April 2, 2011

Meyer Hits Mark as Dartmouth Rocks Brown

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. - The 18th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team used a balanced attack featuring nine different goal scorers to take a 17-5 win over Brown in Ivy play this afternoon.

Senior Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) recorded her 100th career goal in the win, becoming the second Dartmouth player to do so this season.

Dartmouth improves to 6-2 and a perfect 3-0 in Ivy play while Brown falls to 5-4, 1-2 Ivy. The Big Green held a commanding advantage in shots, 39-21 as well as ground balls, 21-11. Draw controls proved critical as well, with Dartmouth grabbing 16 to Brown's eight.

The game was tied 22 with 16:16 to go in the first half before Dartmouth rattled off a 6-0 run during a 10 minute span and eventually went up 11-4 at the half to put the Bears away early.

Sophomore Courtney Bennett (Darien, Conn.) opened the game with back-to-back free position goals for a 2-0 Dartmouth lead just 1:35 into the contest. Brown's Paris Waterman answered back, however, with two goals of her own to make it a tie game. The Big Green got to work then, going on a 6-0 run with goals from five different players. Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) and Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) each scored unassisted goals to make it a 4-2 game before Goldberg fed the ball to rookie Liz Calby (Darien, Conn.) who potted one from close range at 12:09.

Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) got in on the action with a score off a nice look from senior Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) before Meyer assisted on a Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) tally two minutes later. Calby connected on a pass form her former high school teammate Bennett to put the Green up 8-2 with 4:19 on the clock.

The Bears responded with two free position goals just 38 seconds apart to make it an 8-4 game with 2:17 to play but Dartmouth put its foot right back on the gas, scoring three free position goals of its own in the final 1:45 of the first. Meyer converted her 100th career goal to start things off before Plumb and Goldberg each scored to make it an 11-4 Dartmouth lead at halftime.

Dartmouth extended its run to 9-0 over the two halves, scoring six unanswered goals in the second. Plumb started things off making good on a slick pass from Collins for a 12-4 advantage at 26:48. Sophomore Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) made a nice defensive play to cause a Brown turnover and brought the ball into the attacking end where she was fouled. She then converted a free position for her first career goal, hammering home that it was truly Dartmouth's day.

Goldberg scored her third of the day before Collins, Dartmouth's leading scorer, got her first on a day when she shined without putting up huge point totals, taking double teams that freed up her teammates. Parks and Bennett each got one more to put Dartmouth up 17-4 with 10:33 left in the contest. Brown finally got one more on the board when Julia Keller scored off a pass from Kaela McGilloway at 6:04.

McGilloway came into game as Brown's leading scorer with 28 points on the season but was held to just that one assist thanks to a stellar defensive effort by Shannie MacKenzie (Riverside, Conn.).

Bennett, Goldberg and Plumb each tallied three goals and an assist, while Bennett and Plumb grabbed three draw controls each.

Dartmouth has a quick turnaround before an exciting test this Monday when the Big Green hosts #14 Syracuse at 3 p.m. on Scully-Fahey Field.

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