February 26, 2011

No. 14 Dartmouth Opens with Win over UNH

from press release

The 14th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team used a balanced offense and solid defense to top instate rival New Hampshire, 9-5, in its season-opener at Scully-Fahey Field today.

Six different players accounted for Dartmouth's nine goals with Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.), Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) and Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) each adding two. New Hampshire (1-1) was led by Ilana Cohen's three goals.

Rookie Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) came up big in her first collegiate game, making seven saves in goal.

Dartmouth (1-0) got a big day from junior midfielder Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) who filled the statsheet with a goal and an assist along with five ground balls and three caused turnovers, also taking the majority of the draws for the Big Green.

New Hampshire did its best to limit Dartmouth's powerful attack by holding onto the ball when it had possession in its own attacking end, resulting in just a slight 20-17 shot advantage for Dartmouth. Both teams were a bit sloppy in this cold, early-season bout, with Dartmouth committing 26 turnovers to UNH's 25.

Dartmouth stormed out to an early 4-0 lead with goals from four different players by the 15:34 mark before New Hampshire finally got on the board when Cohen scored at 11:46 to make it 4-1. Both offenses stagnated before Goldberg closed out the half to make it 5-1 off a feed from Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.), one of three assists on the day.

Collins made it a 6-1 Dartmouth lead early in the second half, but the Wildcats rattled off three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 6-4 after a Hayley Rausch score at 15:05. The Big Green responded, however, when Meyer scored off a feed from Plumb and assisted Erin Massimi (Westwood, Mass.) on the next play to start a 3-0 Dartmouth run, makiing it a 9-4 lead with 3:00 to play. New Hampshire got one more goal in the last minute to take the final score to 9-5.

Dartmouth has a busy week ahead, traveling to Vermont for a midweek tilt on Wednesday, March 2 before heading to Yale for its Ivy opener on Saturday, March 5.

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