PRINCETON, N.J. – Five members of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team earned All-Ivy League honors for the 2013 season, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Big Green were seniors Courtney Bennett and Hana Bowers with selections to the First Team, while fellow senior Kelsey Johnson was tabbed to the Second Team. Juniors Liz Calby and Kristen Giovanniello were also recognized for their efforts this season with spots on the Honorable Mention Team.
Hana Bowers led the team in scoring from start to finish in 2013, ending the season with a career-high 53 points on 40 goals and 13 assists. In reaching the half-century mark in scoring, Bowers became the first Dartmouth player since Greta Meyer ’10 in 2010 to record more than 50 points in a single season. She is also the first player to reach the 40-goal mark since 2005 (Katieanne Christian – 65).
The senior from Old Greenwich, Conn., not only established new career highs in all three offensive categories, but also in ground balls (17), caused turnovers (17) and draw controls (40). In all three areas, she more than doubled her previously-established best output, including draw controls where her career high coming into the season had been eight, set last season as a junior. Her 40 draws this spring currently rank as the seventh-best single-season mark in program history.
Joining Bowers on the First Team is another of this year’s three captains in Courtney Bennett. The most versatile and dependable player on the team all season, her play all over the field certainly did not go unrecognized by the league’s head coaches with her selection to the top team. Scoring 12 goals and posting 19 points was a solid season for the senior from Darien, Conn., but her value to the 2013 Big Green was measured by far more than her offensive numbers.
The team leader in draw controls with 46, Bennett was a force both in the midfield as well as on defense this spring. As the team played seven one-goal contests over the course of the season, it seemed that whenever a defensive stop was needed in the late stages, Bennett was the player to come up with the play. That determined play was evident all season as she was also the team leader in caused turnovers with 20.
Her 46 draws to this point in the season leave her five short of 100 and rank as the fourth-best single-season total in the four decades of Dartmouth women’s lacrosse.
Rounding out the trio of senior captains to earn recognition from the eight Ivy head coaches was Kelsey Johnson. Posting by far the best offensive numbers of her career with four goals and five assists was just a minor facet of Johnson’s game in 2013. The Hingham, Mass., native was named to the Second Team based largely on her outstanding play in the midfield and in the defensive end.
The Green’s best mark-up defender, Johnson drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s best players on a regular basis. A catalyst in the team’s own end, she was an outstanding player in one-on-one situations this spring which resulted in a career-high 17 caused turnovers to rank second on the team. Her 31 ground balls also ranked second, demonstrating her quickness to get to loose balls and start the play in the other direction. She also managed to collect 10 draws this season, her best total in two years.
For Johnson, it was her second time named to the All-Ivy Second Team after also earning the distinction as a sophomore in 2011.
Junior Liz Calby has had a breakout campaign this spring and has been right there with Bowers in terms of leading the team on attack, helping her land on the Ivy League Honorable Mention Team. When Dartmouth possesses the ball in the offensive end, the play usually runs through Calby behind the net as the third-year player from Darien, Conn., looks to spark the scoring. Setting new career highs in goals (29) and assists (14), she finished second on the team with 43 points, 18 more than she had a season ago in three fewer games to this point.
Calby saved her best for last as she scored career highs in goals (5) and points (7) against Harvard on April 26 in the Green’s regular season finale. However, her strong spring began right from the start of 2013 as Calby netted the game-winner in overtime at Oregon in the season opener on Feb. 23.
Now a three-time All-Ivy Team player, goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello earned a spot on the Honorable Mention Team along with Calby. Giovanniello had a strong second-half to the season, posting three straight games of double-digit saves against Cornell (10), Penn (11) and Maryland (12) in the stretch run after just one in the first 10 games of the year. Her 103 saves to this point in the season give her 368 for her career, the sixth-best total in program history.
Dartmouth will square off with Princeton in the first semifinal of the 2013 Ivy League Tournament Friday at Penn’s Franklin Field at 4 p.m. The second-seeded Tigers and third-seeded Big Green will play prior to No. 1 Penn and No. 4 Cornell’s 7 p.m. match-up. Winners of the Friday night semifinals will advance to the championship game on Sunday, May 5 at 12 p.m.
Princeton’s Erin McMunn was named the Attacker of the Year, while Penn’s Shannon Mangini and Cornell’s Kate Ivory were tabbed as the Midfielder and Defender of the Year, respectively.
2013 All-Ivy League Awards and Teams
Attacker of the Year
Erin McMunn, Princeton
Midfielder of the Year
Shannon Mangini, Penn
Defender of the Year
Kate Ivory, Cornell
All-Ivy First Team (14)^
A – Hana Bowers, Dartmouth
A – Micaela Cyr, Harvard
A – Nicole Daniggelis, Yale
A – Bre Hudgins, Brown
A – Kacie Johnson, Columbia*
A – Erin McMunn, Princeton*
A – Lindsay Toppe, Cornell
M – Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth
M – Sarah Lloyd, Princeton*
M – Shannon Mangini, Penn*
D – Kate Ivory, Cornell*
D – Meg Markham, Penn*
D – Caroline Rehfuss, Princeton*
GK – Lucy Ferguson, Penn*
All-Ivy Second Team (12)
A – Meredith Cain, Penn
A – Devon Rhodes, Yale
A – Caroline Salisbury, Cornell
M – Abby Bunting, Brown
M – Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia
M – Maddie Poplawski, Penn
M – Audrey Todd, Harvard
D – Liz Bannantine, Princeton
D – Mariel Jenkins, Harvard
D – Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth
D – Erin Roos, Brown
GK – Caroline Franke, Princeton
Honorable Mention (6)
A – Liz Calby, Dartmouth
A – Caroline Bunting, Penn
M – Danielle Tetreault, Harvard
M – Kelly Buechel, Columbia
M – Sarah Hefner, Cornell
GK – Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth
^Expanded due to ties in the voting
|Hana Bowers ’13||Courtney Bennett ’13||Kelsey Johnson ’13|
|Liz Calby ’14||Kristen Giovanniello ’14|