Top teams take a tumble
Notes: TCNJ completes undefeated regular season
The top two teams in last week’s IWLCA Division I poll got an “old school” beating on Sunday, as Maryland and Florida got more than they bargained for when they head north to take on a pair of opponents from the Ivy League.
The big news came from Hanover, N.H., as No. 1 Maryland had its 22-game winning streak snapped in double-overtime by No. 14 Dartmouth, 9-8. Meanwhile, the No. 2 Gators were stunned in Ithaca, N.Y., falling 9-6 to Cornell on the Big Red’s Senior Day.
Maryland battled back from a 5-2 halftime deficit to force overtime by outscoring the Big Green 6-3 in the second half, with senior attacker Sarah Mollison leading the Terps with a pair of goals. Dartmouth senior attacker Kat Collins, however, scored two of her four goals in the second stanza to help the Big Green stay close, and after Mollison’s second goal put the reigning NCAA Champions up 8-7 with 12:22 remaining, sophomore attacker Hana Bowers scored with 4:44 remaining to force overtime, where junior attacker Sarah Parks completed her hat trick with eight seconds left in the second overtime, lifting the Big Green to a 9-8 win and handing the defending champs their first loss of the season. Parks was named the WomensLax.com National Offensive Player of the Week for her performance, while freshman goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and the WomensLacrosse.com National Defensive Player of the Week for her 11-save effort against the Terrapins and her 13 saves in a win over Harvard on Friday. The honors continued to roll in on Tuesday, as Collins was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and Giovanniello the Rookie of the Year.
As the Big Green was dropping the No. 1 team in the nation, the Big Red was taking care of No. 2. Junior attacker Jessi Steinberg and sophomore attacker Caroline Salisbury scored three goals each, and had two apiece during an opening half that saw Cornell outscore the Gators, 6-2. Junior goalkeeper Kyla Dambach stopped eight of the 14 shots she faced, including five in the first half where the Big Red did so much of its damage.
Cornell will be unable to build on its momentum from the win over the Gators, as the Big Red finished fifth in the Ivy League standings and failed to qualify for the conference tournament, which begins on Friday afternoon. The No. 10 Big Green, on the other hand, clinched a tie with No. 7 Penn for the regular-season Ivy title on Friday with a 14-7 win over Harvard, and will face the Crimson again on Friday in the conference semifinals. The winner of that game will play Penn or No. 14 Princeton on Sunday for the Ivy League Championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Need to know
• More than the Northeast-10 Championship could be on the line in this week’s conference tournament, as the NE-10 winner will likely be the top seed at the NCAA Division II Championship on May 21 and 22. Top seeds Adelphi and LeMoyne are also the top two teams in the IWLCA Division II poll, and would meet in Sunday’s conference title game if victorious in their NE-10 semifinal games on Saturday. NE-10 Player of the Year Claire Petersen and the Panthers will take on either New Haven or Merrimack, while the Dolphins await either Stonehill or Southern New Hampshire in the second semifinal. The two quarterfinal games will be played on Wednesday.
• The College of New Jersey defeated Stevens Institute of Technology on Thursday to complete an undefeated regular season. Junior midfielder Leigh Mitchell handed out five assists to add onto her Lions single-season assist record, while classmate Kathleen Notos scored six goals and senior Ali Jaeger scored four goals to lead the Lions’ explosive offense. The Lions are idle this week as they prepare for the NCAA Division III tournament, and will learn the identity of their first-round opponent on Monday, May 8.
• Albany got all it wanted from Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday as the Great Danes looked to close out an undefeated regular season, but the Great Danes buckled down and got the job done, holding off the hard-charging Retrievers, 12-11. Taylor Frink had a goal and five assists to lead all scorers, while Rachel Burek, Ariana Parker and Jodi Battaglia took care of the business of putting the ball in the net, finishing with three goals apiece. Parker’s goal with 9:05 remaining proved to be the game-winner, as Erika Braerman scored with 5:37 to pull the Retrievers back within a single goal, but they could come no closer.
• Syracuse swept the Big East’s final Player of the Week awards, as seniors Tee Ladouceur and Liz Hogan were named the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Ladouceur scored a total of 15 points, including six goals, in wins over Loyola, Villanova and Cincinnati, while Hogan made six saves against the Greyhounds, 10 against the Wildcats and 12 against the Bearcats.
• Hamilton freshman goalkeeper Dewi Caswell has been named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week after backstopping the No. 3 Continentals to a pair of road wins. Caswell made eight saves in a 13-7 win at Skidmore on Friday, then stopped nine more in a 14-6 win over Union the next day.
• No. 4 Lock Haven avenged one of its two losses on the season to win the PSAC tournament championship on Saturday, defeating No. 6 West Chester, 10-9. Senior Allison Berger scored two goals and assisted on two more en route to tournament MVP honors.
• Bowdoin sophomore goalkeeper Tara Connolly was named the NESCAC Player of the Week. Connolly made a total of 16 saves in a 3-0 week for the No. 9 Polar Bears, culminating in a six-save effort to backstop Bowdoin to a 5-3 win over Amherst in the NESCAC quarterfinals.