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No. 13 Dartmouth Outlasts Davidson, 13-12, in Non-League Battle

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By Doug Austin

DAVIDSON, N.C. - Nine players scored goals, including four individuals with two, as the No. 13 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team narrowly edged Davidson, 13-12, Tuesday evening at Richardson Field.

The Big Green raced out to a 9-3 lead at halftime, but would need a balanced scoring attack throughout the contest as the Wildcats used a 9-4 second half to cut the deficit to just one in the final seconds.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Green, improving their season mark to 5-2. Despite the comeback bid, Davidson fell just short in the waning moments and dropped to 2-5 overall this year as Dartmouth handed the home team a second straight defeat.

"I thought in the first half we really executed the gameplan and stuck to our goals. We played really well and did all the things we had worked on in practice the last few days," head coach Amy Patton said. "The second half we were casual and didn't put the foot on the pedal. Davison seized the moment and took advantage of that.

"We had some solid scoring across the board, but we need to focus on ourselves and what we need to do in terms of execution to play a complete game. We cannot worry about the competition," Patton continued.

A member of each of the four classes netted a pair of goals in the winning effort as freshman Jaclyn Leto, sophomore Sarah Byrne, junior Lindsey Allard and senior Hana Bowers all had two markers.

The torrid scoring pace was set just 20 seconds into the contest as Courtney Bennett scored her fifth of the season. Kelsey Johnson picked up her third in as many games soon thereafter and the Big Green were off to a quick start, building the lead to 9-3 at the break.

The home team responded in the second frame, scoring four of the first six goals and cutting the Dartmouth lead to 11-7. The Wildcats would hold the Big Green to just two goals in the final 16 minutes of play, while scoring five of their own in that stretch to get the final result to just one.

Dartmouth did not have the benefit of any free-position attempts in the second half either as the Davidson defense clamped down.

Despite the discrepancies between the two halves, the Green dominated the play on the ground, picking up 23 ground balls to the Wildcats' 10. Dartmouth also held the advantage in shots, 25-22, while Davidson narrowly edged out the visitors in draw controls, 14-12, thanks in large part to a 10-3 second-half advantage.

Bowers not only scored twice, but also assisted on two others to finish with a team-high four points. Frances Bird had one goal and two helpers as well to post a career-high three points. Emily Cooke of Davidson and her six points on three goals and three assists were all individual game-highs.

Junior Kristen Giovanniello made three saves in earning the win, while Jessica Melby stopped six and allowed 13 to be saddled with the loss.

Tuesday night's meeting was the first between these two programs.

Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as it heads to New York City to take on Columbia in a return to Ivy League action.