No. RV/14 Dartmouth Big Green (8-3, 4-0 Ivy) vs.
No. RV Penn Quakers (6-4, 4-0 Ivy)
▶ Friday, April 12, 2013 ▶ 5 PM  ▶ Philadelphia, Pa.
▶ Dunning-Cohen Champions Field  (1,000)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 22-14 (37th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: May 6, 2012 (Philadelphia) - W, 6-4
▶ Streak: 2-0

No. RV/14 Dartmouth Big Green (8-3*) vs.
No. 1/1 Maryland Terrapins (15-0)
▶ Sunday, April 14, 2013 ▶ 12 PM  ▶ College Park, Md.
▶ Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex (1,400)
▶ All-Time Series: Maryland, 17-2 (20th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: May 1, 2011 (Hanover) - W, 9-8 (OT)
▶ Streak: 1-0

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will be on the road this weekend for a pair of tough contests at Penn and Maryland. The trip begins with a 5 p.m. match-up against the Quakers Friday before traveling down I-95 for a Sunday meeting with the nation’s top team in the Terrapins at noon.

The Big Green continued its strong play against Ivy League opponents with a 9-5 win over Cornell last Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover. Dartmouth got four goals from Hana Bowers and 10 saves from goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello as it knocked off the Big Red for the seventh straight time and the 13th consecutive home game dating back to 1984.

For their solid outings against Cornell, both Bowers and Giovanniello received weekly accolades form the Ivy League office. Bowers was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week, her second such recognition of 2013. Giovanniello was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fifth time in her career. The Big Green’s goalkeeper was also named the Northeast Credit Union Female Athlete of the Week for her strong play against the Big Red.

The Quakers come into the weekend as one of three teams tied atop the Ivy League standings at 4-0 in conference games this season along with Dartmouth and Princeton. Friday evening’s game will be played at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park rather than Franklin Field and will serve as the home team’s Senior Day. Meredith Cain leads the team in scoring with 26 points and assists with nine, while her 17 goals rank second. Sophomore goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson has been solid this season as she leads the Ancient Eight in save percentage (.468) while second in goals-against average (9.01).

Dartmouth was the lone Ivy team to knock off Penn last season as it did so, 9-7, during the regular-season meeting in Hanover. The Big Green then took down the Quakers in come-from-behind fashion, 6-4, in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game in Philadelphia in early May as well. Penn held a 3-0 lead midway through the first half and a 3-1 advantage at intermission, but six unanswered goals from Dartmouth were too much for the home team to overcome as the Green captured their first postseason title in program history.

The Terrapins are one of just two undefeated teams remaining in the nation this season (Notre Dame) and sit atop both national polls as the unanimous No. 1 selection in the country right now. A 15-9 win over Princeton on Wednesday evening pushed Maryland’s record to 15-0 this season, while the Terps also boast a 4-0 mark in ACC play against some of the toughest competition in college lacrosse. Senior Alex Aust is putting together a stellar final season in College Park as she currently ranks second in the nation with 89 points on 47 goals and 42 assists. Kasey Howard is the goalkeeper of record in each contest this year and has a .433 save percentage to go along with an 8.53 goals-against average.

Maryland came to Hanover for the 2011 regular season finale ranked No. 1 in the nation, only to fall to the Green that afternoon, 9-8, in overtime thanks to Sarah Park’s game-winner with eight seconds left in the extra frame. Losing to Dartmouth that afternoon, the Terps saw their 28-game winning streak halted as they were defeated for the first time since the 2009 NCAA Tournament National Semifinals.

Now in her 21st season as the Dartmouth head coach, Amy Patton is a 1988 University of Maryland graduate and was a 1985 All-America selection as a member of the Terps.

With just three more points, senior Courtney Bennett will reach 50 for her career. As it stands now, Bennett has 34 goals and 13 assists for 47 career points. She is also 13 draw controls shy of 100 as her 38 this season give her 87 for her career.

After scoring just once as a freshman in 2012, now-sophomore Sarah Byrne has 12 goals this season after finding the back of the net twice against Cornell. Her 10th goal of the spring came two weeks ago against Brown with just 13 seconds left and gave Dartmouth the 8-7 win.

Sunday’s game at Maryland will mark the third contest against a top-10 team this season for the Green and White. Earlier meetings with No. 2 Florida and No. 6 Duke have also helped the Big Green put together one of the more challenging non-conference schedules in the country this spring.

Dartmouth is still receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, sitting just outside the top-20. In the Inside Lacrosse deBeer Media Poll, the win over Cornell jumped the Big Green four spots from No. 18 last week to the No. 14 position this week.

After this weekend’s road contests against two of this season’s more challenging opponents, there will be little time to rest as Princeton comes to Hanover next Saturday (April 20). The Tigers are the third team tied with Penn and Dartmouth with an unbeaten Ivy League record this season (4-0).