HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 16 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is headed back to the Ivy League Tournament.
The Big Green (10-3, 5-1 Ivy) bested visiting Yale (7-7, 2-4 Ivy) at Scully-Fahey Field, punching their ticket back to the league tournament for the first time since 2013 thanks to a 17-4 victory Saturday afternoon.
Following the game, the team honored the six members of the Class of 2018 as part of Senior Day ceremonies.
“I was very inspired by the way we played today,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “The greatest way you can honor your senior class is by making sure you send them to the Ivy League Tournament and that was what we did.”
The game was never really in doubt after three-quarters of the way through the opening half. Yale’s second goal of the game came with 5:35 remaining in the frame to cut the lead to just a pair at 4-2. However, the home team scored the next three goals before the intermission and then first five tallies of the second half to build the lead to 10.
In five home games this season, Dartmouth has held a 10-or-more goal lead five times.
The Big Green defense limited the Bulldogs to just two goals in each half en route to the win. Additionally, Kellen D'Alleva and Michelle Yu added a pair of markers each with Campbell Brewer, Sophia Turchetta and Larson Bennett all notching one in another dominating display of Dartmouth’s balanced scoring.
In the heated individual matchup between the two best Ivy League players on the draw control, it was the Green and White’s Kathryn Giroux who came out on top against Yale’s Izzy Nixon. Giroux posted nine draws in the winning effort, while Nixon managed just four, her second-lowest total of the season.
Goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten needed to make just five saves in earning her 10th win of the season as the Big Green held a 28-9 edge in shots on goal. Sydney Marks was tested often and finished with 11 stops in the loss.
Dartmouth hosts UMass Lowell Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the final regular season home game of the season. The Big Green close out the Ivy schedule and the regular season next Saturday at Brown with a possible chance to win the conference title and earn the right to host the Ivy League Tournament May 4 and 6.
Check back with DartmouthSports.com in the upcoming days for more information regarding the Ivy League Tournament.