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Giovanniello and Bowers Claim Ivy League Weekly Awards

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By John and Matt Risley

PRINCETON, N.J. – Dartmouth junior Kristen Giovanniello and senior Hana Bowers have been named the Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

For Giovanniello, the Defensive Player of the Week honor was the fifth of her career after twice winning the award as a freshman and sophomore. This week saw the junior goalkeeper earn the distinction for an outstanding 10-save performance against Cornell at home on Saturday to help the Big Green to a 9-5 victory.

With the game still in reach for the Big Red, Giovanniello came up with five straight saves in crucial situations to help the Green maintain the lead and eventually the fourth Ivy win of the 2013 season. The 10 saves were a season-high for Giovanniello.

Bowers shares the offensive award this week with Brown’s Grace Healy, earning the distinction for the second time this season.

The senior attacker scored four times against Cornell, leading all players in goals and points in the game. Her third tally of the afternoon sparked a four-goal Dartmouth run midway through the second half and proved to be her second game-winner of the season. Bowers continued her well-rounded effort against the team from Ithaca with a career-high five draw controls as well, helping the Green maintain possession for much of the final frame.

Already this season, Bowers has established new career highs in goals (28), assists (10), points (38), ground balls (14), draw controls (21) and caused turnovers (8).

Now 4-0 in Ivy League play and tied atop the conference standings, Dartmouth will head out on the road for an important weekend against Penn and top-ranked Maryland. The Quakers and Big Green are both unbeaten in league play and will meet in Philadelphia Friday evening before the team makes its way down to College Park for a Sunday matinee against the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team in Maryland.