April 13, 2009

Dartmouth Goalie Wadland Earns Ivy Honors

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. -- After asserting herself on a field full of the Ivy's finest, Dartmouth junior goalkeeper Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

Wadland had one of the brightest performances of her career in the #13 Big Green's 7-6 overtime loss at #2 Penn this Saturday. The Quakers remained unbeaten on the season but Wadland and the Dartmouth defense held them to a season-low in scoring.

This marks the second time this season that Wadland has earned the League's weekly distinction.

Wadland proved why she is among the nation's elite by making a season-high 12 saves including many one-on-one stops. She also recorded five ground balls and two caused turnovers with some spectacular interceptions of the Penn attack. She and the defense faced 28 shots from the Quakers but with 19 on goal, Wadland had a 63.1 save percentage.

She kept the Big Green in the game during the first half, making five saves and picking off the Quakers passes to maintain a 4-4 tie at halftime. Wadland followed that with seven stops in the second half.

The junior sports an 8.77 overall goals against average and has lowered that to 5.37 in Ivy play which is tops in the conference. With a league-high 10.25 saves per Ivy game, she also has a staggering 65.1 save percentage which leads the league by 10 percent over the nearest player.

Wadland and the Big Green continue a busy week when they host Harvard on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and #7 Princeton on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

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