Dartmouth Big Green (4-0) vs.
Columbia Lions (2-1)
Date: Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Location: New York, N.Y. | Robert K. Kraft Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth Leads 19-0
Last Meeting: 4.30.16 | W, 13-11 | Hanover
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will open Ivy League play in 2017 Sunday at Columbia’s Robert K. Kraft Field. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Big Green bested Boston University, 19-7, Wednesday afternoon in Beantown.
- Elizabeth Mastrio led the way with five goals, while Taryn Deck notched four, both new career highs.
- Goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten turned aside 16 shots in the win, pushing her over 50 for the season and 35 in the team’s last two outings.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
- Columbia comes into Sunday’s game with a 2-1 record thanks to consecutive wins against MAAC opponents Fairfield (13-11) and at Canisius (12-11).
- The team’s lone loss came in the opener at Drexel (14-8) on Feb. 19.
- Taylor Quinn leads the team in goals (9) and shares the lead in points (10) along with Victoria Kalamaras (4-6-10).
- Kelsey Gedin has played every minute of the three games, boasting a 12.00 goals against average and a .446 save percentage.
- Dartmouth has never lost to Columbia in 19 all-time meetings back to the Lions’ first varsity season in 1998.
- It has not been lopsided in score, though, as of late as last year’s game was a 13-11 contest in Hanover, while Courtney Weisse’s last-second overtime goal in 2015 helped the Big Green to a 9-8 win in the last meeting in the city. The 12-7 game in 2014 was the largest margin of victory for the Big Green against a much-improved Columbia team in the last four seasons.
- Dartmouth is 4-0 for the first time since 2013 following the win at BU. In that 2013 season, it was a March 6 victory at BU’s Nickerson Field against the Terriers that pushed the team to its fourth win in as many contests.
- The Big Green are one of 11 teams without a blemish on their schedule right now with nine of those teams posting at least a 3-0 mark.
THE KID IS PRETTY GOOD
- With another strong showing at BU, Vrindten is establishing herself as a serious collegiate goalkeeper.
- Not only does she have the two highest single-game saves mark of any Dartmouth keeper in the last four years, she now has the best save percentage (.642) and saves per game (13.00) of anyone in Division I.
- Her 7.98 goals against average currently ranks 15th in the nation, while her 52 total saves are tied for fourth.
- Dartmouth’s cumulative save percentage of .607 is fourth in the NCAA.
ON THE DRAW
- Kathryn Giroux’s program-record 10 draw controls in the season opener at UMass Lowell have her as just one of 21 players from across the country with at least a double-digit effort this season.
- As a team, the Green and White are fifth in the nation with 16.75 per game, trailing only Harvard (17.00) for the Ivy League lead.
- While Lauren Maiorano may not have scored a point at BU on Wednesday, she became the third Big Green player this season with eight or more draw controls in a game as she was credited with eight of the team’s 14 in the win.
With the largest win in the all-time series with BU on Wednesday, Dartmouth now ranks 12th in the country in margin of victory. The 12-goal win in Boston pushed the team’s average margin of victory to 7.0 this season. The two goal-win in the opener has been the smallest of the year with the team twice winning by double digits (UNH and BU).
Dartmouth had three players with at least a hat trick in the Binghamton game at Scully-Fahey last weekend. That number jumped up to four at BU with Mastrio’s career day helping her join the mix. The win against the Terriers marked the second straight game with a hat trick for both Deck and Kierra Sweeney, while the third such game for Cara DePippo.
Fans with subscriptions to the league’s service can watch Sunday’s game live on the Ivy League Digital Network or follow along with live stats provided by GoColumbiaLions.com
Dartmouth will have a break for exams before returning to competition against Southern California at home on Friday, March 17 at 3 p.m.