HANOVER, N.H. – 14th-ranked Dartmouth got a 15-10 victory against Ivy rival No. 15 Princeton in a rainsoaked contest.
With the win, Dartmouth moves to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in Ivy play while Princeton, who recently knocked off No. 8 Penn, drops to 7-6 and 4-2 in league play. The win for Dartmouth, coupled with a Harvard (9-4, 5-1 Ivy) win against Columbia sets up a showdown for a share of the Ivy League Championship.
Penn (6-1 Ivy) has already clinched a share of the Ivy League title. Dartmouth and Harvard are tied in second place but will face each other next weekend with the winner earning a share of the crown with Penn and the second seed in the tournament. Princeton will automatically get the No. 4 seed as it has lost to both Dartmouth and Harvard.
The Big Green had yet another balanced scoring effort, with seven different players scoring goals and nine players recording a point. Sarah Parks led all scorers with four points (three goals, one assist) while Kirsten Goldberg also tallied three goals.
Kristen Giovanniello made seven saves in goal and had four groundballs while her counterpart, Erin Tochihara also made seven saves. Dartmouth held a 30-19 shot advantage and grabbed 22 ground balls to Princeton’s 13.
Dartmouth came out firing, jumping out to a 4-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game. Courtney Bennett started the game with a nice goal off a feed from Hana Bowers just 22 seconds into the contest. Bowers then got in on the scoring herself with an assist from Plumb at 28:19.
The Big Green’s next two goals came off free positions by Plumb and Greta Meyer to go up 4-0 with 25:43 remaining in the first half. Princeton capitalized on its first free position attempt of the day when Lizzy Drumm slipped one past Giovanniello to make it 4-1.
Dartmouth’s defense got to work. Kelsey Johnson forced a turnover, which led to a beautiful unassisted score by Kirsten Goldberg for a 5-1 lead with 17:51 to go. The Big Green kept pouring it on and led
6-1 with 15 minutes left in the half after a nifty goal by Liz Calby.
Dana Brisbane got the ball back for Dartmouth and the Big Green used the opportunity to take some time off the clock with a long possession. After recovering the ball and then turning it over, Princeton’s Tochihara made an amazing play to dive in front of the goal and save a shot when Plumb appeared to have an open goal. It was all for naught, however, when Meyer converted her second free position of the day after an ensuing scrum for a 7-1 lead.
Dartmouth increased its lead to 8-1 with Plumb’s second goal of the day before Princeton finally got back on the scoreboard when Caroline Franke battled through the defense for a goal at 3:54. The Big Green kept the pressure on, however, and back-to-back goals from Goldberg made it a 10-2 lead with just 31 seconds to play.
Drumm’s second goal of the half sent Princeton in trailing 10-3 at halftime.
Princeton came out much more composed in the second half and outscored the Big Green 3-1 in the first seven minutes to slice the lead to 11-6. Dartmouth got the lead back up to a more comfortable half dozen when Bennett beat Tochihara at 22:37 for the 12-6 advantage.
The teams continued to play back-and-forth lacrosse and each goalie had her share of solid plays. Giovanniello made a point-blank stop on Drumm at 18:32 and the Big Green pushed the ball in transition before Tochihara made an equally impressive save for the Tigers. That ultimately led to a free position for the Tigers on the other end and it was Drumm cutting the lead to 12-7.
The Big Green got its 13th goal of the day when Broghan Cully fed the ball to Parks for her second goal of the day with 15:03 to play. The Tigers quickly got it back, however, when Jaci Gassaway converted off a feed from Sarah Lloyd to make it a 13-8 game with 12:55 on the clock.
After killing some clock, Bowers made it a 14-8 lead with an assist from Parks with 6:54 to go. Princeton won the ensuing draw but Shannie MacKenzie turned the Tigers over and got the ball back into the attacking end, where Parks made Princeton pay, scoring off a feed from Meyer for a 15-8 lead.
Princeton’s Cassie Pyle scored two unanswered goals for the Tigers to keep things interesting, making it a 15-10 game with 3:30 to play, but Giovanniello made two more saves in the final three minutes to seal the win.