No. 9 Dartmouth Picks Up Key Win at Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y. - The ninth-ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team won its ninth straight game, taking a 9-6 victory at Cornell this afternoon.

Dartmouth (9-1, 4-0) Ivy caught Cornell (3-7, 1-3 Ivy) fresh off a huge upset of then #17 Princeton, but avoided the same fate with a 5-0 run spanning both halves, effectively putting away the Big Red. It was the ninth straight win for the Big Green which remains unbeaten in Ivy play, setting up a huge matchup against the only other unbeaten, Penn (4-0 Ivy) next Saturday at Scully Fahey Field.

While the offense was not abundant for Dartmouth, it was, as always, balanced. Once again the Big Green had seven players record a point, with only 11 points on the day. Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) led the way with three goals while Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) scored two goals on two shots to move her perfect streak to four games. She has now scored 13 goals on her last 13 attempts, with a season shooting percentage of 88.9 percent.

Senior goalie Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) made seven saves and grabbed three ground balls. As a team, Dartmouth was outshot, 17-16, and had eight draw controls to Cornell's nine. Loose ball play went to Dartmouth, with 21 ground balls to Cornell's 14.

Dartmouth got the first three draws of the game and, fittingly, the first two goals, both scored by Goldberg. The first came just 1:05 into the game after she earned a free position and her second just 36 seconds later off a nice move in front of the cage. The Big Green actually put a third in the goal minutes later but was called for a crease violation.

With that turnover gained, Cornell worked a long offensive possession and it paid off when Lauren Halpern put the Big Red on the board to make it 2-1 at 25:47. Her team tied the game up after again working a patient offense when Jessi Steinberg converted a free position at 22:24.

Both teams continued to duke it out in midfield, but Dartmouth regained the upper-hand at 18:52. Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) had her free position attempt saved, but emerged from a scrum with the ground ball to earn another wide open FP, but she passed it to teammate Parks who converted for a 3-2 lead at 18:52. Cornell did well to respond, however, as Shannon McHugh got a free position past Wadland to tie it, 3-3, and Kyla Dambach stonewalled the Big Green's next shot attempt.

Junior defender Shanne MacKenzie (Greenwich, Conn.), who had three ground balls on the day, drew a charge on the next Cornell possession. However, a false start gave the ball and a free position back to Cornell and Steinberg gave the Big Red a 4-3 lead at 12:43. Cornell drew its fourth free position of the half at 10:35 but Wadland managed to stop it and get the ground ball.

Parks scored an impressive goal at when she went through the arc twice, mobbed by defenders, but powered a shot in to make it 4-4 at 7:52 despite the tight coverage, once again showing her remarkable finishing ability. Cornell won the ensuing draw but turned it over quickly and the Big Green burned some clock, maintaining possession for three full minutes, including three missed shots, before rookie Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) put Dartmouth back on top, 5-4, at 4:54.

Cornell won the next draw but Wadland made a nice save and Dana Brisbane (Locust Valley, N.Y.) caused a Big Red turnover, setting up another eventual score for Dartmouth when Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) put her team up 6-4 with 35 seconds to play.

Dartmouth started the second half just like the first, winning the draw and Goldberg taking it right to Cornell just 28 seconds in for an early 7-4 lead. After some back and forth play, the Big Green doubled up the Big Red with a goal by Plumb at 25:44, up 8-4. Though Cornell won the ensuing draw, Brisbane turned the Big Red over and pushed it upfield where Meyer fed the ball to Erin Massimi (Westwood, Mass.) for her first goal of the day and a 9-4 lead at 23:24.

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2010-04-10



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