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Dartmouth Earns Five Spots on IWLCA Northeast Region Teams

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By Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has named five members of this year's Dartmouth squad to the All-Northeast Region Teams.

A year removed from her spot on the All-Northeast Second Team, senior co-captain and 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) was named a member of this season's first team.

Four others were recognized as some of the region's most elite players with spots on the second team. Seniors Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.), Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) and Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) were joined by sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) as members of the IWLCA Northeast Region Second Team for their play over the course of the year.

Plumb finished the season tied for the team lead in scoring with Goldberg as each had 49 points in 2012, but it was the host of other dominating statistical figures, including Ivy League records for draw controls in a career (156) and a single season (82), that earned Plumb numerous accolades and recognitions this spring.

She leaves Dartmouth as one of the program's most well-rounded players in recent memory, ranking in the top 10 in several statistical categories during her career.

This is Giovanniello's second appearance on the association's annual list of regional honors, earning a spot on the first team following a stellar freshman season in 2011. That strong play in the circle continued this past season for the Big Green goalkeeper, who led the League in save percentage and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Ivy League Tournament en route to helping Dartmouth claim it's first postseason championship.

Bird now has two second-team honors this spring as she was also tabbed by the conference's head coaches with a spot on the All-Ivy League Second Team in early May. Just this past week, the senior defender and co-captain was named the team's Defensive MVP at the year-end banquet, an honor that reflected her outstanding play for a unit that ranked as one of the best in the region this past year.

Like Bird, Smith has now also been recognized with spots on both the All-Ivy and IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Teams in 2012. Smith proved to be a pivotal piece in the Dartmouth midfield and defensive zones during her final season in the Green and White. Her skills on the draw controls were often overlooked because of the numbers of Plumb, but were no less important as she produced several key possessions this season, including controlling the draw to open the second OT period against No. 3 Duke that resulted in the game-wining goal.

Goldberg was perhaps the most consistent offensive player for the Big Green during the year, finishing tied with Plumb for the team's scoring lead. Her 39 goals this season rank at the 15th-best figure for a single season in the program's nearly four decades of existence. Like Plumb, Goldberg went over the 100-point plateau this season, wrapping up her career with 92 goals and 118 points.

Last season, Dartmouth also had five players earn IWLCA Northeast Region honors.

In all, 128 student-athletes in from across Division I were honored by the IWLCA with a selection on one of the All-Regional teams this year. These athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 27. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 16, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.