Balanced Attack Sparks No. 13 Dartmouth Over BU
from press release
BOSTON - A balanced offensive attack that saw seven players score goals helped the No. 13 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team take down Boston University, 12-7, Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
The win improved the Big Green's overall record this spring to 4-0, while the Terriers' mark evened at 1-1 with the non-conference loss.
"The first 20 minutes I think we played some strong lacrosse, especially given the weather today," head coach Amy Patton said. "I also thought we were moving the ball well and limiting their shots throughout the game, which is something we work on.
"The second half was a little more causal than we would've liked, but the defense stepped up and really delivered," Patton continued. "I think our attack learned a lot today about what they need to do on a consistent basis to be successful."
Junior Lindsey Allard led the way with three goals and four points on the afternoon, matching her career high for tallies and establishing a new single-game best for scoring.
Early on, Dartmouth was finding the back of the net in bunches as a burst of goals from Sarah Byrne and two apiece from Liz Calby and Hana Bowers put the visitors up 5-1 just over 10 minutes in.
Allard would score her team's final three markers of the first half, including the eventual game-winner as the Green took an 8-5 advantage into the intermission.
The second frame was more of the same from Dartmouth as it pushed its lead to 11-5 a little more than a third of the way into the period. Frances Bird sealed it with the final goal of the afternoon halfway through the stanza.
The Big Green put together another solid team effort as it finished with advantages in draw controls (12-9), shots (24-19) and free-positions (5-7/2-3). The Green and White also turned the ball over three fewer times in the contest (19-16) than their opponents.
Courtney Bennett finished the day with one assist, but her contributions to the victory could be seen more in her six draw controls and five ground balls, both new career highs for the senior co-captain.
Danielle Etrasco was the home team's top offensive player, scoring three times and assisting on another.
Goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello recorded all five of her saves in the second half as the Terriers looked to try and pull even with the Green. The loss was credited to Christina Sheridan, who allowed 11 of Dartmouth's 12 goals on the afternoon.
The Big Green are now 12-5 in 17 all-time meetings with the Terriers, including wins in the last two meetings.
Dartmouth will return home for just the second time this season when it hosts No. 2 Florida on Saturday, March 9. The opening draw at Scully-Fahey Field between the Gators and the Big Green is set for noon.
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