GAME 17 – Ivy League Tournament Championship
No. 3 Dartmouth Big Green (10-6, 5-2 Ivy) vs.
No. 1 Penn Quakers (10-5, 7-0 Ivy)
▶ Sunday, May 5, 2013 ▶ 12 PM ▶ Philadelphia, Pa.
▶ Franklin Field (52,593)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 22-15 (38th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: April 12, 2013 (Philadelphia) - L, 8-7
▶ Streak: 0-1

For the third time in four years, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will play for an Ivy League title in the championship tilt of the conference tournament Sunday in Philadelphia. And for the third time, that title will have to come against the top-seeded Penn Quakers. Opening draw is set for noon inside Franklin Field.

The Big Green advanced to the tournament finals with an 11-10 double-overtime victory Friday afternoon over  second-seeded Princeton. Senior Hana Bowers netted the winner, her fifth of the day, with 1:22 left in the second overtime period on a free-position shot to send her team on to the final game of the weekend.

Not only did Bowers score the winner, but the senior from Old Greenwich, Conn., registered five tallies and assisted on another, tying her single-game high (5g/1a) set against Harvard in the regular season finale on April 26.

These two teams played at Franklin Field back on April 12 with the home team coming out on top, 8-7. Dartmouth defeated Penn twice last season, including the league’s championship game, 6-4, at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park in addition to the regular season tilt in Hanover.

The Quakers knocked off Cornell, 10-5, in Friday’s second semifinal to once again advance to the championship. The five-goal win marked the largest margin of victory in tournament history. Meredith Cain and Shannon Mangini each scored three times, while Lucy Ferguson made 12 saves against the Big Red.

Sunday’s final will mark the first time in the four-year history of the league tournament that one team will have reached the championship game in consecutive years, let alone both squads. Outside of the three appearances each by Penn and Dartmouth, no other team has been to the final more than once (Princeton and Harvard in 2011).

The scoring was not all through Bowers against the Tigers, though, as both junior Liz Calby and freshman Jaclyn Leto each scored a pair in the contest for the Big Green. Calby scored the first two goals of the afternoon, while Leto’s first of the contest made it 3-0 before netting her second to open the second half. Seniors Courtney Bennett and Kelsey Johnson also had one tally apiece.

In 16 total games played this season, Dartmouth has played eight one-goal affairs. In those eight outings, the team has posted an impressive 6-2 mark.

In each of the last two games, the Big Green have trailed at the half. In both of those games, the team has come back to win. Harvard led 6-5 at intermission last week only to see Dartmouth score 10 times in the second half to win, 15-8. Princeton took a 7-6 lead into the break on Friday, but was outscored 4-3 in the second frame before falling to the Green in the second overtime.

Head coach Amy Patton picked a solid trio of players to serve as team captains this season as all three earned All-Ivy League honors this week. Courtney Bennett and Hana Bowers were tabbed to the first team, while Kelsey Johnson earned a place on the second team for the second time in her career (2011). In addition to those three, junior Liz Calby and Kristen Giovanniello were selected to the Honorable Mention Team.

Three players from last season’s Ivy League All-Tournament Team will be back again for the Big Green in 2013. Johnson, Bowers and Giovanniello all played a major role in the program’s first postseason title last spring and all return for a shot at another. Giovanniello was named the Most Outstanding Player in that two-game stretch for turning aside 18 total shots, including a finals-record nine against Penn.

Following the game on Sunday, the NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be held announcing the 13 automatic bids and the 13 at-large teams who will comprise the newly expanded 26-team format.