PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The chances were there. They just never materialized into the desired results.
The No. 15 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team had chances on Saturday to pull off the comeback win against Brown. The Big Green (11-4, 5-2 Ivy) also had a chance to win at least a share of the Ivy League title.
However, neither came to fruition as the host Bears (9-6, 2-5 Ivy) shocked the visitors at Stevenson-Pincince Field and halting any hope of an on-field Ivy League coronation for Dartmouth with a 17-13 win.
Brown’s victory snapped the Green and White’s four-game win streak in the process, pulling the upset in its final game of the season.
The Big Green will be part of the Ivy League Tournament next weekend at Princeton. Dartmouth will be the No. 3 seed and play No. 2 Penn. Princeton claimed the top seed and will host the postseason tournament. Dartmouth and Penn will meet in a semifinal Fridayat 4:05 p.m. in a game broadcast live on ESPN+.
Sophomore Ellie Carson scored three times in the game, pushing her season total to 51 and becoming just the fourth Dartmouth player to reach the half-century mark in the last 15 seasons.
A close game in the first half swung the way of the hosts thanks to a 6-0 run in an eight-minute span. The longest run of goals by either team the rest of the game was three by Brown midway through the second frame, making a comeback bid by the Big Green late in the game seem all but impossible.
The Bears were led offensively by Rosa Mosenthal’s four goals and hat tricks by both Hafsa Moinuddin and Emma DeGennaro. Three other players all kicked in a pair of markers as Brown matched UMass’ 17 goals in the season opener as the most allowed by the Dartmouth defense this season.
Carson went over the 50-goal mark, but it was junior Kierra Sweeney who would lead the team in scoring on Saturday with four markers of her own to bring her season total to 36.
The biggest difference in the game was the play of Brown goalkeeper Mikaela Karlsson, who stopped 10 shots in the game. Though, the Bears’ defense was strong in limiting chances, when they did come, Karlsson was there to make key saves, especially in the second half. At the other end of the field, Dartmouth’s Kiera Vrindten made five saves in the loss.