Dartmouth Big Green (1-0) vs.
UNH Wildcats (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Location: Durham, N.H. | Wildcat Stadium
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 24-16
Last Meeting: Feb. 22, 2016 | W, 11-10 | Hanover
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team looks to keep its momentum from a season-opening victory into Wednesday’s game with intra-state rival New Hampshire. The Big Green and Wildcats square off at 3 p.m. in Durham.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth kicked off the 2017 season with an 11-9 win at UMass Lowell on Saturday. Courtney Weisse scored five times, while Cara DePippo and Taryn Deck each added a pair as the Big Green took down the River Hawks for the second straight season in the opener for both teams.
- The Wildcats come into the game with an 0-1 mark, having lost its opener on Saturday at home to Ivy League foe Harvard. The Crimson went to Durham and came away 18-11 winners.
- A veteran team, UNH brings back 25 letterwinners from a season ago and have added just four freshmen to its 29-player roster.
- Senior Devon Croke scored a game-high four goals for the Wildcats, while Krissy Schafer added a hat trick and Marissa Gurello notched two.
- Goalkeeper Kate Clancy made 19 saves to set a new career high in the loss, but allowed 18 as Harvard held a whopping 37-18 edge in shots on goal.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS
- In the 41st all-time meeting between the two Granite State program’s last season, Dartmouth came away with an 11-10 victory in Hanover. The win helped the Green and White to a 24-17 record in the series. The Wildcats led for most of the game, but a second-half surge allowed the Green to take its first lead of the day and then build on it as they managed to hold off their rivals from Durham for the final 18 minutes.
- Jaclyn Leto led the way with five goals and six points, while Taryn Deck posted a five-point effort in the win, scoring three times and adding a pair of assists.
- A physical game, 60 total fouls and five yellow cards were called.
- Dartmouth has earned the ‘W’ in 20 of the last 21 meetings against its in-state rival.
FIVE AND A WINNER
- Senior Courtney Weisse’s career day culminated in a five-goal effort against the River Hawks. Weisse’s previous career high was three, also against Lowell and also in last year’s season opener
- The fifth goal proved to be the game winner, her first GWG since April 25, 2015 when she notched the OT winner with just one second remaining in the extra period. That goal came in the final game of the season and was the fifth of her sophomore campaign, a number she matched in the first 49:05 of her senior season.
A NEW RECORD!
Although she did not score a goal or register a point, sophomore Kathryn Giroux might’ve had the most dominating performance of the day on Saturday. Giroux registered a single-game program-record 10 draw controls against UML. Four previous times had a Dartmouth player collected nine in a game — all in the last five years — but the Summit, New Jersey, native became the first player in the 45-year history of Dartmouth women’s lacrosse to reach double figures in a single game.
In all, five of Dartmouth’s 11 rookies made their collegiate debuts against the River Hawks. Freshman goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten started and played the opening 41 minutes, stopping eight, while allowing just three in picking up her first career win. Katie Bourque was the first member of the Class of 2020 to score a goal as she netted the freshman class’ first tally 12:06 into the season.
Wednesday’s game will be carried live on AmericaEast.tv for FREE. Fans can also follow the action with live stats provided by UNHwildcats.com.
The home opener Saturday against Binghamton follows Wednesday’s game. The Big Green and Bearcats meet at noon at Scully-Fahey Field in a game that will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Dartmouth Readies for Battle of Granite State at UNH