Dartmouth Big Green (11-7, 5-2 Ivy) vs.
No. 4 Syracuse Orange (16-3, 8-0 BIG EAST)
▶ Sunday, May 12, 2013 ▶ 3 PM ▶ Syracuse, N.Y.
▶ SU Soccer Stadium (1,500)
▶ All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 8-7 (16th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: May 13, 2012 (Syracuse) - L, 15-5
▶ Streak: 0-2

The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team returns to SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on Syracuse in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Big Green advanced beyond the opening round for the first time in seven years with an 11-8 triumph over Boston College on Friday.

The Green and White fought through an early-game seesaw battle with the Eagles, but managed to take a lead midway through the first half and never look back, holding on for the three-goal victory. Unlikely offensive standouts and stellar play in the defensive zone proved to be the difference as Dartmouth improved to 19-0 all-time against BC. With the opening draw moved up to 1:30 p.m. from the original start of 4 p.m., it was the first game played in this year’s tournament.

- Perhaps the toughest opponent the Big Green have faced all year, Syracuse comes into the game at 16-3 and having won its last 11 overall, including victories over No. 18 UConn (19-6) and No. 6 Georgetown (14-7) in the BIG EAST Tournament last weekend in Washington D.C.
- Junior Alyssa Murray is one of five finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation’s top player. She was also named the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the conference’s first team. Murray leads the Orange in scoring with 90 points on 56 goals and 34 assists.
- Senior Becca Block was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and, like Murray, was unanimously selected to the all-league first team.
- Freshman Kayla Treanor set new Syracuse freshmen records this season as she boasts 78 points and leads the team in goals with 59 through 19 games.
- A tandem of goalkeepers have seen action in 2013 with Kelsey Richardson leading the way with a 12-1 record and a .424 save percentage to go along with her 7.25 goals-against average.

This will be the 16th meeting between the two programs with Dartmouth holding the slight 8-7 advantage. The Orange and Big Green met twice last season, both inside the Carrier Dome, with Syracuse winning each, including a first-round NCAA Tournament match-up on May 13.  

Date                Location                     Result
5/6/00              Syracuse, N.Y.            L, 18-9
4/9/01              Hanover, N.H.             W, 11-8
5/4/02              Syracuse, N.Y.            L, 18-9
4/11/03            Hanover, N.H.             W, 14-11
4/11/04            Syracuse, N.Y.            W, 13-4
4/12/05            Hanover, N.H.             W, 13-8
5/12/05            Hanover, N.H.$           W, 9-8
2/27/06            Syracuse, N.Y.            L, 11-10 (2OT)
2/24/07            Hanover, N.H.             W, 11-10
2/24/08            Syracuse, N.Y.            L, 18-5
4/28/09            Hanover, N.H.             L, 12-9
3/24/10            Syracuse, N.Y.            W, 17-10
4/4/11              Hanover, N.H.             W, 10-7
4/9/12              Syracuse, N.Y.            L, 22-4
5/13/12            Syracuse, N.Y. $         L, 15-5
5/12/13            Syracuse, N.Y. !          TBD

$ - NCAA First Round
! -NCAA Second Round

All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 8-7
Home: 6-1
Road: 2-6
Neutral Site: 0-0
NCAA Tournament: 1-1

Sunday marks the third NCAA Tournament meeting against Syracuse for Dartmouth. Prior to last season’s 15-5 loss in the first round, the two had played another first-round contest in 2005 in Hanover. The Green came out on top, 9-8, in that first meeting thanks in large part to five goals from Katieanne Christian. For Christian, that day was the fifth of six five-goal games that season as she also had five against Georgetown in the quarterfinals three days later.

In taking down BC Friday afternoon, the Green snapped a three-game NCAA Tournament skid that dated back nearly seven years. The last Dartmouth victory in the national postseason came against Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Final Four on May 26, 2006, advancing to the championship game with a 14-8 win.

Freshman Jaclyn Leto and sophomore Sarah Byrne became the first Dartmouth teammates to register four goals in the same NCAA Tournament game in program history when they accomplished the feat on Friday. In 24 previous national postseason games, no two Dartmouth teammates had ever scored three or more goals in the same game. Whitney Douthett ’07 was the last player to score four in a tournament game, doing so in that win over Norte Dame in 2006.

Despite being held to just one goal, senior Hana Bowers continues to move up the program’s all-time scoring lists. Her 64 points so far this season rank as the ninth best, while her 49 goals are tied for ninth best in a single year along with Suzy Gibbons ’01 (2001). As it stands now, her 122 career points rank tied for 21st with Holly Allen ’90 on the all-time scoring list.

In matching her season high of 12 saves on Friday, junior Kristen Giovanniello now has 395 in her career. Just five stops away from 400, she ranks fifth all-time with Laura Melly ’82, the next player on the list with 404 career saves. With 130 saves this season, Giovanniello is just four away from her career high (134) set as a freshman, while this year’s total currently ranks as the 15th best at Dartmouth.

With one draw control against Boston College, senior Courtney Bennett brought her season total to 53, tying her for second with Douthett, who had set the previous standard for draws in a year back in 2006. Sarah Plumb ’12 rewrote the record book last spring with 82 draws.

All three Ivy League teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament were matched up against programs from the ACC in the first round as Princeton played Duke and Penn took on Virginia, in addition to the Dartmouth/Boston College game. The Big Green were the lone Ivy team to advance as both the Tigers and Quakers fell, 10-9 and 12-6, respectively.

The IWLCA announced its All-Northeast Region Teams on Tuesday with three Dartmouth players earning recognition. Bennett and Bowers were tabbed to the first team, while classmate and fellow tri-captain Kelsey Johnson was named to the second team. All three players, plus junior Liz Calby, were also selected as members of the Ivy League All-Tournament Team for their play in Philadelphia last weekend.

Bowers set a new Ivy League Tournament record for goals in a single postseason as she netted eight at Franklin Field over the two games. In addition to her eight tallies, Bowers had an assist in each outing against Princeton and Penn to post 10 total points on the weekend, tying the record set by the Quakers’ Ali DeLuca in 2010.

The winner of Sunday’s match-up between the Big Green and Orange will advance to the quarterfinals to play the winner of the Denver/Florida second-round game next weekend.