March 2, 2011

Dartmouth's Patton Earns 200th Career Win

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The 15th -anked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team took a 10-6 win at Vermont this afternoon to give head coach Amy Patton her 200th career coaching win.

Dartmouth (2-0) was led by rookie goalie Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) who made a staggering 15 saves.

Senior Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) led the Big Green offensively with four goals and one assist while Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) finished with three goals and three draw controls.

Vermont (0-3) outshot the Green, 29-20, and had 11 draws to Dartmouth's seven.

Patton becomes just the 21st coach in NCAA lacrosse to reach 200 wins and ranks 14th among active coaches, fourth among active coaches who have been at the Division I level their entire career.

It was a brutally cold day in Burlington with a game-time temperature of 27 degrees but 20 mph wind made it feel like 13. The wind wreaked havoc on midfield play, making draw controls a commodity in maintaining possession. By the end of the game the wind chill was at six degrees.

Vermont won the first two draws of the game and the result was a quick 2-0 lead for the Catamounts less than three minutes into the game with goals from Caitlyn Clark and Sydney Mas.

The Big Green won the next two draws and after taking its time on offense, Meyer connected on a pass from Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) to make it a 2-1 game at 24:51. She added her second goal of the game on a free position to tie it on the next possession, 2-2, two minutes later.

Dartmouth kept it up when junior Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) scored her first goal of the season, making a nice move after taking a feed from classmate Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.), up 3-2 at 20:45. The Catamounts tied it right back up however, winning possession and getting a goal from Marcie Marino to make it a 3-3 game with 18:40 to play. Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) answered back to regain the lead with a free position goal, up 4-3 with 14:38 to go.

Meyer got her third of the day thanks to a great play by Plumb, who came streaking across the eight meter arc and threw a pass on to move to Meyer in front of the goal who buried it for a 5-3 lead with 6:55 to play. Giovanniello made a great play to stop a free position shot by Vermont's Marino on the next possession, but bobbled the clear and Samantha Stern picked up the loose ball and easily potted one to cut it to 5-4 with 5:24 on the clock.

Collins got to work quickly in the second half, winning the opening draw and taking it straight to cage for a 6-4 lead just nine seconds in. She scored just seconds later on the next possession, ripping a shot off a feed from Meyer who was behind the cage. Dartmouth kept its foot on the gas and Plumb made it an 8-4 lead with 24:15 on the clock connecting on a pass from Parks.

Giovanniello did her part in the opening minutes of the half, making two saves on the Catamounts' first two shots before Adison Rounds got the better of her, converting a free position goal to make it 8-5 at 23:24. Vermont continued to get free position calls with its third and fourth consecutive free looks but Giovanniello stood strong to make saves against Megan MacDonald and Mas just seconds apart.

The rookie made two more tremendous plays as Vermont had back-to-back breakaway goals but she made one-on-one saves on both from point blank range to preserve the lead with 19 to go in the game.

The Catamounts slowed the Big Green's attack until it was Collins again striking on a free position goal to give Dartmouth a 9-5 lead with 15:25 to play. That got Dartmouth going again and Meyer quickly scored her fourth of the day for a 10-5 advantage with 14:12 to go.

Vermont finally got back on the board when Emma Kelly scored off a free position to cut the Dartmouth lead to 10-6 with 9:18 to play in the game. The Cats had success after that drawing fouls to keep possession of the ball. Plumb finally got the ball back and made her way out of traffic to get the ball onto attack with about five minutes to play. The Big Green held the ball for nearly the balance of the game to take the 10-6 final.

The Big Green heads to Yale for its Ivy opener this Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

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