Big Green Battle Bearcats in Binghamton Sunday Afternoon

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By: Pat Salvas

GAME 3
Dartmouth Big Green (0-2) vs.
Binghamton Bearcats (0-3)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Location: Bearcats Sports Complex | Vestal, N.Y.
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 1-0
Last Meeting: 2.25.17 | W, 15-11 | Hanover
Streak: 1-0
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THIS WEEKEND
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team heads to Binghamton for a Sunday matinee with the Bearcats.

LAST TIME OUT
•    The Big Green are coming off an 0-2 weekend against good competition to start the season.
•    Dartmouth opened the year with a hard-fought 21-15 loss at No. 7 Northwestern on Friday night in Evanston, before dropping a heart-breaking 11-10 double-overtime contest Sunday afternoon in snowy Ann Arbor in the first-ever matchup with Michigan.

SCOUTING BINGHAMTON
•    The Bearcats are 0-3 so far in 2019 with losses at Syracuse (15-5) and Colgate (7-6) as well as in the home opener to Niagara (11-9).
•    Rebecca Golderman’s five points and three assists are the most on the team in the three games played.
•    Kelly Quinn leads BU with four goals thanks to a pair each against the Purple Eagles and Raiders.
•    Taylor Passuello has played all 180 minutes in the circle for her team, boasting a .542 save percentage to go along with an 11.0 goals against average.

AGAINST THE BEARCATS
•    Sunday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the programs.
•    The first came back in 2017 with Dartmouth earning a 15-11 win in the home opener at Scully-Fahey Field on Feb. 25.
•    That contest marked the first home win for then-first-year head coach Danielle Spencer and pushed the Green’s record to 3-0 to start the year.

STEPPIN’ UP
•    Senior Kierra Sweeney scored 46 points in 16 games last season, including 39 goals to rank second on the team. Through the first two games this season, Sweeney has six points on three goals and three helpers. The three assists lead the team.
•    After a goal and an assist against Northwestern, Sweeney doubled each of those totals in Ann Arbor.

BACK OF THE NET BOURQUE
•    No Dartmouth player has found the back of the net more in the first two games than junior and 2018 All-Ivy League First Teamer Katie Bourque and her five goals.
•    She notched a pair against the Wildcats before adding three more against the Wolverines.
•    It took Bourque until the fourth game of the season last year to reach five goals, but, like this year, she also had a hat trick in the second game of the year in 2018 (UNH).

TALKIN’ DRAWS
•    Returning to her alma mater where she finished her career with 203 draw controls to rank third in program history, Dartmouth head coach Danielle Spencer‘s didn’t miss a beat in her return.
•    The Green and White dominated the draw, finishing with 27 to Northwestern’s 11 in the game.
•    Dartmouth had a 15-3 edge at halftime and also posted a 12-8 advantage in the second half.
•    Leading the way was senior and team captain Kathryn Giroux with a game-high 10. Bourque added nine, while Claire Marshall had five.
•    Bourque’s previous career high for draws in a game was five as a freshman on April 12, 2017 against Boston College.
•    For her career, Giroux has 271 draw controls, just 29 short of becoming the 20th player in NCAA history to reach 300.

WHAT’S AHEAD?
•    The team won’t have much time to rest as it opens at Scully-Fahey Field on Tuesday, Feb. 26 against Preseason No. 1 and last season’s national runner-up Boston College.

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