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Big Green Take Down Cornell, 9-5, in Ivy League Battle

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By John and Matt Risley
HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 18 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team continued it march through the Ivy League portion of its schedule, taking down No. 16 Cornell, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
The Big Green improved to 4-0 in league play with the win and 8-3 overall. The Big Red dropped their fourth straight with the setback to fall to 2-3 against Ivy foes and 6-4 overall in 2013.
Dartmouth has not lost to Cornell in Hanover since 1984, stretching the unbeaten mark at home against the team from Ithaca to 13 straight. In all, the Big Green have knocked off the Big Red in seven consecutive meetings over the course of the last five seasons.
Goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello was the story on this day, making several key stops in the circle to give the home team a chance to win. She finished the game with 10 saves to earn her 31st career victory (31-13).
The offense was anchored by four goals from senior Hana Bowers, improving her streak of multi-goal games to 14 dating back to last season.
Cornell took its only lead of the game at 2-1 nearly seven minutes into the first half. That would be the only time the visitors would hold an advantage as Dartmouth rattled off four straight to take a 5-2 lead into the break.
After Cornell scored the first two goals of the second half, head coach Amy Patton called a timeout to give her team time to regroup. That break would serve as the turning point of the second frame as the Green scored the next four to put the game out of reach in the final minutes.
“They came out of that timeout and really responded and I thought that was the turning point of the game,” Patton said. “We changed the momentum and got a couple goals right afterwards and it was really awesome to see that kind of response.
“It seemed that we were having trouble getting the ball up the field and were a little rattled with that and so I just drew it out for them. Once they got the confidence back, then Hana took control of the attack, along with Liz (Calby) and Lindsey (Allard). They started to go at a different speed, to take it up a notch,” Patton continued.
In addition to Bowers’ four goals, sophomore Sarah Byrne scored twice with Jaclyn Leto, Christine Lushefski and Lindsey Allard all adding one of their own in the winning effort.
Bowers also had a career-high five draw controls. In all, Dartmouth held an 11-5 advantage on draws, including 8-0 in the second half alone.
Courtney Gallagher got the start in the Big Red circle, but was pulled after allowing five goals and making just one save in 14:39 of action. Carly Gniewek stopped five and allowed four in 45:21 in relief.
Dartmouth will head back out on the road next weekend for a pair of games in the Mid-Atlantic, taking on Penn Friday night in Philadelphia and top-ranked Maryland in College Park on Sunday.