HANOVER, N.H. – The 15th-ranked Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team found themselves in a first-half battle with UMass Lowell Wednesday afternoon.
However, that battle soon dissipated with the start of the second stanza as the Big Green (11-3) ran away with an 18-7 win against the visiting River Hawks (4-12) at Scully-Fahey Field.
A 6-6 game at intermission quickly slipped away from UML as Dartmouth scored the first nine goals of the final frame, holding the visiting River Hawks without a seventh score until 5:35 remaining in the game.
“I’m really proud of the way we came out in the second,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “We played a really gritty second half in terms of how we were able to force turnovers and get possession with our draw controls.”
The score would’ve been even more lopsided had Lowell’s goalkeeper Courtney Barrett not played incredibly well, making a career-high 18 saves in the contest, including several point-blank stops.
Sophomore Ellie Carson led the Dartmouth attack with a career-high seven goals, just the 19th time in Big Green history that a player scored at least seven times in a single contest. On the season, Carson has 48 tallies.
On the draw control, Kathryn Giroux had her second-best game of the season. Her second best also happens to be the second best by any player in the nation in 2018. Giroux was credited with 17 in the win over UML, two shy of her Ivy-League record of 19 set earlier this season at Jacksonville. She also moved into sole possession of second place in conference history as she now has 230 for her career, just 49 back of the record.
Despite seven goals from Carson, she wasn’t even the top offensive player on her team Wednesday. That honor belonged to Sophia Turchetta, who posted eight points on two goals and six assists. Turchetta missed out on tying the program record for helpers in a game by just one as Sandy Bryan ’83 had nine in a game back in 1980.
Campbell Brewer matched Carson with seven points, dishing out five assists, while finding the back of the net twice herself. Kierra Sweeney’s three goals and four points almost seemed dwarfed by her three teammates’ explosive afternoons, but helped the home team to its fifth win of 10 or more goals in six home games this season.
Kate White’s eight ground balls were also one short of a program standard, as Kate Killen ’04 picked up nine against UNH during the 2003 season.
Michelle Yu’s only score of the game came with less than a second remaining in the opening half and sent the teams to the break tied at six. The Big Green defense clamped down after that, not allowing a goal over a span of 25:04 from the end of the first half through the second. In that time, the Green scored 10 times.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten — the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week — made five saves in the game, earning her 11th win of the season, the fifth-best single-season total in four decades of Dartmouth women’s lacrosse.
The Big Green also held the River Hawks to just three free-position shots in the game, while attempting 12 themselves. Dartmouth has now allowed just seven free-position shots against in the last three games.
The Green and White cap the regular season Saturday at Brown with a chance to lock up the top spot in the Ivy League with some help from Princeton in Wednesday night’s home game with Penn.