Dartmouth 7-1 run helps knock off SU
Giovanniello increases save percentage to 54.4, best in nation
HANOVER, N.H. -- After a 5-3 first-half deficit, 19th-ranked Dartmouth went on a 7-1 run, using stifling defense and patient offense on the way to a 10-7 win against No. 13 Syracuse.
Freshman goalie Kristen Giovanniello, who came into the game leading the nation in save percentage at 53.9 percent, led Dartmouth's defense with 10 saves and improved her save percentage to 54.4. She also collected three ground balls.
Dartmouth improves to 7-2 (3-0 Ivy) with its fourth consecutive victory while Syracuse drops to 3-6 (1-0 Big East). The two teams ran neck-and-neck in the statistical categories. Syracuse held a 26-21 shot advantage, and Dartmouth grabbed 20 ground balls to Syracuse's 19. The Orange had 10 draw controls to nine for the Green.
Offensively, it was yet another balanced day for the Big Green. Six different players scored a goal as Dartmouth was led by three goals and five assists from junior Sarah Plumb and three goals from classmate Kirsten Goldberg, who grabbed a team-high four ground balls.
Senior Catherine Rodriguez and freshman Alyssa Murray each scored a pair of goals for the Orange, while sophomore Michelle Tumolo had a goal and an assist.
Although the Orange were without starters Lindsay Rogers and Tee Ladouceur because of injury, Syracuse took an early lead on Rodriguez’s free position goal at the 28:29 mark. Dartmouth goals by Plumb, off a perfectly-timed feed from Liz Calby behind the cage, and Sarah Parks gave the Big Green a 2-1 lead. Rodriguez then tied it at 2-2 with her second goal of the game and 10th of the season, but Courtney Bennett scored on a free position attempt minutes later to give the Big Green a 3-2 lead.
Syracuse stormed back with three unanswered goals from Murray, Tumolo and Lindsay Connell to go ahead 5-3 with 11:01 to play in the half. Dartmouth struggled to get possession in the balance of the period, but the defense played tough to keep it a two-goal lead into halftime.
Dartmouth came out on fire in the second half with Goldberg quickly tying the game at 5-5 with 26:39 on the clock. Her second goal came after she caused a turnover on the defensive end and brought the ball into the attack. Senior Abigail Holden made sure to reward that effort by finding her in front of the cage for the score.
But the Orange would not lie down. Sarah Holden converted a free position to put her team back up, 6-5, with 25:00 on the clock. Dartmouth was not rattled, however. The Big Green scored five unanswered goals from four different players to build a 10-6 lead. Plumb was in on much of that run, first providing an assist on a Greta Meyer tally at 22:25. Dartmouth then scored three straight free position goals--two from Plumb and another from Collins-- for the 9-6 lead at 14:50. Plumb assisted Goldberg's third tally of the day to give the Big Green all the cushion it would need, a 10-6 lead with 8:29 remaining.
Dartmouth's defense rallied throughout the final eight minutes of the half, consistently turning the Orange over to allow the offense to drain time off the clock. Murray got one more for Syracuse with 1:31 to play, but Collins grabbed the ensuing draw control to allow her team to ride out the game.
Giovanniello got the best of her counterpart, senior Liz Hogan, the 2010 IWLCA National Goalkeeper of the Year, as did the Dartmouth attack. Hogan finished with six saves on the day and the Big Green was 4-of-4 on free position attempts.
This match marked Syracuse's sixth consecutive road game, the most in school history.