March 24, 2009

No. 16 Dartmouth Cruises Past Fairfield

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HANOVER, N.H. -­ The 16th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team used a balanced and relentless attack to take a 17-8 victory over Fairfield this afternoon.

The Big Green improves to 4-3 (1-0 Ivy) with the win while the Stags drop to 6-2.

Four different players earned a hat trick in the win, paced by freshman Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md) who tallied five goals on five shots along with four draw controls. The sophomore duo of Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) and Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) each added three goals and an assist while rookie Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) scored a trio of her own.

Senior Katherine Chiusano (Medford, N.J.) brought it all together with five assists running the offense. Shannie MacKenzie (Greenwich, Conn.) was solid defensively and scooped up a team-high three ground balls.

Fairfield struck first in the game with a goal from Kristen Coleman, her 24th of the year at just 26:21 for the early lead. Dartmouth's Meyer answered back with a free position goal at 25:40 to tie it up before Fairfield's Rebecca White gave her team its last lead of the game, up 2-1 at 24:16.

Meyer responded off a pass from Chiusano to tie it at 2-2 at 22:08. Chiusano kept up the crisp passes and found Parks three minutes later for the 3-2 lead and the Big Green never looked back. Fairfield won the ensuing draw but had a pair of shots blocked and saves before the Big Green cleared it into its attacking third. Junior Eliza Bennett (Darien, Conn.) danced around the crease and skipped in a shot that Chatnik lost sight of to put the Big Green up, 4-2 at 16:56.

Dartmouth earned a pair of free positions to lead to the fifth goal. Collins had the first and kicked the ball back out to the rookie Plumb, who was, in turn, fouled and fired a free position shot to build the 5-2 lead. Meyer was back at it again on the next possession, this time providing the assist on a nice play by Parks for her second tally of the day.

Fairfield finally worked the ball into Dartmouth's defensive end after the ensuing draw but the Big Green cleared it out and quickly started its offense. Freshman Dana Brisbane (Locust Valley, N.Y.) fed the ball to Bennett from the top of the 12 and Bennett had a clear look at goal for the 7-2 Big Green advantage.

The Stags regrouped during a timeout but it was more of the same back on the field when Collins faked out her opponent one-on-one and fired her 18th goal of the season past Chatnik for the 8-2 lead at 12:03.

Fairfield attacked after winning the next draw but Brisbane caused a turnover and drew a foul. The offense started quickly and Meyer had her hat trick down in less than 20 minutes when she scored yet again off a feed from Chiusano to make it 9-2 at 10:31.

The Stags finally slowed the Big Green attack, forcing several Dartmouth turnovers and gaining some possession time but they could not mount a significant threat.

The Big Green continued to have its way with Fairfield's defense and Plumb tallied two quick goals just 11 seconds apart. The first came off a feed from Chiusano, her fourth of the day and the second off a nice pass by Collins to make it 11-2 at 2:18.

Dartmouth picked up where it left off in the second with two quick, unassisted goals from Collins and Parks for a 13-12 lead at 27:34.

Fairfield finally stopped the streak of 12 unanswered Dartmouth goals that lasted nearly 30 minutes when Rebecca White converted a free position to make it 13-3 at 25:45. The Stags stopped the running clock with the same play, another free position by White at 24:51 to pull within nine.

The Big Green got it right back when Parks tallied her fourth of the game at 24:34 off a free position of her own after winning the draw and taking it to cage herself. Dartmouth tried to work things around on offense, slowing it down but Parks was wide open and got her fifth of the day at 18:43 off a nice scoop pass from Bennett in front of the crease for a 15-4 lead.

White tallied her third of the half with another tally at 17:33 and Kim Fuchs scored off a feed from Coleman to make it 15-6 at 14:21.

Chiusano continued to run the show and got the Big Green back ahead by 10 when she fed the ball to sophomore Abigail Holden (Alexandria, Va.) for her second goal of the season at 11:36. The Stags cut the lead again when Brittney Bare fired a sidearm rocket past Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) off a feed from Coleman at 8:48.

Once again the Big Green stifled the Stags hope when Collins swept in and fired a hard shot past Chatnik at the top of the cage for the 17-7 lead at 7:10  but Fairfield's Kate McKinley answered right back just a minute later for the final goal of the game.

The Big Green held a 28-20 advantage in shots, 20-11 in ground balls and 17-10 in draw controls. Wadland finished with six saves in goal for Dartmouth while Fairfield's Chatnik made four.

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