No. 15/15 Dartmouth (6-3, 2-0 Ivy) vs. Brown (7-1, 1-1 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013 ▶ 12 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 28-11-1 (41st Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 31, 2012 (Providence) - W, 14-8
▶ Streak: 4-0

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is back in action Saturday, taking on Brown in the Ivy League home opener for the Big Green. The two teams are set for an opening draw from Scully-Fahey Field at noon.

The Green are coming off a heart-breaking loss in a mid-week game to Vermont at home Wednesday afternoon. The Catamounts scored in the second overtime during sudden-victory play to complete the 16-15 triumph. Six Dartmouth players registered at least two goals in the contest with freshman Gabby Starkey and senior Hana Bowers leading the way with three apiece.

The Bears’ 7-1 overall record and .875 win percentage are both the best in the league this season, but a 1-1 mark in conference games has them fifth in the Ivy standings to this point. An 18-11 loss at Princeton is the lone blemish on the team’s record this season as it enters the contest on a four-game win streak, having taken a pair from USC (9-8 – 2OT) and St. Mary’s (14-3) in the most recent outings. Bre Hudgins leads Brown in goals (23), assists (8) and points (31) this season as she has proven herself to be one of the conference’s top offensive catalysts. Kellie Roddy has been outstanding in goal, posting a 7.32 goals-against average and a .450 save percentage en route to earning all seven wins.

The Big Green cruised to a 14-8 win in Providence on March 31, 2012 when these teams last met. Dartmouth came out firing, taking an early 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to the six-goal margin of victory.  Liz Calby scored four times and finished with five points in the game, while Hana Bowers added three markers.

In 40 all-time meetings before this season, Dartmouth holds a distinct 28-11-1 advantage over Brown. Last season’s win in Providence against the Bears was the fourth straight for the Big Green.

Lost in the shuffle of the double-overtime thriller on Wednesday was the record-setting performance of senior Courtney Bennett. One of the team’s three captains, Bennett picked up nine draw controls against the Catamounts, tying the single-game record set last season by Sarah Plumb against Boston University. The nine draws is one short of the Ivy league record for one game. Already this season, Bennett has set a new career high with 33 draw controls and has 79 for her career.

Kelsey Johnson tied her career high for ground balls in a game when she picked up six against Vermont. However, those six ground balls pushed her over the century mark as she entered the contest with 97 in her three and a half seasons with the team. She now has 103 in 58 career games played to average nearly two per outing.

Although just nine games into her collegiate career, it was hard to overlook the numbers posted by freshman Jaclyn Leto against UVM. Leto set or tied her career highs in points (4), goals (2), assists (2), ground balls (3), draw controls (4) and caused turnovers (2) vs. the Catamounts.

Junior Liz Calby matched her career high of six points vs. Vermont, scoring twice and assisting on four others for her second six-point game of the season (UNH, Feb. 28). Her three ground balls in the game were also a new career high for the Darien, Conn., native.

With her 12th straight contest of at least two goals, senior Hana Bowers pushed her total this season to 22 with another three against Vermont. The total matches her single-season career high, set in 2012 when she netted 22 goals in 17 games, eight more than she has played this season.

Sophomore Jessica Venturino made her first career start on Wednesday, playing nearly the entire game for the Green and White. In that time, she set new single-game highs in ground balls (2) and caused turnovers (2), while matching a previous mark with one draw control.

Against the Catamounts, six players registered at least two goals, including at least one representative from each of the team’s four classes. Freshman Gabby Starkey had three, while classmate Leto scored a pair of goals. Frances Bird led the sophomores with two, while the junior class had the two scores from Calby. Bowers and Bennett had three and two goals, respectively, for the senior class.

With just an additional 9:39 of action for the overtime periods, Dartmouth registered new season highs in shots (45), shots on goals (30), points (23), goals (15), assists (8), ground balls (27), and caused turnovers (20). The previous high for CTs in 2013 was 10, while the most shots attempted in a game prior to Wednesday was 31 with both figures coming at Yale.

The mid-week games are a thing of the past for the Big Green for the rest of 2013. Dartmouth will return to action next Saturday (April 6) against Cornell as the two teams meet in Hanover for the third and final matchup of the Big Green’s current three-game homestand. Opening draw is set for noon.