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Dartmouth Earns No. 10 Ranking in Final IWLCA Poll of 2012

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team finished the 2012 season ranked 10th in the country as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Tuesday night in its final poll.

The Big Green earned the No. 10 ranking after a 12-5 campaign, an Ivy League Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

Senior Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) was named an IWLCA First Team All-American as well as a First Team All-Northeast Region player by the organization for her play in 2012. That stellar level of play also earned Plumb the Ivy League Player of the Year award and several other regional and national honors in her final year in a Dartmouth uniform.

Also earning all-region honors from the IWLCA this season were seniors Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.), Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.), as well as sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.).

The Big Green wrapped up the year with a perfect 7-0 mark at home, including wins over No. 3 Duke and No. 7 Penn at Scully-Fahey Field. Following the regular season, the team went to Philadelphia and knocked off third-seeded Cornell, 9-8, and the top-seeded Quakers, 6-4, to claim the program's first league-tournament title.

After claiming its seventh national championship in the last eight seasons, Northwestern earned the No. 1 spot in the year-end rankings. In all, Dartmouth played four games against teams that finished ahead of them in the poll, including twice against eventual national runner-up Syracuse with one of those meetings coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Four teams from the Ivy League earned a spot in the final poll of 2012 with the Big Green leading the way at No. 10. Penn and Cornell land at the No. 12 and No. 13 slots, respectively, while Princeton claimed the final spot at No. 20.