No. 15 Dartmouth Big Green (10-3) vs.
UMass Lowell River Hawks (4-11)
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Location: Scully-Fahey Field | Hanover, N.H.
All-Time Series: Dartmouth 2-0
Last Meeting: 2.18.17 | W, 11-9 | Lowell
The 15th-ranked Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team hosts UMass Lowell in the final regular season home game of 2018 Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
LAST TIME OUT
• Dartmouth is coming off another thoroughly dominating home win, besting Yale, 17-4, on Saturday afternoon.
• The win punched the Big Green’s ticket to the 2018 Ivy League Tournament, the team’s first appearance in the conference postseason since 2013.
• A trio of Dartmouth players posted hat tricks in the game with Ellie Carson leading the way with four goals. Kierra Sweeney and Katie Bourque each added three.
• For the fourth time in five home games this season, the Big Green managed to reach a double-digit lead and have a running clock.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
• UML is 4-11 overall this season, while just 1-5 in America East play.
• The team started the season on a four-game losing streak and is on a current three-game slide coming into Wednesday’s contest. The River Hawks have three wins over NEC teams (Wagner, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut) and a home romp of conference foe Hartford (16-1).
• Despite the rough season in terms of wins and losses, Kendyl Finelli and Taylor Sokol are having solid individual campaigns. Finelli leads the team with 50 points on 15 goals and a team-leading 35 assists, while Sokol’s 32 goals are twice as many as any other player on the roster.
• In goal, Courtney Barrett is 3-9 with a 10.92 goals against average and a .469 save percentage. Renee Gonzalez is 1-2 with numbers just slightly above her teammate’s.
AGAINST UMASS LOWELL
• These two teams have played in each of the last two seasons; the only meetings between Dartmouth and the newly elevated River Hawks.
• The Big Green won the only prior meeting played in Hanover, 18-2. It served as the season opener for the 2016 season.
• Last season, the Green and White edged out Lowell, 11-9, on the road with Courtney Weisse leading the way with a career-high five goals.
AWARD SEASON… AGAIN
• Sophomore goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.
• For the week, Vrindten posted an impressive 3.33 goals against average in addition to a .643 save percentage in wins over Vermont (16-5) and Yale (17-4).
THE BEST AND NEARLY THE BEST
• Dartmouth leads the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 15.23 goals per game.
• The Big Green are the second-best defensive team as well, allowing just 10.31 goals each contest.
• After just four goals as a freshman in 2017, Ellie Carson is near the top of the league with 41 this season.
• With at least three games guaranteed in the remainder of the season and Carson’s 3.15 goals per game average, the sophomore is on pace to reach 50 goals this season, joining Jaclyn Leto ’16 as the only Dartmouth player to do so in the last five years.
100!? MAYBE! AT SOME POINT!
• With 30 points (26-4) this season, junior Elizabeth Mastrio is just 11 points away from 100 for her career. She currently has 68 goals and 21 assists in 42 games played.
• Junior Kierra Sweeney is fresh off a week in which she led the team with five goals and seven points. That brings her career total to 77 points (54-23-77).
• Carson has 62 points in her 28 games with 52 of those coming this season.
• In a battle of the two best Ivy League players on draw controls against Yale’s Izzy Nixon, junior Kathryn Giroux came away the clear winner.
• Giroux posted nine draws in the dominant win over the Bulldogs, while Nixon managed just four.
• Giroux now has 88 this season, second most in program history behind only her 108 last season. Her 213 career draws are third all-time in conference history and 13 ahead of Nixon, who reached 200 with her final draw of the day on Saturday.
• The 19 draws at Jacksonville earlier this season remains the most in the nation by any player this season with the next-best figure coming in at 16, three back of Giroux’s record-setting day.
• The game will be carried live on the Ivy League Network for those fans who subscribe to the online video portal.
• DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats for those looking to follow along.
• For an inside look at the team, follow @DartmouthWLAX on Twitter.
The Big Green put a bow on the 2018 regular season Saturday at Brown. Depending on the outcome down at Princeton in the Tigers/Quakers game Wednesday night, the Big Green could be playing for an Ivy title in Providence against the Bears.