No. 9 Penn Spoils Dartmouth Senior Day in Defensive Battle

HANOVER, N.H. A defensive battle between Dartmouth and visiting No. 9 Penn was the overarching theme of Saturday's Ivy League match-up at Scully-Fahey Field.

When it was all over, the Quakers had made just a few more plays and stops, which made the difference in a 10-6 loss for the Big Green. Penn maintains its spot atop the Ivy standings with a 3-0 record and a 7-3 mark overall. Dartmouth drops to 2-3 in Ancient Eight contests and 5-6 overall.

"The difference today was Penn playing the first 30 minutes of the game, while we didn't," head coach Amy Patton said. "The turnovers really jumped out at me and you can't beat a top-team like that one when you make mistakes.

"I thought our defense played well, but we didn't help them at the other end against another strong defensive team," Patton continued.

Penn held a 6-1 lead at halftime with Jaclyn Leto scoring the lone goal of the opening stanza for the home team.

The Big Green outscored their opponent, 5-4, in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the advantage the Quakers had built early on as they took the four-goal road win.

Leto would add another marker in the second half, while Sarah Byrne, Courtney Weisse, Liz Calby and Ingrid Hermanson all added one of their own as the Green and White battled to get back in the contest.

Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello became just the third player in program history to reach the 500-save milestone for her career. She entered the game with 493 and added another 10 to that total after 60 minutes of play against Penn.

Seven of those saves came in the second half as Giovanniello did her part in making a Dartmouth comeback bid possible.

At the other end of the field, Lucy Ferguson saw just 10 shots come her way, turning aside four, while allowing six in the winning effort. Nina Corcoran and Lindsey Smith led the visitors offensively as each had three goals, while Smith added an assist for a game-high four points.

Following the game, seven members of the senior class were honored for their dedication to the program over the course of four years. Calby, Giovanniello, Lindsey Allard, Bailey Johnson, Kara Lehman and Anjalie Christie as well as student manager Kyleigh Williams were recognized as part of the team's annual Senior Day.

The team is back in action on Monday against Hofstra in the final regular season home game of 2014. The Big Green and Pride will meet up for the first time ever at Scully-Fahey at 3:00 p.m.


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