By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – With a little more than two weeks until the start of the 2019 season, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team is starting to gain momentum in the eyes of those who cover the sport most.
On Monday, January 28, the first two national polls of the season were released with the Big Green appearing on both.
In the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll, Dartmouth garnered 79 points and will start the season ranked No. 25 in the nation. The Inside Lacrosse Women’s NCAA Division I Media Poll has the Green and White just outside the top-20, receiving votes with a total that ranks 24th amongst all teams nationwide.
These pre-season rankings come on the heels of an 11-5 overall campaign in 2018 and a 5-2 record in Ivy League play. Although the season ended in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament against Penn despite a fevered comeback bid, the Big Green’s resurgence was just beginning in 2018.
Returning this season are First Team All-Ivy players Ellie Carson, Katie Bourque and Kiera Vrindten. Additionally, conference second-teamer and 2018 Inside Lacrosse Media Second-Team All-American Kathryn Giroux is back and looking to set the conference’s record for career draw controls, a mark she is nearing.
Leading the team once again is 2018 Ivy League Co-Coach of the Year Danielle Spencer in her third year with the team.
The 2019 season gets underway for the 25th-ranked Big Green with a challenging two-game road trip to No. 7 Northwestern and Michigan on Feb. 15 and 17. Dartmouth’s first home game of the season will come on Feb. 26 against No. 1 Boston College, a team that reached the national championship game in 2018.