Byrne's Late Goal Lifts Dartmouth to Thrilling 8-7 Win Over Brown
The Big Green improved to 7-3 this season and 3-0 in Ivy contests with the victory, while the Bears suffered just their second setback of the spring and fall to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in league games.
With Brown controlling much of the the play in the final minute, holding the ball behind the Dartmouth net, senior Hana Bowers forced Grace Healy into a turnover that led the Green to take it the other way. Freshman Jaclyn Leto hit Byrne in stride from just over midfield that set up the winner.
Byrne took two steps into the right side of the eight-meter arc with a Bears’ defender draped across her back before ripping a shot inside the far post with the game’s final seconds ticking off the clock.
The ensuing draw control was picked up by Brown and carried deep into the offensive end before junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello intercepted a pass as time expired to preserve the late-game victory.
“I think at this point you could call us the cardiac kids,” head coach Amy Patton said following her team’s fifth one-goal win of the season. “We didn’t play a great first half and we could have stayed in that lull, but I liked that we came out on fire in the second half.
“I am pleased with how well we’ve been playing defense, but once we started running the plays at the offensive like I know we can it was a much better result for us,” Patton added.
Fresh off her record-setting performance with nine draw controls on Wednesday against Vermont, Bennett picked up another five in Saturday’s Ivy League home opener, while also adding a game-high four ground balls. The nine draws against the Catamounts tied the program’s single-game record set last season by Sarah Plumb ’12.
Brown’s Abby Bunting scored a game-high four goals to lead the Bears on a day in which they seemingly had control throughout. That is until the final moments when Dartmouth stepped up with several key plays to change the outcome in its favor.
Trailing 4-2 at the half thanks to a Brown goal with two seconds remaining in the first, the Big Green responded with two tallies in the opening 2:57 of the second frame to pull even. A back-and-forth affair ensued as each team scored three straight markers.
After Dartmouth took its first lead of the day at 5-4, the Bears ripped off three of their own to make it 7-5 with 13:54 left. The visitors’ seventh goal of the afternoon proved to be their last as the Big Green defense tightened, holding their opponents scoreless for the final 14 minutes while answering the call at the other end with the game’s final three scores.
In just 10 outings this season, Dartmouth has already been in six one-goal affairs, boasting an impressive 5-1 mark in those games.
Giovanniello bounced back from the game against Vermont with seven saves on this day, including five in the first half. Her counterpart in Brown’s Kellie Roddy finished with five stops in the 60 minutes of play.
Dartmouth is back in action next Saturday (April 6) against Cornell to wrap-up the three-game homestand at Scully-Fahey Field.