HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team concluded the 2017 season on Saturday with a 12-8 win against visiting Brown at Scully-Fahey Field.
The Big Green improved to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in Ivy League play thanks to a pair of wins in as many games to finish out the season. The Bears fell to 6-9 and 1-6 with the loss.
The highlight of the day was definitely the win that sent the six members of the Class of 2017 out on a winning note in a game that served as their Senior Day. However, on an individual level, there was something special about sophomore Kathryn Giroux breaking the Ivy League record for draw controls in a single season.
Coming into the day, the previous record of 104 was held by Yale's Nicole Daniggelis and was set during the 2014 season. Seven draws from the second-year midfielder on Saturday, though, changed all that as she now owns the Ancient Eight mark with 108 this season, while also boasting the four-highest single-game marks in Dartmouth's program history.
"I am proud of the way we ended this season with back-to-back conference wins," head coach Danielle Spencer said. "The team showed great heart and perseverance. We will use this as momentum to carry us forward."
On this day, senior Taryn Deck and sophomore Kierra Sweeney led the team with four points apiece. Deck scored four goals in her final game in a green and white uniform, while Sweeney had two tallies and a pair of assists. Junior Cara DePippo ended the game with three points thanks to two goals and an assist.
In goal, freshman Kiera Vrindten stopped 14 to pick up her second career Ivy victory and her six career win overall. Both Brown goalkeepers saw playing time, but it was Maggie Bigelow that was saddled with the loss, making two saves.
Dartmouth got on the board first just a minute into the first half courtesy of DiPippo's first of the game, but Brown would tie the score a few minutes later. After that, the Big Green ran away with the lead, scoring four in a row to solidify their advantage, taking a 9-3 edge into intermission.
The Bears cut the Big Green's lead to five twice during the course of the second half, but Dartmouth never wavered. Vrindten made several key saves and the home team's defense was strong to keep the themselves comfortably ahead.
Brown scored with just one second remaining, but that only made the Green and White's final winning margin four goals.
Dartmouth's season came to an end with the final whistle as did the careers of Courtney Weisse, Taryn Deck, Kelly Dolan, Blake Hamblett, Kristen Hinckley and Lauren Maiorano. The team will now turn its attention to the offseason and preparing to return to postseason play in 2018.