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Dartmouth Closes Out Harvard With Late-Game Flourish

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By John and Matt Risley
HANOVER, N.H. – On the strength of career days from senior Hana Bowers and junior Liz Calby, what once was a close game with visiting Harvard ended 15-8 in favor of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team Friday night at Scully-Fahey Field.

Under the lights of their home field for the first time in nearly two years, the Big Green wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a victory to post a 9-6 overall mark and a 5-2 record against Ivy League competition. The Crimson dropped their seventh straight to fall to 2-11 overall and 1-5 in Ivy play with one game left in the season.

Dartmouth is the No. 3 seed will play No. 2 Princeton next Friday (May 3) in the semifinals of the 2013 Ivy League Tournament at Penn’s Franklin Field. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Calby and Bowers both finished the evening with career highs in goals and points. Calby scored five times and had seven points, while Bowers netted five goals and posted six points.

“Those two had full control of the attack tonight and were working really well together,” head coach Amy Patton said. “They were in sync with what we were trying to run and what the attack was trying to accomplish, especially in the second half.”

After falling behind 8-7 in the early stages of the final period, the Dartmouth attack opened up and went on an 8-0 run to end the game, taking the 15-8 victory.

“For us to get a goal early in the half was a real shift of momentum in our favor,” Patton said. “The game changed when we began to control the draw. When we put our foot on the gas it helped us piece together unquestionably our best second half of the year.”

The second frame saw the Big Green step up and dominate not only on the scoreboard, but in the midfield and on defense as well. Dartmouth picked up 10-of-the-12 second-half draw controls, while outshooting the Crimson, 14-3, in the final stanza.

With postgame Senior Night ceremonies looming, the fourth-year members of the Green began to make major contributions during the eight-goal run. Senior Kelsey Johnson had a career game as she posted three assists, while Courtney Bennett had a goal and an assist to go along with her three draw controls.

In addition to her point total, Bowers picked up a career-high seven draw controls, helping the Green and White dominate possession when they needed it most.

Senior goalkeeper Julia Szafman got the start and finished out the game, playing 10:45 on the night. Junior Kristen Giovanniello made four stops in nearly 50 minutes of action in between Szafman’s two stints in the circle, picking up the win and making four saves. At the other end of the field, Harvard’s Melanie Cook was saddled with the loss as she made five stops and allowed all 15 tallies.

“I’m most proud of how we sent this senior class out,” Patton remarked. “I told the team that we don’t play for someone, because you don’t know if you’re going to win or lose. But you want to go out on the field and show the seniors what they’ve embedded in each player and how those individuals have each impacted their teammates during their time here.”

Freshmen Jaclyn Leto and Gabby Starkey were two of those players looking to make an impact on this night as each scored twice and assisted on another in the home finale.

The seven individuals who played in their final home games on Friday were Bowers, Johnson, Bennett, Ellie Clayton, Casey Griffin, Kyra Hansson and Julia Szafman.

Following the Dartmouth and Princeton game next Friday, top-seeded Penn will host Cornell at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal of the Ivy League Tournament inside historic Franklin Field.


The Class of 2013 and Head Coach Amy Patton