HANOVER, N.H. - For the second time this season and the fifth time in her career, sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) of the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.
Giovanniello earned two wins over the course of the week against two very good programs. She stopped a career-high 17 shots on Wednesday, March 14, against Vermont, a team that had scored 16 or more goals in each of its first four games this season. Her nine saves in the first half alone would have been a new season high, but she added eight more in the second period as UVM desperately sought to tie the game. In that same contest, the sophomore also recorded a career-high seven ground balls to round out what Coach Amy Patton dubbed as her best collegiate game.
She continued her dominating play in goal this season with a double-overtime, sudden-victory win against No. 3 Duke on Saturday. In the 9-8 victory over the Blue Devils, Giovanniello stopped nine shots and had a game-high four ground balls. Key saves late in regulation kept her team in position to eventually take the hard-fought game in the extra session.
Unbeaten at 5-0 through five games, Giovanniello has not allowed a
team to reach double-digits in goals in a single contest this season, while her
saves per game ranks first in the Ivy League at 9.20, nearly a save and a half
better than the next closest keeper.
On March 5, Giovanniello took home the conference's weekly top defensive honor after stopping nine shots and picking up four ground balls against Yale in the Ivy League opener.
Giovanniello and the rest of the Big Green will put that 5-0 mark to the test Tuesday night in Gainesville as they take on No. 5/6 Florida at 6:30 p.m.