No. 11 Dartmouth Picks Up an Ivy Road Win at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Five of the first seven games of the 2012 season came at home for the No. 11 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team, including a four-game stretch the first two weeks of March.

Saturday afternoon, the Big Green (7-1, 3-0 Ivy) proved that they could put on the same dominating performances on the road as they do at home with a 14-8 victory at Brown's Berylson Family Field.

The first Ivy League road game of the year started out like many of the team's recent contests with Dartmouth jumping out to an early lead and never looking back.

"We played a strong first half and moved the ball well," head coach Amy Patton said. "There was a bit of a lull to start the second half, but I was pleased with how we responded after our timeout. We began to control the draws and that was the turning point in holding off their run."

Sophomore Liz Calby (Westwood, Mass.) bookended a 4-0 run over 2:54 of play in the opening minutes of the first half with herninth and tenth goals of the season. In between, seniors Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) and Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) each scored their first markers of the afternoon.

Calby would go on to match her career highs of four goals and five points on this afternoon. Goldberg and junior Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) both finished the game with threegoals apiece.

"We really got a complete 60 minutes out of Liz today," Patton said following the victory. "That was one of the best games I've seen her play in her time here. The same could also be said about Hanna today."

Bowers is the only Dartmouth player to have a point in each game this season, as she has now scored a goal in all eight contests of 2012.

Plumb would go on to score once more and assist on Calby's third of the afternoon for three points. However, like most games this season, Plumb's contributions were more than just based around her offensive abilities. The senior midfielder also had six draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover.

The loss snapped the Bears' (5-4, 1-2 Ivy) three-game win streak that saw them average 17 goals per contest in that time. On this day, though, their offense was contained by a strong Dartmouth defense that forced nine and led to 17 turnovers and held Brown to just 8 of 16 on clear attempts.

"Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) and Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.) were great back there for us today. Kelsey was very good one-on-one defending and Georgia did a good job when matched up defensively with their top player," Patton added.

When the home team was finally able to get something set up in the offensive zone, it was then faced with the task of trying to beat sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.). The Big Green keeper finished the afternoon with five saves and allowed just eight goals. Bears' goalie Kellie Roddy had six saves and allowed 14 in the loss.

Dartmouth held a slight advantage in shots (22-21), while also leading in draw controls (14-10) andcaused turnovers (9-8).

The win was the first on the road for the Big Green since opening the season with a 13-7 win in Durham over UNH on Feb. 25.

Dartmouth remains on the road next weekend for two games in Central New York as its takes on Ivy foe Cornell in Ithaca on Saturday, April 7, before a meeting with No. 2 Syracuse Monday, April 9.


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