March 24, 2012

No. 10 Dartmouth Bounces Back Over Columbia

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. - There was a level of confidence in the air Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field as the No. 10 Dartmouth women's team was warming up in preparation for its game with Columbia.

After suffering their first loss of the season Tuesday in Gainesville to the fourth-ranked Gators, it was clear that the Big Green (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) were out for a certain level of redemption; something to prove to themselves and others in the wake of that defeat.

Unfortunately for the Lions (1-6, 0-4 Ivy), they were on the other side of the home team's determined, inspired play that resulted in a 15-4 rout.

"It just happened to be Columbia, but we knew that anybody we played today would have to be prepared for our team ready to come out," head coach Amy Patton said. "Today's game had to be completely about us. All of our goals were focused on our team to combat those things that we did poorly against Florida.

"We were really connected out there today, which was nice to see," Patton added.

After Columbia scored the opening goal just over a minute into the contest, Dartmouth rattled off 15-straight tallies over the next 37 minutes of play to put the game away and improve to 5-0 at home this season and 2-0 against Ivy League opponents.

Senior Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) scored three times in the first half and added three assists in the game to lead the Dartmouth offense to its highest output of the season with the 15 markers.

Fellow senior Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) matched Plumb's three goals on the day, while junior Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore Lindsey Allard (Cohasset, Mass.) each added two goals and an assist for three points.

Sophomore Liz Calby (Darien, Conn.) scored twice to give Dartmouth five players with multiple goals in the win.

Plumb's day was not limited to her offensive contributions, though, as the senior co-captain added four draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball.

"I thought we played very well defensively and created many of Columbia's turnovers," Patton said. "It was great to see a lot of players scoring and getting points.

"In the latter part of the game we were lucky enough to be able to get some kids in that haven't had a great deal of playing time yet. We were able to see a lot of positives in that time," she added.

A complete team effort, 25 players appeared in the contest for the Big Green, including all three goalkeepers.

Sophomore Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) started and made seven saves in picking up her sixth win of the season. Junior Julia Szafman (West Hartford, Conn.) made her first-career appearance in the Dartmouth goal late in the second half, splitting time with freshman Jessica Frieder (Princeton, N.J.) in relief of Giovanniello with the Big Green comfortably ahead.

Trailing by 14 with the clock nearing 10 minutes left, the Lions' offense began to pick up steam. But, in a stretch of 30 seconds, Giovanniello made three point-blank saves to shut the door. They (Columbia) would score three in the final minutes of play, but that late run was not enough to cut their deficit to single digits.

Columbia's leading scorer, Kacie Johnson, was held in check most of the day, scoring just twice. Dartmouth senior co-captain and defensive anchor Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.) pressured Johnson throughout, helping limit her opportunities with possession.

For the day, the Big Green held a sizeable advantage in shots (27-15), while also leading in ground balls (15-13) and forcing the Lions into 18 turnovers to their nine.

Dartmouth will head back out on the road for the first of three away from Hanover next Saturday with an Ivy League matchup at Brown in Providence. Game time is set for noon. The next home game for the Big Green is Saturday, April 14 against Penn at noon.


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