Big Green Close Out Regular Season at Yale With Ivy League Title on the Line

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GAME 15
No. 19/12 Dartmouth Big Green (10-4, 5-1 Ivy) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (6-8, 1-5 Ivy)
Date:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 1 PM
Location: New Haven, Conn. – Reese Field
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 27-14
Streak: 3-0

SATURDAY’S GAME
The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team finishes the 2019 regular season Saturday afternoon at Yale.

THIS WEEK IN RANKINGS
•    Dartmouth is 19th in the latest coaches’ poll via the IWLCA.

LET’S TALK SCENARIOS
•    The Big Green are in position to claim at least a share of the 2019 Ivy League title Saturday with a win in New Haven.
•    Dartmouth can still win the title outright and claim the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a Cornell win Saturday night against Princeton, the team the green are currently tied with in the standings.
•    Thanks to the Tigers’ 14-12 win in Hanover earlier this season, they own the tiebreaker with the Big Green, giving them the top seed in next weekend’s postseason tournament were both teams to finish the year at 6-1 in league contests.
•    A loss by both Dartmouth and Princeton, coupled with a Penn win, would make it a four-way tie for first place with it then going to the Ivy League tiebreaking procedures.
•    Dartmouth, Princeton, Cornell and Penn have all clinched berths in the tournament, but seedings still remain up in the air heading into the final weekend of the season. Dartmouth and Princeton, however, cannot finish outside of the top-two spots.
•    Dartmouth is seeking its first Ivy title since 2011 (shared with Penn) and its first outright title since 2005 with a win against Yale and some help from their colorful counterparts in Ithaca.  

LAST TIME OUT
•    Billed as one of the biggest games of the season, Dartmouth defeated Cornell, 15-8, on Saturday afternoon in rainy Hanover.
•    The Big Green fell behind, 1-0, early, but quickly erased the deficit and never looked back en route to the win over a Big Red team that came into the day with the same 4-1 record as the team in green.
•    Several players reached milestones in the game as Elizabeth Mastrio scored the 100th goal of her career, while juniors Katie Bourque and Ellie Carson both reached 100-career points in the win.
•    Senior Kierra Sweeney led the way as she had six points on three goals and three assists, while classmate Mastrio tied her career high with five goals in the game.

AGAIN…
•    For the fifth time in six weeks, Dartmouth was the recipient of an Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honor as Katie Bourque was recognized for the first time in her career.
•    Bourque, known for her offensive prowess, was a force in the midfield and on transition defense against the Catamounts and Big Red. Her four caused turnovers against Cornell on Saturday helped thwart any possible comeback bid by the visitors and tied her career high set as a rookie in 2017.
•    She finished the week with eight total draw controls, recording four in each game. Against Cornell, those proved to be huge as the gained possession in the midfield led to goals and a mounting lead that proved to be too much for the Big Red to overcome.
•    Additionally, Bourque had four ground balls against Cornell, several of which followed her caused turnovers in the midfield.
•    Bourque joins Kathryn Giroux, Claire Marshall and Kiera Vrindten (twice) as the members of this year’s team to earn the weekly defensive accolade.

SCOUTING YALE
•    The Bulldogs find themselves near the bottom of the Ivy standings right now, hosting the final game of the season with a 1-5 conference mark.
•    Yale is 5-8 overall.
•    Freshman Olivia Penoyer leads the team with an impressive 53 points on 33 goals and 20 assists.
•    Jill Gollob’s 35 goals are the most on the team, while Penoyer and Sam Higgins are tied for the team lead with 20 assists.
•    Senior Izzy Nixon is the Ivy League leader with 149 draw controls this season, setting a new single-season mark for the conference (More below).
•    In goal, Amelia Drake has been the starter in all but one game this season and boasts a 13.02 goals against average and a .3700 save percentage.
•    The team’s lone Ivy League win came two weeks ago at home against Columbia, 17-10.

AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
•    Dartmouth is in the midst of a three-game winning streak against Yale.
•    After a close 12-11 win in head coach Danielle Spencer‘s first season (2017), the Green and White cruised to a 17-4 win in Hanover last season.
•    That last game in New Haven two years ago was delayed more than two hours early in the second half due to a scoreboard malfunction.
•    From the opening draw to the final whistle, the game took four hours and 39 minutes to complete.
•    Yale led for just 57 seconds of game play, but for more than two hours of real time.
•    Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 27-14.

POINTS IN A SEASON
•    Kierra Sweeney has 60 points entering the final weekend of the regular season.  
•    She is just two points back of tying Whitney Douthett (2005 and 2007), Suzy Gibbons (2001) and Jen Greene (1998) for 15th all-time in single-season points at Dartmouth.
•    Jacque Weitzel’s 79 points from 2000 is still the program standard.
•    Ellie Carson’s 63 last season are tied for 10th-best campaign by a Big Green student-athlete.

POINTS IN A CAREER
•    Sweeney has 149 points in her career, good enough for 14th all-time at Dartmouth.
•    In 58 games played in a Big Green uniform, Sweeney has 111 goals and 38 assists.
•    She passed Katieanne Christian (2002-05) on the program list as she had 148 in her four years.
•    Kate Graw (1997-00) and Lana Smith (2000-04) are the next two ahead of Sweeney as they both posted 157 points in their respective playing careers.

POINTS IN A CAREER… ALSO!
•    Not far back of Sweeney is Mastrio with 142 career points.
•    Mastrio went over the 100-goal mark against Cornell and now has 102 to go along with her 40 assists for 140 points.
•    She is one back of Sarah Plumb ’12 — the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year — for 15th all-time in program history.

ASSISTS IN A SEASON
•    That 1998 season that saw Jen Greene post 62 points was also the campaign in which she set the single-season program record for assists with 39.
•    Kellen D’Alleva enters the weekend with 37 this year, alone in second place in program history and on the verge of setting a new mark.
•    An Ivy League player has recorded six assists in a game four times this season with D’Alleva the lone player to accomplish the feat twice (vs. Brown and at Columbia).

DRAW CONTROLS IN A SEASON
•    Kathryn Giroux has 127 draws this season after recording eight against the Big Red on Senior Day.
•    She is just six back of her own Dartmouth single-season record of 133 set last season.

DRAW CONTROLS IN A CAREER
•    Giroux now has 385 career draw controls.
•    That total is nine more than Yale’s Nixon for the all-time Ivy League lead.
•    Seemingly in control of the career mark, Giroux also benefits from at least one Ivy League Tournament game, while Nixon and the Bulldogs will see their season and her career come to a close on Saturday.
•    What’s funny about these two players dueling it out for the record is Dartmouth sophomore Claire Marshall has 93 through 29 games in her first two seasons and has positioned herself to be the next threat to this league mark in the next two seasons with both Nixon and Giroux graduating. Her 54 as a freshman last spring was far better than either player managed in their first season.

100/100
•    With just four more draw controls, Mastrio is poised to become the third player in school history with 100 draws and 100 career goals.
•    Jaclyn Leto ’16 finished her playing career with 151 goals and 131 draws, while Whitney Douthett was the first to accomplish the feat, posting 103 tallies and 135 DCs.

24 AND COUNTING
•    With one more win, junior goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten will reach 25 for her career.
•    Only five players in the history of the program have 25 or more wins in the Dartmouth net with Devon Wills leading the way with 51 from 2002-06.
•    She also went over 100 career ground balls earlier this season and has 108 coming into the weekend.

AT THE TOP
Dartmouth is in the midst of a statistically dominating season as they lead the Ivy League in:
•    Goals/Game: 15.86
•    Assists/Game: 7.71
•    Points/Game: 23.57
•    Ground Balls/Game: 19.50
•    Draw Controls/Game: 17.71
•    Shots on Goal/Game: 27.57
•    Shots/Game: 38.57

NEAR THE TOP
Not just at the top, the Big Green are also near the top in several other categories:
•    Scoring Defense: 10.56 (4th)
•    Caused Turnovers/Game: 9.14 (3rd)

 DON’T TAKE CARDS
•    Dartmouth also leads the league in woman-up goals in 2019, scoring 21 times after the opposition has been carded.
•    Penn is the next-best team with 15 goals up a player.
•    The Green and White are also second in the league with three woman-down goals, including Katie Bourque’s on Saturday that proved to be the 100th point of her career.

FOLLOW ALONG
•    All Dartmouth women’s lacrosse home games and Ivy League road games will be carried live on ESPN+ this season.
•    Fans can also follow along with live stats provided by YaleBulldogs.com

WHAT’S AHEAD?
•    Following Saturday’s game, Dartmouth will turn its attention to the Ivy League Tournament next weekend at Columbia.
•    The women’s semifinals and championship game will be played at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium.

 

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