#13 Dartmouth Holds on to Nip #20 Cornell in Ivy Semifinals

The got off to a rough beginning for Cornell as Dartmouth won the first three draws and took a 3-0 lead on goals by Courtney Bennett, Sarah Plumb and Kirsten Goldberg just seven minutes in. That forced the Big Red to call a timeout, but Dartmouth still won the next draw and took a 4-0 lead less than a minute later.

"Dartmouth definitely took the field and definitely took it to us right away," Graap said. "I think it was important to settle our defense down. ... We just weren't sharp, and the early timeout got us settled, and we were able to rebound a bit more."

Cornell finally showed offensive life after the next draw, which was controlled by senior captain Katie Kirk. The ball eventually made it down to Amanda D'Amico on the left side of the fan, and she rolled toward the net and scored to make it 4-1 Dartmouth.

Two more Dartmouth goals, though, made it 6-1 in favor of the Big Green. Caroline Salisbury sprinted into the fan from the right side when Cornell got possession next, and she beat Dartmouth goalie Kristen Giovanniello far side to make it 6-2.

The Big Red got another goal to make Dartmouth's lead 6-3 off the stick of D'Amico, and the Big Green called a timeout. Their timeout didn't help, either, as freshman Lindsay Toppe made it 6-4 when she came from behind the net, wrapped around and scored.

Cornell's defense had a great end to the half as well, surviving a man advantage for the Big Green when Salisbury took a yellow card with 5:40 remaining. Cornell also had the last shot of the half, but Salisbury's attempt on net was saved by Giovanniello.

Things continued to go the Big Red's way early in the second half as Sarah Hefner converted after a long possession. Taking a pass in the center of the fan from Steinberg, Hefner's goal made it a 4-0 Cornell run and a 6-5 Dartmouth lead.

The Big Green finally ended the Big Red's run with a goal by Hana Bowers. It was the team's first goal in nearly 20 minutes, and they followed it up with another three minutes later to retake a three-goal lead. Cornell's Cacki Helmer then had to sit with a yellow card, and the Big Green's lead ballooned to four on a man-up goal.

Cornell cut the lead to 9-6 as Lauren Halpern got a free position goal with 16 minutes remaining, but that started a 10-minute period with no scoring for either side. Salisbury got her second goal on a free position shot with 6:36 left on the clock to make it a 9-7 Dartmouth lead, and the last six minutes of the game saw a frantic comeback attempt by the Big Red that culminated with another Salisbury free position goal and the failed shot attempt as time expired.

During the course of the game, Kirk earned her 100th career draw control and her 90th career ground ball. Salisbury's final goal was her 60th.

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2012-05-04



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