Dartmouth Falls at Home in Hard-Fought Loss to Albany

HANOVER, N.H. In a back-and-forth affair Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field, host Dartmouth was unable to hold off a strong-willed group from Albany, falling, 13-7.

The unbeaten Grant Danes (4-0) overcame an early lead by the Big Green (3-2) to win just the third all-time meeting in the series between the two programs and the first since the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Though the visitors seemed to play with the lead for a majority of the match-up, the fight and dogged determination by the home team to claw back into the game on numerous occasions was on full display.

"I was so proud of this team and the way they played given the circumstances of the last 24 hours," head coach Amy Patton said. "We showed up and fought the whole game, demonstrating the character of everyone on this team.

"I thought our defense played well on the whole given how much Albany possessed the ball. The turning point in the game was the three-goal run midway through the second half, but outside of that small portion, we were right there with them," Patton continued.

Leading the way in the Green's comeback bid all afternoon was sophomore Jaclyn Leto, who finished with a team-high three goals in the game, matching her season-best output.

Liz Calby returned after missing Wednesday's contest with Boston University due to illness and registered a goal and Dartmouth's lone assist against Albany. Starters Christine Lushefski and Sarah Byrne each had a marker in the game as well.

Byrne's tally was the 50th point of her career.

Coming off the bench, sophomore Hannah Saris notched the first goal and point of her career 3:55 into the second half. Saris collected a loose ball after a free-position save by Great Danes goalkeeper Anna Berman and buried the rebound shot inside the far left post.

Leto and Calby scored two quick goals a third of the way into the second half to tie things up at 7-7. However, Albany used a 6-0 run over the final 17:54 to put the game away and earn the 13-7 victory.

Dartmouth senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello stopped 10 shots, pushing her career total to 443, just eight shy of moving her into third place in program history. At the other end, Berman finished the contest with seven saves.

The Green and White concluded their early-season four-game homestand with a 2-2 record.

The Big Green will have a bit of a break as their next game isn't until March 18 when they travel to Gainesville for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with the Florida Gators, a team currently ranked fifth in both national polls.

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ALBANY, N.Y. University at Albany (4-0) earned its fourth-straight win on Saturday at Dartmouth (3-2). Two-time America East Co-Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Bowles had four goals and one assist in the victory. Senior Allie Phelan also notched four goals.

The Great Danes got down 2-0 early after Jaclyn Leto scored one minute into the game and again on a free position shot.

UAlbany responded by scoring four-straight goals, one apiece from Bowles, Nichole Eamer, Allie Phelan and Katherine Sweeney.

After the Big Green scored with 12 minutes left in the first half, Phelan scored two-straight to keep Dartmouth at bay, 6-3. John Battaglino's squad ended the first half with a 6-4 edge.

The Big Green scored twice to tie the game at seven with 18 minutes left, but Bowles and Phelan combined for three unassisted goals to extend the lead back to three goals. UAlbany wrapped up scoring with goals from Ariana Parker, Bowles and Maureen Keggins.

Bowles has now scored in eight of her last nine games dating back to last season.

Anna Berman made seven saves in the cage for UAlbany. Christine Johnson led the Purple & Gold with four draw controls.

The Great Danes continue the 2014 season at home next weekend against St. Bonaventure on Friday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m., and Cornell on Sunday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-08



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