HANOVER, N.H. – It was a record-setting day for sophomore Kathryn Giroux of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field.
Unfortunately for Giroux and the Big Green (5-7, 0-5 Ivy), eighth-ranked Cornell (10-2, 5-0 Ivy) had a pair of key runs during the game that eventually led to a 14-12 road win to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play this season.
Dartmouth was finally able to put together its most complete 60-minute effort of the season against an Ancient Eight opponent, but was unable to hold off a second-half run midway through the frame from the visitors that resulted in the eventual winner.
Giroux did everything she could to give her team a chance to win as she set the program’s single-game record of 13 draw controls, breaking her own record of 12 set at Siena earlier this season.
In setting the single-game mark, she also became the program’s leader for draws in a season with 86 this year. Her 10th of the day moved her alone into first, passing Sarah Plumb’s 82 set as a senior in 2012.
Additionally, Giroux became the eighth player in program history with 100 or more draw controls in her career as her 103 to date rank seventh all-time.
“You have to have a confident mindset going into every draw,” Giroux said. “I look at it as the most important part of the game. Any 50/50 ball is important, but if you can either continue your team’s momentum or stop the other team’s by winning the draw after a goal, it’s huge for your team.”
If Giroux was getting the Green and White possession, it was senior Courtney Weisse who was finishing. Weisse scored five times in the game, matching her career high, while assisting on another.
"After Wednesday's game we knew we needed to make adjustments and have stronger possessions,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “We did that today and I'm proud of our team for being so coachable.
“We are not satisfied, but we will build on this momentum and prepare for Albany on Wednesday," Spencer added.
Kellen D’Alleva kicked in her first two goals of the season for the Big Green, while Cara DePippo returned to the lineup and added a pair of her own. Elizabeth Mastrio, Katie Bourque and Ellie Carson all had a goal each for the Green and White.
Freshman goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten stopped 14 shots in the game, while Cornell’s Renee Poullott made 5-of-her-7 saves in the second half to hold off the resurgent Big Green.
The Big Red saw Amie Dickson match Weisse for the game high in both goals (5) and points (6), while Catherine Ellie notched a hat trick and both Ida Farinholt and Tomasina Leska each scored twice.
The visitors held a 37-26 edge in shots. Dartmouth was better on the draw (17-11) and picking up ground balls (18-15).
Dartmouth caps its three-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon against Albany. Game time is set for 3 p.m.