Dartmouth Big Green (8-6, 4-2 Ivy) vs.
Harvard Crimson (2-10, 1-4 Ivy)
▶ Friday, April 26, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: Harvard, 19-18-1 (39th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: April 27, 2012 (Cambridge) - L, 7-5
▶ Streak: 0-2
Dartmouth will conclude the 2013 regular season with a Friday night match-up against Harvard under the lights of Scully-Fahey Field. The Big Green are already locked into the No. 3 seed for next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament in Philadelphia, but look to enter the postseason on a high note.
LAST TIME OUT
In front of a national audience watching on Fox College Sports, the Green dropped a heartbreaker to Princeton, 15-13, last Saturday in Hanover. The loss solidified the No. 3 seed in the Ivy Tournament and will set up a rematch with the Tigers who earned the No. 2 seed with the win.
IVY TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK
As mentioned, Dartmouth will be the No. 3 seed and will take on second-seeded Princeton in the first semifinal match-up from Penn’s Franklin Field on Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. The host Quakers are once again the top seed and will host Cornell in the second game of the day, set for 7 p.m.
The Crimson will travel to Hanover for their 11th road game of the 2013 season. The road has not been kind to Harvard so far this year as it is 1-9 away from Cambridge and just 2-10 overall. The team’s 1-4 record in Ivy League play means they will not be a part of the conference postseason after advancing last spring. The Crimson enter the weekend on a six-game losing streak and will play host to last-place Columbia on Sunday in a rescheduled meeting from last weekend. Senior Micaela Cyr leads the team in nearly every statistical category, including goals (29), assists (12) and points (41), while a trio of goalkeepers have seen action throughout.
These two met in the regular season finale last year as well with Harvard defeating Dartmouth, 7-5, and ending the Big Green’s hopes of hosting the Ivy League Tournament. The Crimson have won the last two meetings, including a conference semifinal match-up in 2011, edging out the Green and White, 11-10.
Senior Hana Bowers continues to build on her career year with another three goals and four points against Princeton last weekend. She now has a career-high 47 points this season, nearly matching her total output from her first three seasons in Hanover (58). She needs just three more points to become the first Dartmouth player to reach 50 points in a season since Greta Meyer ’10 accomplished the feat as a senior in 2010.
99 AND COUNTING
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello needs just one more ground ball to reach 100 for her career. She currently has 31 this season after posting figures of 35 and 33, respectively, each of her first two years. She will become the second player this year to reach the mark after senior Kelsey Johnson surpassed the figure earlier this spring.
BRING THAT FIGURE DOWN
In each of the last two outings, the Green have posted their fewest turnover figures of the season. Against Maryland, Dartmouth turned the ball over just eight times, a number it bested by three against Princeton, committing a season-low five against the Tigers.
After playing in just three games as a freshman and scoring just one goal, sophomore Sarah Byrne has come on strong in 2013. She has played in all but one game and ranks third on the team in both points (21) and goals (18). Against Princeton, the second-year attacker set a new career high with three goals and matched her best single-game point total of three as well.
Last time out, five players scored multiple goals for the Green led by the hat tricks from Bowers and Byrne. Juniors Liz Calby and Lindsey Allard as well as senior Courtney Bennett each netted a pair, while freshman Gabby Starkey was the lone player to score just once in the loss.
Following the conclusion of Friday night’s game, seven members of the team will be honored for their contributions to the program over the last four years. Bennett, Bowers, Johnson, Ellie Clayton, Kyra Hansson, Casey Griffin and Julia Szafman will all be recognized in a postgame Senior Night ceremony.
After Friday, the team will have a week to rest and prepare before making the trip to Philadelphia for the second time this season to take on the field in the 2013 Ivy League Tournament. Dartmouth and Princeton kick-off the weekend from the City of Brotherly Love on Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. before Penn and Cornell play the 7 p.m. contest.