Byrne Helps Dartmouth to Win over UConn in Home Opener

HANOVER, N.H. Junior Sarah Byrne fought through the cold and snow flurries to record career highs of six goals and eight points as Dartmouth defeated Connecticut, 14-11, Wednesday afternoon in the 2014 home opener at Scully-Fahey Field.

The Big Green improve to 2-0 on the season with the win, while the Huskies dropped to 1-2 in suffering the loss in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

"This game couldn't have been better for us in many ways," head coach Amy Patton said. "Obviously there are parts of it when we didn't execute as well as we would like, but what we gained from those times is great and makes us better.

"I'm pleased with what we've done in the first two games in regards to situations. Both were very different in terms how we started each, but we've been able to make the right adjustments. There have been some mistakes made out there, but we're not only letting them go, we're also learning from them," Patton continued.

Senior Liz Calby also contributed a great deal on the scoresheet, finishing the day with four goals and five points for the second straight outing to start the season.

It wasn't just a dominant offense at one end of the field that was the difference in the win over the Huskies. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello was outstanding, turning aside 10 shots, including several point-blank opportunities for UConn just outside the circle.

Big Green defenders were daunting all afternoon, forcing seven turnovers in the game, led by Danielle Lisovicz's three.

"I think playing in the games almost seems easier when you practice against a great defensive unit like we have here," Byrne said. "We've been pushed so much by our defense every day that it really helps us be prepared for games like today."

Senior Lindsey Allard scored two goals and had three points, while Jaclyn Leto chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Byrne had a career day all over the field. Not only were her six goals, two assists and eight points all new career bests, her seven draw controls were one better than her previous high of six set in the opener at UNH last Saturday.

Overall, Dartmouth was 4 for 7 on the free-position, while UConn managed just one goal on eight attempts from the eight-meter arc. The home team also held an advantage in draw controls (16-11) and shots (33-27).

The Big Green will remain at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday as they play host to Yale at noon in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

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HANOVER, N.H. University of Connecticut midfielders Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.), Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) each scored two goals in a losing effort for the Huskies, who fell to Dartmouth, 14-11, Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. UConn drops to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

The Huskies built a quick two-goal lead early in the game, as Finkelston netted her sixth goal of the season less than one minute into the game, and junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.) added another score three minutes later. Smith's goal was the first for her this season.

The Big Green responded though, scoring the next four goals to build a 4-2 lead with just over 20 minutes remaining in the first half. Dartmouth attacker Sarah Byrne, who had a game-high six scores, provided three of the goals during that stretch. Her fifth goal of the half gave the Big Green its biggest lead of the game, as they went up 8-4 with less than eight minutes to go in the half.

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