth’s program history to reach that milestone mark.
Penn's Tory Bensen was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week.