March 30, 2009

Dartmouth Sweeps Ivy Women's Awards

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. -- After wins over Fairfield and Brown, Dartmouth women's lacrosse players Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) and Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) have been named the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

The duo were just a part of the team efforts that led the Big Green past Fairfield, 17-8, and Brown, 16-1. Dartmouth sits at 5-3 and 2-0 in Ivy play with another big conference showdown looming when Cornell comes to town on Saturday.

Meyer, a sophomore midfielder, has earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in her career and first this season. This week she shared the honor with Penn's Emma Spiro. In two games, Meyer tallied a team-high nine points including six goals on 10 shots and three assists, also adding five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers on the week. In the win over Brown, Meyer scored five points including three goals and two assists. Earlier in the week, Meyer bolstered Dartmouth with four points (three goals, one assist) in a 17-8 win over Fairfield, handing the Stags their second loss of the season. She scored three first-half goals including the eventual game-winner for the Big Green. The performances marked the fifth and sixth three-goal games of Meyer's career and were her first consecutive hat tricks.

Wadland, a junior goalkeeper, continued her impressive season with a pair of wins including the dominant 16-1 victory over Ivy opponent Brown. On the week, Wadland made 15 saves, had an impressive 4.50 GAA and 63.5 save percentage and helped Dartmouth convert on 87 percent of its clear attempts. On Saturday, Wadland stifled Brown's attack, making nine saves including point blank stops on three free position shots. She was a commanding presence, running the defense, snagging two ground balls and had a shutout going against the Bears for the first 40 minutes of the game. The one-goal effort marked the fewest goals allowed by Dartmouth since March 24, 2002. Previously, Wadland helped hand Fairfield just its second loss of the season with six saves in the 17-8 victory. She made three saves in the first half to build an 11-2 advantage and three more in the second to hold off the Stags. Two games into the Ivy slate, Wadland boasts an impressive 3.50 GAA in league play.

The Big Green hosts the Big Red this Saturday, April 4 for a 1 p.m. start at Scully-Fahey Field.

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