March 28, 2009

No. 16 Dartmouth Smothers, Trounces Brown

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. - The 16th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team turned in a dominant performance on both ends of the field to take a 16-1 victory over Ivy League foe Brown this afternoon.

It was a beautiful day for lacrosse in Hanover and the play of the Dartmouth women (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) was just as striking. Every available player saw action for the Big Green, who never missed a beat in dispatching the Bears (4-4, 1-1 Ivy). 

Junior goalkeeper Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) was a commanding presence in the cage, stonewalling Brown with nine saves while the defense in front of her held the Bears to just 15 shots including only five in the first half. Wadland had a shutout going for the first 40 minutes of the game and the one-goal allowed was the lowest opponent output since a 14-1 win over Columbia on March 24, 2002.

Offensively, seven Dartmouth players scored in the game including a trio of hat tricks for sophomores Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.), Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.). Collins and Meyer both added two assists for five points each. 

Rookie Dana Brisbane (Locust Valley, N.Y.) started it off when she checked into the game, sprinted the length of the field and never broke stride while taking a feed from Katherine Chiusano (Medford, N.J.) and scoring the first goal of the game at 28:35. Fellow freshman Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) and Collins converted back-to-back free position shots for a 3-0 Big Green lead at 24:24.

The Dartmouth defense held things down while the Big Green's offensive pace slowed a bit.Colleen Olsen (Avon, Conn.) turned the Bears over the got the ball back to the offense for Dartmouth to get back in the flow. Chiusano got in on the scoring after that with a good look off a feed from Meyer before Parks tallied two-straight both off nifty spin moves to go up 6-0 at 13:31 before Meyer added her first goal just over a minute later.

After a series of miscues and turnovers by both teams, it was Olsen again with a big ground ball pickup with just under 10 to play. She fed the ball to Shannie MacKenzie(Greenwich, Conn.) who took it the length of the field before pitching it off to the attack. Once again Chiusano would not be denied, fighting her way through a sea of Brown to score the Big Green's eighth-straight. Plumb converted her second free position goal of the game to make it 9-0 at 4:43.

With just over a minute to play, Brown's Isabel Harvey made an impressive point blank save on Collins, but the sophomore was fouled on the ensuing scramble and made Harvey pay with a good free position goal. Collins scored again on the next play off a feed from classmate Abigail Holden (Alexandria, Va.) for the 11-0 lead.

Wadland preserved the shutout with a pair of big saves late in the half. The Bears looked poised to get on the scoreboard in the final minute when leading scorer Katelyn Caro had a one-on-one with the Dartmouth keeper but Wadland made the point-blank save.

Dartmouth limited Brown to just five shots in the first half and Wadland made saves on four of those.

The Big Green picked up right where it left off with three quick goals in the first six minutes. Meyer scored the first of the half, unassisted, followed by Parks converting her third of the day and Meyer added a second off a feed from classmate Collins to go up 14-0 24:14. Just as she started the run, Brisbane tallied Dartmouth's 15th unanswered goal of the game off a free position three minutes later.

Brown won the ensuing draw control and moved the ball around on offense before getting the ball to Caro who snuck one past Wadland for her 17th goal of the season and the Bears. first of the day at 20:14. She tried for another on the next possession, but Wadland stuffed her point blank on a free position attempt.

The Big Green scored its final goal of the game with 16 minutes to play. Collins drew a free position and passed the ball off to her former high school teammate Eliza Bennett (Darien, Conn.) and the junior zipped one past Harvey for the 16-1 lead.

Dartmouth's offense kept the pressure on while the defense was lockdown determined to prevent Brown from getting a second goal. The Big Green stifled the attack all day from Olsen and MacKenzie to Hope McIntyre(Cockeysville, Md.) and Kelly Hopley (Denver, Colo.) and the entire defensive corps.

The Big Green outshot the Bears, 26-15 on the day and held a 24-18 advantage in ground balls. It was a battle for every draw control and though Brown managed a 13-6 edge, it did not slow Dartmouth's attack.

Olsen finished the day with four ground balls and three caused turnovers while Hopley added three ground balls, two draws and a caused turnover. 

The Big Green has a week off before hosting #19 Cornell this coming Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.    

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