March 7, 2012

First-Half Outburst Leads Dartmouth Past BU

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. - The No. 16 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team avenged a two-goal loss to Boston University from a season ago with a 13-6 victory over the Terriers Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.

Once again senior Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) dominated for the Big Green who improve to 3-0 this season. Plumb scored four times and assisted on another for five points on the afternoon. The senior attacker now has at least five points in each of the team's first three games in 2012, as she leads Dartmouth in both goals (13) and points (16) in the early stages of the season.

Plumb also had a Dartmouth-record nine draw controls in the game, one off the Ivy League mark of 10 in a game set by Princeton's Abigail Gutstein in 1995.

An early offensive outburst saw Dartmouth jump out to a 10-3 lead at the half over the Terriers (1-3). Plumb and sophomore Lindsey Allard (Cohasset, Mass.) each scored twice in the opening period, while six others also found the back of the net in the first 30 minutes of action.

"We wanted to put BU on its heels right away," head coach Amy Patton said. "Our focus this game was to have a majority of our goals be assisted since they play such good one-on-one defense. We knew we would have to move the ball and create our offense around passes, which is what I think we did today.

"It was nice to move the ball so well and to see that at halftime the scoring was so spread out with a lot of players scoring points," Patton continued.

Midway through the period, Dartmouth held a commanding 9-1 lead.

Included in the Big Green's eight different goal scorers in the opening half was freshman Frances Bird (Summit, N.J.), whose goal 3:57 into the game gave Dartmouth a 3-0 and marked the first of her collegiate career.

Exactly 13 minutes came off the clock to start the second half before Dartmouth finally added to its goal total. Nice work from Allard and Plumb around the net allowed the younger Bird sister to move inside the eight-meter arc almost untouched by any BU defender. Allard found the freshman midfielder at the top of the circle for the quick shot under the crossbar for her second goal of the afternoon.

Plumb followed with her third of the game just 36 seconds later, the first of two in the second half. That third goal was one of three on the free-position shot (3-of-3) for the senior co-captain.

Each team scored three times in a second half that featured far more structured plays than the wide-open style of the opening period.

One of the main reasons the second half was more defensive than first was the play of sophomore goaltender Kristen Giovanniello(Old Brookville, N.Y.). The second-year Dartmouth keeper stopped a season-best nine shots, while allowing a season-low six goals to the Terriers.

On the other side, Christina Sheridan was bombarded by the Big Green offensive in the BU circle. She stopped 11 shots, but allowed 13 in the loss, her third of the season.

Held off the scoresheet in the last game against Yale (a contest that followed a five-goal game in the opener at UNH), senior Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) responded with a four-point day against the Terriers. Goldberg scored once and assisted on goals from junior Courtney Bennett (Dairen, Conn.), Allard and Plumb.

Bennett opened the afternoon tilt with the first goal 3:21 into the game, a marker that sparked a 3-0 run in the next 36 seconds with Goldberg and Bird also chipping in.

Bird finished the afternoon with the two goals, while adding a ground ball and a caused turnover. Allard also had two markers and an assist for three points on the day.

For the game, Dartmouth was 5-for-7 with the free-position shot, something that had not gone well in the first two games (2-9). The Big Green outshot the Terriers, 33-23, and also held a distinct advantage in draw controls, 14-6.

BU was called for 33 fouls in the game, including 21in the first half alone. Dartmouth, on the other hand, was whistled just 17 times.

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