April 26, 2009

No. 16 Dartmouth Pulls Away from Columbia

from press release

NEW YORK - Tied at 6-6 entering the half, No. 16 Dartmouth outscored the Lions in the second stanza to narrowly edge Columbia, 12-9.  The Lions outshot the Big Green 29-22 and won 17 draw controls compared to Dartmouth's seven.

The Big Green jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Lions evened the score with back-to-back goals.  Sophomore attacker Gabrielle Geronimos got Columbia on the board with an unassisted tally at 20:37.  Nearly five minutes later, Brittany Shannon scored the first of her three goals with a free position goal at 15:46 to make it 2-2.

The junior attacker then scored her second goal of the half ending a two-goal run by Dartmouth at 9:56.  With the Big Green ahead 5-3, Columbia responded with three unanswered goals to take its only lead of the game, 6-5.

Shannon got the run started before Rachael Ryan had back-to-back goals, all three assisted by Lauren Olsen.  It appeared as though the Lions would enter the break ahead by one, but Dartmouth scored as time ran out to knot the score at 6-6.

That goal prompted a five-goal run by the Big Green over a 10:45 span.  Holly Glynn stopped Dartmouth's momentum when she connected with Ryan at 20:33 to pull Columbia within three, 10-7. 

After Dartmouth's Sarah Parks beat Emma Mintz, Ryan once again scored back-to-back goals, assisted by Shannon and Lizzie Lee, to cut Dartmouth's lead to two, 11-9. 

That was the closest Columbia would get, as Dartmouth scored one last time with 2:26 to go and ran out the clock, defeating Columbia by a final score of 12-9.

Ryan had a huge all-around game for the Lions, finishing with a team-high five points on four goals and one assist.  She also won four draw controls and picked up a ground ball.  Shannon had four points while Olsen finished with three assists.  First-year Amanda Goodhart had a pair of caused turnovers, two ground balls, and a draw control.  Mintz had a solid game in goal for the Lions, finishing with five saves and two caused turnovers.

Columbia (8-7, 1-6 Ivy) closes out its 2009 campaign on Tuesday, April 28 when it travels to Bucknell for a 4 p.m. game.

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