Balance leads Big Green in win
Three different players record hat trick for Dartmouth offense
HANOVER, N.H.-- For No. 19 Dartmouth's fifth win in a row, the Big Green again used a balanced offensive attack, this time defeating Cornell, 13-7.
Three different players recorded hat tricks for Dartmouth, including four goals from Kat Collins, three goals and an assist by Greta Meyer and a breakout day for Hana Bowers, with three goals and an assist. Dartmouth held a 30-18 shot advantage, including a 19-6 edge in the decisive first half, and won 14 draw controls to Cornell's eight.
The Big Green (8-2, 4-0) remains unbeaten in Ivy play, setting up a big Ivy showdown at Penn, who also stands at 4-0 in conference play, next Saturday in Philadelphia. Cornell, which was playing its fifth consecutive ranked opponent, dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in Ivy action.
Cornell actually got on the scoreboard first with an unassisted tally from Katie Kirk but Dartmouth responded when Bowers converted off a feed from Meyer, 1-1, 10 minutes into the game. The Big Red went back up, 2-1, after Kirk assisted on a Jessi Steinberg score, but Dartmouth stormed ahead with three unanswered goals.
Meyer tied the game with the assist from Courtney Bennett before Collins and Bowers each struck again, with Bowers converting on a great feed from Kirsten Goldberg to go up, 4-2, with 6:45 to play.
Cornell got one more goal in the first half from Caroline Salisbury before the Big Green rattled off four goals in the final five minutes of the half. Meyer started and ended the run that also included a free position goal from Collins with 12 seconds remaining in the half off a great look from Sarah Plumb. Collins soon made it a 9-3 game early in the second half before Cornell settled down.
With relatively stingy defense, the teams traded goals until Collins put the Green up 11-5 with 15:50 to play after three straight free position goals, two for Cornell and one from Bennett for the Big Green.
Kirk scored back-to-back goals to make it an 11-7 game with just under 10 minutes on the clock, but Dartmouth did a nice job gaining and maintaining possession down the stretch. Goldberg converted a free position at 5:27, allowing the Big Green to go 3-for-3 on the day. The Big Green won the ensuing draw and Sarah Parks made a nice pass from the left side to find Dana Brisbane for her first goal of the season with 4:25 on the clock.
Dartmouth gained possession on the restart and simply worked the ball around on attack, choosing not to shoot and running down the clock.
Kirk had three goals and an assist and Jessi Steinberg chipped in a goal and an assist for Cornell in the loss. Kelly Lang won four draw controls and earned four ground balls, both team highs.
Parks added a team-high four draw controls to her two point day while Bennett grabbed three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Collins recorded three caused turnovers as did Plumb and Hope McIntyre.
Dartmouth remains a perfect 5-0 at home this season and following the trip to Penn will play its last three regular-season games on Scully-Fahey Field.
Kristen Giovanniello made seven saves to Kyla Dambach's six for the Big Red.