March 31, 2010

Big Second Lifts No. 9 Big Green Over BU

from press release

HANOVER, N.H.
- This year's edition of the Dartmouth - BU women's lacrosse rivalry was as hotly contested as ever, but the ninth-ranked Big Green overpowered the Terriers in the second for a 15-10 win.

From senior Julie Wadland's (Andover, Mass.) eight saves in goal to classmate Colleen Olsen's (Avon, Conn.) six draw controls to junior Greta Meyer's (Denver, Colo.) five goals, No. 9 Dartmouth (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) dug deep to gut out a critical victory.

No. 18 Boston University (5-5, 1-0 America East) was playing its fourth ranked opponent of the month and came to Scully Fahey Field primed to break through. They lived up to their pregame hype, taking a 3-1 lead five minutes in and 7-6 halftime advantage. Dartmouth had other ideas in the second half, however, with a tremendous comeback effort to outscore BU, 9-3, and move to 3-0 against fellow ranked teams.

Dartmouth outshot BU, 31-25, and collected 18 groundballs to BU's 11. The draw proved critical as well, with Dartmouth controlling 17 to Boston's 10. Dartmouth once again showed its offensive balance with eight different players recording a point.

"I'm proud of our team," said head coach Amy Patton. "We showed a lot of character out there today to battle the way we did. It was a team win and we really needed a big win."

Meyer led Dartmouth's offense as she has all season with five goals and one assist while sophomore Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) scored four goals and classmate Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.) tallied two goals and two assists.

Boston's McKinley Curro led her team with four points while Olsen and the defense shut down BU's top goal-scorer, Traci Landy, holding her to just one goal.

Dartmouth opened the game on the right note as Meyer converted a free position goal just 52 seconds into the contest. The Terriers surged right back, however, with Curro, Molly Swain and Hannah Frey scoring three goals in just 2:30 to give their team a 3-1 lead at 25:16.

Coach Patton called a timeout and Dartmouth came out and cut the lead to one when Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) fed the ball to Meyer, who scored her second of the game at 24:12. Boston's Danielle Etrasco answered right back for a 4-2 lead, but the Big Green rallied with its own 3-0 run paced by two free position goals from Smith and a great looking goal by Erin Massimi (Westwood, Mass.) off a feed from Abigail Holden (Alexandria, Va.) for a 5-4 Dartmouth lead at 14:49.

It continued to be a back and forth game, however, as Boston got the lead right back with two goals less than two minutes apart before Meyer tied it at 6-6 with a free position goal at 10:54. Both offenses quieted until Landy scored her lone goal of the day with under two minutes left in the half for a 7-6 Terrier lead.

Patton coached them up at halftime and Dartmouth wasted no time tying it up in the second half, when defender Shannie MacKenzie (Greenwich, Conn.) secured the draw and made a rare foray into the offensive end. She found a streaking Meyer who fired one past BU keeper Rachel Klein to knot it at 7-7 just 17 seconds in. Parks took a feed from Smith just three minutes later to put the Big Green ahead, 8-7, for just the second time in the game.

The teams traded goals in the next three minutes with Curro tying it on a free position for BU before Meyer put Dartmouth back ahead, but Frey made it a 9-9 game at 20:51. Little did the Terriers know, they would get just one more goal in the contest.

Plumb got things going for the Big Green as her defense led to offense, first picking up a ground ball off a miss by Dana Brisbane (Locust Valley, N.Y.) and putting the Green ahead for good, 10-9 at 19:59. MacKenzie picked off a pass on BU's next possession and got the ball ahead to Smith who fed Parks for the Green's first two-goal lead of the game, up 11-9 just over a minute later.

BU coach Liz Robertshaw called timeout but it proved fruitless despite winning the ensuing draw. In what was ultimately the play of the game, Plumb went right after Boston's Rachel Collins stripping the ball from her and taking it right to goal beating a retreating Klein high. That goal put the Big Green up soundly, 12-9 with 17:45.

Xan Weitzel had to work for Boston's 10th goal of the game, earning a free position that Wadland saved but breaking through on her second but Dartmouth's Erin Massimi answered right back to keep it a three-goal lead, up 13-10 with 12:48 to play.

Boston won the ensuing draw control and went right to goal, but Wadland came up with a huge save against Weitzel at 12:40 and Dartmouth converted on the other end when Meyer found Parks for a 14-10 at 11:11. The Big Green won the draw and ultimately maintained possession for a full five minutes before the Terriers finally got the ball back in their offensive zone at 7:39. Once again Wadland made a big stop to get the ball back for her team and Parks struck again, this time off a feed from Brisbane to go up 15-10 and dashing Boston's upset hopes.

Plumb had a well-rounded effort for Dartmouth, adding four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers to her three points. Rookie Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) did a nice job defensively and added three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover to her statline.

The ninth-ranked Big Green is back in action this Saturday, April 3 when it heads to Brown for an Ivy tilt set to start at 12 p.m.


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