Dartmouth Upsets No. 9 Penn to Claim the Ivy Championship

That's when the game changed.

The Big Green finally got on the board with 1:38 remaining in the opening half as senior Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) made it a two-goal game with her third of the weekend. That tally snapped Dartmouth's stretch of 50:03 without a goal dating back to Friday's semifinal with Cornell.

What followed was five more Big Green goals, unanswered by the home team and top seed to pull away, demonstrating an ability to hold high-powered offenses in check for long periods of time as well.

Sophomore Lindsey Allard (Baltimore, Md.) opened the half with a marker nearly seven minutes in. Goldberg's second of the day came soon thereafter, opening the flood gates that saw senior Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) and junior Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) add one and two goals, respectively.

Those five goals came in a span of 12:06 to give the visitors a comfortable lead considering the way its defense was playing.

By the time the Quakers' offense was able to get anything going it was too late, scoring the final marker of the day 43:48 after taking the 3-0 lead.

All-Ivy Tournament selections Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) and Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.) anchored the Big Green defense that held Penn to its fewest goals in a game all season and the lowest total since a loss to No. 1 Maryland last season.

If the Quakers were able to get anything through that defense, they were met by Giovanniello in net. The Dartmouth keeper shut down Penn for nearly three-quarters of the game, playing with a determination that led to crucial second-half saves as her team took the lead and the Quakers tried to match.

Plumb, Bowers and Goldberg joined Bird, Johnson and Giovanniello on the all-tournament team for solid play over the course of the weekend.

The comeback win on Penn's home field marked the first time that the Big Green won in Philadelphia since April 16, 2005 when they knocked off the Quakers, 10-8, making Sunday's win for the program and the senior class even more special.

Dartmouth will find out what team it plays in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night as the selection show is set for 9:00 p.m.

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2012-05-06



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