#8 Dartmouth Downs #9 BU, 9-4, in First Round

HANOVER, N.H. -- Senior Annie Leibovitz (Boulder, Colo.) scored three goals as the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team defeated Boston University, 9-4, in Sunday's NCAA first round contest at Scully-Fahey Field.

The victory pushed the Big Green to a second-round showdown with Princeton, who stunned No. 2 Virginia with an 8-7 win. That game will be played at Dartmouth on Saturday, May 20.

Leibovitz scored twice in the opening half when Dartmouth used a six-goal run to recover from an early 2-0 deficit. That gave the Big Green a 6-2 lead at the break.

"I'm very proud of this team," said Dartmouth coach Amy Patton who has now led her Big Green teams past the first round eight times since 1995. "I thought we started the game off slow, a little unsure of our sticks, and I was really impressed that we dug in and didn't get frustrated. I knew they knew they could be playing better."

Added Patton, "I was proud that they remained composed the entire game."

Dartmouth, now 12-5 on the season and 6-2 on home turf, allowed BU's Jenny Hauser to score twice on free position shots before Patton called a timeout. After that, the Big Green answered with a half dozen, including Jen Pittman's (New Canaan, Conn.) free position shot. That came as time expired in the opening half.

The Terriers closed the gap to 6-3 with about two minutes gone in the second half, but Dartmouth regained control on Leibovitz's third of the game and one by Sarah Szefi (Pittsburgh, Pa.). That gave the Big Green an 8-3 lead with about 23 minutes left, and BU never threatened after that.

Dartmouth junior Whitney Douthett (Newtown, Pa.) had another impressive game. She scored two goals and two assists, chased down eight ground balls and had three caused turnovers. She also had three draw controls.

Sophomore Kristen Barry (Duxbury, Mass.) had a pair of goals for the Big Green, while senior goalkeeper Devon Wills (Denver, Colo.) stopped nine shots.

The game was a physical battle with eight yellow cards and two red. Dartmouth outshot the Terriers, 23-19, and also held the advantage in ground balls, 31-25.

"What really excites me about this team is that normally at this point in the year you're topped out and you are at your peak," said Patton. "Sometimes teams aren't always getting better at this time. What really excites me is that we're still growing every day, and I see us getting better and better and better.

"This last week, we got better, and I don't know that a lot of teams are at this point in the season," added Patton.

Earlier in the season, Dartmouth traveled to Princeton and throttled the Tigers, 15-5, as Douthett had four goals and five assists. In the intense rivalry, Princeton holds an 18-14 lead. Two years ago, the Tigers won a 6-5 overtime game in the second round of the NCAAs.

The Terriers' season ended at 15-5. BU will host the women's lacrosse Final Four on Friday, May 26 and Sunday, May 28.

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HANOVER, N.H. - The Boston University women's lacrosse team had its season come to an end on Sunday afternoon, as the Terriers were held to just two goals in each half of a 9-4 loss to seventh-seeded Dartmouth at Scully-Fahey Field. Sophomores Jenny Hauser and Lauren Morton scored two goals apiece and classmate Jenna Golden made 10 stops in goal. BU finishes the year with a 15-5 record.

BU scored the first two goals of the game, but ran into an offensive drought of over 24 minutes and never recovered. The Big Green scored the final six goals of the first half to take a lead it never relinquished.

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2006-05-14



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