Game 9 - Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 5 p.m.
No. 10/6 Dartmouth Big Green (7-1, 3-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 16/17 Cornell (7-2, 3-1 Ivy)
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. - Schoellkopf Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 28-5
First Meeting: April 27, 1980 - W, 18-3 (Home)
Last Meeting: April 9, 2011 - W, 13-7 (Home)
Streak: Dartmouth, 4-0
Last Dartmouth Win: Last Meeting
Game 10 - Monday, April 9, 2012 - 3 p.m.
No. 10/6 Dartmouth Big Green (7-1, 3-0 Ivy)* vs.
No. 2/2 Syracuse Orange (7-2, 2-0 BIG EAST)*
Location: Syracuse, N.Y. - Carrier Dome
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 8-5
First Meeting: May 6, 2000 - L, 18-9 (Away)
Last Meeting: April 4, 2011 - W, 10-7 (Home)
Streak: Dartmouth, 2-0
Last Dartmouth Win: Last Meeting
* - Records to change
HANOVER, N.H. - The best test for a team can sometimes come in unfamiliar territory; someplace that is out of the normal comfort level. That will be the case this weekend for the No. 10 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team.
The Big Green will take on two ranked opponents in a three-day span as they travel to central New York to take on No. 17 Cornell on Saturday and No. 2 Syracuse Monday.
Regardless of the outcomes, two tough games away from home in a short period of time will be good preparation down the line should Dartmouth advance to the Ivy League Tournament, which mimics this type of scheduling.
Dartmouth is riding a two-game win streak over Ivy League foes heading into the road weekend, most recently taking down Brown, 14-8, last Saturday in Providence.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green have had another week of rest to prepare for its upcoming opponents after last defeating Brown, 14-8, Saturday afternoon in Providence. The win pushed the team's record to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. Sophomore Liz Calby (Darien, Conn.) matched career highs with four goals and five points in the win and led the way as four players scored multiple times.
The Big Red will be pink Saturday when they play host to the Big Green as the team will hold its annual "Pink Game" to support breast cancer awareness. Cornell (7-2, 3-1 Ivy) had been at the top of the standings with Dartmouth to start the season, but an 11-10 loss to Penn on March 24 was its first Ivy loss of the season and knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten. That defeat was soon avenged with a 13-12 overtime win over Princeton in its next game. Jessi Steinberg leads the team in points (44), goals (31) and assists (13) this season. The Big Red have primarily used two goalkeepers in 2012 with Kyla Dambach getting a slight edge in playing time over Courtney Gallagher.
By the time Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) takes to the field Monday afternoon against Dartmouth, it will have played 10 games this season (It hosts Rutgers on Saturday afternoon). Of those 10 games, seven have come against teams ranked amongst the top 20 in the nation. A four-game stretch in late February through early March saw four straight opponents ranked in the top six, including top-ranked Northwestern (L, 11-9 - OT). Alyssa Murray leads the team in goals (27) and points (41), while her 14 assists rank second to just Michelle Tumolo's 15. Goalkeeper Alyssa Constantino is 7-1 this season with a goals-against average of 8.77 and a .514 save percentage.
The offensive output against the Bears last weekend was mainly driven by Calby's five-point effort. Matching her career high of four goals, she also assisted on another. Two goals in an early run were met with one more in the first half and a final tally late in the game as part of another scoring run by the Big Green.
Junior Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, N.Y.) continued her trend of goal scoring this season, adding three markers to her total at Brown. Bowers may rank third on the team with 14 this season, but she is the only player to score in all eight games in 2012.
With three goals in Providence, senior Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) moves to within seven points of 100 for her career. Sitting at 93 points (77g/16a), Goldberg could join teammate Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) as the second player on this year's team to reach the century mark in points.
TWO OH THREE
Five saves against the Bears helped sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) over 200 saves in her career. Entering the weekend with 203 for her career, Giovanniello has 69 this season through eight games after turning aside 134 as a freshman in 15 appearances.
TOP OF THE CHARTS
Giovanniello is currently the Ivy League leader in each goalkeeper statistical category, ranking first in save percentage (.519), goals-against average (8.09) and saves per game (8.62). Her 3.0 ground balls a game are second in the league to Cornell's Cacki Helmer (3.11).
Plumb continues to fill the stat sheets game in and game out. Against Brown, the senior midfielder scored twice and assisted on another, picked up three ground balls, had six draw controls and caused a turnover on a blocked passing attempt. Her 113 career draws rank third all-time at Dartmouth.
CONTROLLING THE DRAW
In all, the Big Green had 14 draw controls against the Bears with six coming from Plumb. The other eight were split among junior Courtney Bennett (Darien, Conn.) and senior Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) as each finished the afternoon with four apiece.
Dartmouth had nine caused turnovers from eight different players in Providence. The lone member of the team to force Brown into multiple turnovers was sophomore Bailey Johnson (Baltimore, Md.) as she had two in the game, setting a new career high.
AGAINST THESE TEAMS
Dartmouth has beaten Cornell in each of the last four meetings, including a 13-7 home win over the Big Red last year. The same winning ways hold true against the Orange as the Big Green have won each of the last two meetings and eight of 13 overall. Dartmouth took down Syracuse, 10-7, on April 4 last spring at Sculley-Fahey Field. All-time, Dartmouth is 2-4 at the Carrier Dome, but won its last game there two seasons ago, 17-10.
WHERE WE RANK
Another win last weekend helped the Big Green jump in both polls. The IWLCA has the team ranked 10th this week, up one spot from the last release. The Inside Lacrosse deBeers Media Poll bumped Dartmouth up from ninth a week ago to a tie for sixth with Notre Dame this week. The Irish lost Thursday night to Syracuse, 16-10, in South Bend.
Dartmouth's 18.38 fouls per game rank second to last in the Ivy League this season. Only Princeton's 16.44 per game are fewer.