April 7, 2012

Goldberg Leads No. 10 Dartmouth Past No. 16 Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. -  Five goals and six points from senior Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) and a fast start to the second half helped the No. 10 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team to a 12-10 Ivy League road win over No. 16 Cornell Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.

The six points move Goldberg to within one of 100 for her career as she now has 99 on 82 goals and 17 assists.

The victory was the third in a row for the Big Green, who remain perfect in Ivy play at 4-0 with the road win. Dartmouth also knocked off Brown on the road last Saturday, 14-8.

Tied at halftime for the first time all season, Dartmouth (8-1, 4-0 Ivy) came out and broke open the game with seven of the first eight goals in the second half to build a lead they would never relinquish.

"I thought we played a mediocre first half," head coach Amy Patton said following the win. "We made some mental errors that led to their scores and we weren't making them earn those goals.

"To get out with a tie the way we were playing was good for us," Patton continued. "We needed to come out and attack them in the second half and I thought we did that. The first 15 minutes we attacked them all over the field and it led to some good things."

Cornell (7-3, 3-2 Ivy) scored the final four goals of the game, but were only able to pull to within two as Dartmouth's offensive outburst to start the frame was too much to overcome.

Hana Bowers (Old Brookville, N.Y.) continued her trend of scoring in every game this season as she netted her 15th of the year as part of that early second-half scoring explosion. Sophomore Lindsey Allard (Cohasset, Mass.) scored twice and assisted on another goal in the victory.

Seniors Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) combined to record 13 draw controls with Smith leading the way as she matched her career high of seven. Plumb's six draws move her to within six of second place all-time at Dartmouth as she now as 119.

"Hilary was huge today for us with those draws," Patton remarked. "Even though Sarah didn't contribute offensively in an offensive like we are used to seeing from her, she had those big draw controls all afternoon."

Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) stopped 10 shots from the Big Red offense that ranked as the best in the Ivy League coming into the game, averaging nearly 15 goals per contest.

"Kristen, I thought, had some big saves at key times. Those were tough saves that she was faced with making at times we really needed her," the Big Green head coach said.

But the strong defensive effort was not just relegated to the goalkeeper as players like Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.), Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.) and Bailey Johnson (Baltimore, Md.) all helped to hold the top-ranked offensive unit in the Ivy League to nearly five goals below its per game average.

The conference's top offensive player in Cornell's Jessi Steinberg was held in check all afternoon by that defensive unit, scoring just twice and finishing with four points.

The Big Green will continue their road trip Monday afternoon as they take on No. 2 Syracuse inside the Carrier Dome at 3 p.m.

"Cornell is one of the best teams we've played this season. They were fast and fit and they moved the ball well in attack," Patton said. "For us, I think we got better today in playing them. It's a long trip here and for us to win on their home field I think it showed a lot of grit and character."

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