No. 19 Dartmouth Big Green (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) at
Harvard Crimson (3-5, 0-2 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Location: Harvard Stadium | Cambridge, Mass.
All-Time Series: 4.2.17 | L, 17-12 | Hanover
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is at Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon for its third Ivy League game of the 2018 campaign.
ROAD TRIP FINALE
• The current four-game road swing comes to an end Saturday at Harvard following stops at Hofstra, Jacksonville and No. 16 Princeton.
• In all three instances, the Big Green came away winners, marking the first time that the program had won three straight road games with no home game in between since the 2005 season.
o James Madison | W, 14-12
o Yale | W, 9-8
o Columbia | W, 19-3
LAST TIME OUT
• The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 16 Princeton, 15-12, Saturday afternoon at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
• The Big Green improved to 6-1 overall and are atop the Ivy League standings at 2-0 thanks to the victory as they pushed their win streak to six games with the result.
• Dartmouth exorcised some personal demons with the win, erasing a four-game overall skid and six-game regular season slide dating back to the 2012 season. Saturday also marked the Green and White’s first road win in the series since a 13-12 contest in 2008.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
• Harvard is 3-5 overall and 0-2 in league play with an overtime loss to Yale (16-15) and a one-goal defeat at Columbia (14-13) in its most recent contest.
• The Crimson are currently in the midst of a three-game skid, having lost to Syracuse (20-13), at UMass (22-17) and the aforementioned Columbia game.
• The only team in the Ivy League ahead of Dartmouth (15.29) in scoring offense, Harvard is averaging 15.38 goals per game this season, a figure good enough to rank 10th nationally, one spot ahead of the 11th-ranked Big Green.
• Unfortunately for the Crimson, they rank 110th out of 115 teams in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 16.25 goals per game, nearly two more than the next closest Ancient Eight team (Columbia, 14.50).
• The offensive efforts go mainly through Julia Glynn (34-15-49) and Keeley MacAfee (33-12-45).
• Dartmouth has lost its last three games to the Crimson, dating back to the 2015 meeting.
• The Big Green won 15 straight against Harvard from 1997 to 2011, but have only two wins in the last seven meetings.
• Elizabeth Mastrio was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week as well as the DartmouthSports.com Female Athlete of the Week. Mastrio scored nine goals in the Big Green’s two wins over the course of the week, notching four at Jacksonville in a thrilling game that came down to the final seconds with the Big Green coming away with the 17-16 victory. The junior then scored five times and assisted on another for a six-point day in Dartmouth’s 15-12 win at No. 16 Princeton.
• Kathryn Giroux was tabbed as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week thanks to record-setting day in Jacksonville against the Dolphins on Wednesday. The junior midfielder posted an Ivy record 19 draw controls in the game, besting her own previous Dartmouth mark of 13 set last spring in the process. The 19 draws are the eighth-most ever in an NCAA game and the most in the nation this season by three. She would add another seven at Princeton to push her program record with 178 for her career.
There are several members of the team ranked in the top-10 statistical categories in the Ivy League this season. Here are several notables:
• Free-Positions Per Game: Mastrio | 1st (1.43), Larson Bennett | 7th (.70), Ellie Carson | 7th (.70)
• Draw Controls Per Game: Giroux | 2nd (7.57), Claire Marshall | 8th (3.71)
• Goals Per Game: Carson | 4th (3.43), Mastrio | 7th (3.14)
• Goals Against Average: Kiera Vrindten | 3rd (10.21)
• The game will be carried live on the Ivy League Network as well as NESNplus for those with it included in their cable package.
• GoCrimson.com will provide live stats for those looking to follow along.
• For an inside look at the team, follow @DartmouthWLAX on Twitter.
The Green and White are finally back home next Saturday, playing host to Penn. Currently, the two teams are the only unbeaten Ivy teams in conference play at 2-0 heading into games this weekend. The contest between the Big Green and Quakers is set to begin at noon on Scully-Fahey Field, marking the first home game for Dartmouth since March 3.