Dartmouth Knocks off No. 19 Boston College in First Round

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sophomore Covie Stanwick scored a game-high five goals, but Boston College fell to Dartmouth, 11-8, in the first round of the NCAA Championship at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Big Green (11-7) advance to play host and No. 4-seed Syracuse on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. while the season ends for the Eagles (12-8) in their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Stanwick scored five or more goals in a game for the fourth time this season. Junior Moira Barry, sophomore Mikaela Rix, and freshman Sarah Mannelly each scored a goal, and freshman Kate Rich posted an assist.

After Dartmouth scored the game's opening goal, Barry put the Eagles on the board, collecting a rebound and firing a shot past the goalie just under three minutes into the contest. Stanwick gave BC a 2-1 lead, connecting on a free position shot with 19:57 left in the half. The Big Green then went on a 4-0 run to gain a 5-2 edge with 13:41 to play in the opening period.

Rix stopped the run with a goal off an eight-meter shot, but Dartmouth responded with two more goals to stake a 7-3 advantage with just over five minutes left in the half. The Eagles scored the half's last two goals to pull within 7-5 at the break. Mannelly scored the first goal attacking from straight on before Stanwick wrapped around the crease to her left for her second goal of the game.

The Big Green tallied the second half's first two goals, but the Eagles answered with two goals of their own to pull within 9-7 with 22:08 to play. Stanwick scored both goals, her third and fourth of the game. She scored the first wrapping around the goal to her right and made the second after receiving a pass in front of the net from Rich.

Dartmouth scored twice more before Stanwick scored her fifth goal of the game, second off a free position shot, to bring BC within 11-8 with 12:56 remaining. Neither of the teams scored for the duration of the game.

Game Notes: BC played 20 games in a season for the first time in program history ... Covie Stanwick finished the year with 65 goals ... senior Ali Meagher completed her career with 69 games played ... BC fell to 0-19 all-time against Dartmouth and 0-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The threat of inclement weather moved up the start time from 4:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., but that did little to mess with the game-day routine of Dartmouth, as it took on No. 19 Boston College in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon.

When the final horn sounded at the SU Soccer Stadium, the sky was clear, the sun was out and the Big Green had punched their ticket to a second round with an 11-8 victory. For Dartmouth, the win sets up a meeting with the hosts and fourth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

A mixture of youth and experience proved to be the right combination for the Big Green on this day as freshman Jaclyn Leto and sophomore Sarah Byrne posted career highs with four goals each and junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello turned aside a season-high 12 Boston College shots in the game.

“Our defense played stellar today and Kristen (Giovanniello) had a phenomenal game, her best of the year,” head coach Amy Patton said after the win. “We have to be better on the draws, but when we had it on attack we were getting really good looks at goals and were finishing.

“The difference for Sunday, and moving forward, is we have to be cleaner with our turnovers and do a better job on the draw.”

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