HANOVER, N.H. – Three players notched at least a hat trick as the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team won its 2017 home opener, 15-11, against visiting Binghamton Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
Four goals each from Cara DePippo and Kierra Sweeney and another three from Taryn Deck helped the Big Green improve to 3-0 on the young season and give first-year head coach Danielle Spencer her first win in front of the home crowd that proved loud and energetic all afternoon.
“We had a beautiful day and a great crowd behind us,” Spencer remarked, “This was a great opportunity for our team to come out and show what we’re working toward. I was pleased with how well we played in spurts, but we are still trying to put together a full 60 minutes.
“This game was a good lesson in how not to fall into complacency,” Spencer added. “Binghamton played us hard throughout and now we are looking forward to our next game against a very good BU team.”
The Big Green are back in action Wednesday afternoon at Boston University and a 3 p.m. start at Nickerson Field.
Dartmouth carried a 9-4 lead into intermission on Saturday and quickly extended the lead to seven in the opening minutes of the second half. However, the Bearcats (1-3) would not go quietly in their first all-time meeting with the Green and White, scoring the next five goals over 10 minutes to pull to within two, 11-9.
The fifth goal seemingly woke the home team from the doldrums of the Binghamton run with three goals of its own to put the game nearly out of reach in the final minutes.
For Sweeney, the four goals and six points were both career highs, while the two assists tied her single-game best set on Wednesday in Durham. Sweeney was also a monster in the midfield, picking up five draw controls, just two shy of her cumulative career output coming into the game.
It was the second straight game in which DePippo had four goals, while Deck earned her sixth career three-goal game and her first since April 23 last season at Brown. Three days after recording her first goal and assist, freshman Ellie Carson dished out a pair of helpers to match Sweeney for the game high.
In the circle, freshman goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten was outstanding, stopping 19 shots in the win. Vrindten made 10 saves in the second half, including several in the final minutes to help keep Dartmouth ahead and in position for the victory. At the other end, Emma Jehle was also strong, stopping 15 in the loss as the two teams combined for 61 shots on goal on the afternoon.
Binghamton was led offensively by Jacqueline Kennedy’s four goals with Rebecca Golderman adding three of her own.
Coming into the game ranked third in the nation in draw controls per game, the Big Green kept it going with a 16-11 edge on Saturday. The home team was also 17-of-18 on clear attempts, while forcing the Bearcats into eight failed clears on 28 attempts.