HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team battled, but a huge second-half run helped No. 4 Southern California to a 19-8 win Friday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
The Big Green (4-2) pulled even at 8-8 with the fourth-ranked Trojans (6-1) in the early stages of the second frame. However, USC used an 11-0 run to secure its second all-time win in Hanover and improve to 3-0 against Dartmouth in program history.
“We showed that we can play against good teams,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “But we also saw that we still need to put together a full 60-minute effort, which was what went against us today.
“They (USC) made some big saves and then scored goals at the other end,” Spencer remarked. “For us to stop those prolonged runs, we have to score goals ourselves.”
It started out differently for the Green as senior Courtney Weisse scored the game’s first three goals. The Trojans responded with a 6-0 run over the next 10 minutes before the two teams traded goals for the remainder of the first half with the visitors taking a 7-5 lead into the intermission.
Dartmouth again responded to start the second, scoring three of the first four goals to tie the game just four minutes and change in thanks to a pair from Cara DePippo and Weisse’s fourth of the afternoon.
That’s when the Women of Troy started to roll, holding Dartmouth without a goal for the final 25:14 to secure the non-conference win.
Kerrigan Miller and Cynthia Del Core each scored five goals, while All-American Michaela Michael had four. Del Core was the star of the game as in addition to her five goals, she dished out six assists for 11 points. Her assist total alone would have made her the top-scoring player in the contest.
“We didn’t put together two halves,” Weisse said. “We played really well for stretches, but the compete game wasn’t there. The good thing for us is that there are a lot of games left for us to fix that.”
USC outshot the home team, 34-23. Ground balls favored the Green, 18-17, while draws were only slightly in the direction of the Trojans, 15-13.
The Big Green are back in action next Saturday, taking on No. 6 Princeton at noon in the 2017 Ivy League home opener. That game will be carried live on both the Ivy League Digital Network as well as ESPN3.