Dartmouth's 12th Ivy League Title Came With Several Program Records Along the Way

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HANOVER, N.H. – The 2019 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse season is one that will not be soon forgotten.

With a 23-9 win Saturday at Yale, the Big Green not only clinched a share of its 12th Ivy League Championship in program history, it eclipsed several program marks in the process.

•    The 245 goals scored are already a Dartmouth single-season record, eclipsing the mark of 243 set last season. That 2018 record had bested the 2005 team’s previous mark of 235 in 19 games, four more than this year’s team has played. Princeton owns the Ivy League record with 291 set in 2002.
•    Leading the way for Dartmouth and the entire Ivy League this season was senior Kierra Sweeney and her 52 goals. Sweeney would have set a career high for points this season had she not recorded an assist all year, but she dished out 13 helpers in addition to her 52 goals for 65 points, a figure that is ninth all-time at Dartmouth for a single season.
•    The Big Green led the Ivy League: goals (245), scoring offense (16.33), assists per game (7.67), points per game (24.0) and woman-up goals (21) in addition to several other offensive categories.

•    Thanks to 30 points at Yale, the 2019 team now owns the single-season points record as well with 360 already. The 1998 team that featured Greene and Jacque Weitzel ’00 posted 336 points for the previous record in 16 games, one more than this year. Princeton owns the Ivy League record with 428 set in 2002.

•    With a second-half helper on Ellie Carson’s first of the day, D’Alleva became the Dartmouth single-season leader with her 40th assist of 2019.She would add another later in the game to cap the regular season with 41 assists.
•    Jen Greene ’98 had owned the mark since her senior season 21 years ago as she had 39 assists to go along with 23 goals for 62 points in 16 games.
•    D’Alleva has 41 assists to go along with 19 goals of her own for 60 points in 15 games played. The senior came into the season with just 32 points in 25 total games, a figure she has nearly doubled in roughly two-thirds of the time.
•    D’Alleva also finished the year as the leader in points by a player in Ivy League games, posting 38. Twenty-nine of those 38 points came via the assist as D’Alleva is the only individual in the top-10 in scoring in Ancient Eight games this season without scoring a double-digit goal total (9-29-38).

•    Thanks in large part to the play of senior Kathryn Giroux, the Big Green have recorded 269 draw controls in 2019, setting a new Dartmouth and Ivy League record in the process.
•    The Big Green had owned the previous mark of 264 set last year (2018), a record they claimed from the aforementioned 2002 Princeton (19-1) team that had 261 in 20 games en route to a national title.
•    Giroux finished the regular season with 137 draw controls (6th in the NCAA), besting her own Dartmouth record of 133 set last season that included an Ivy League Tournament record of 19 in the semifinal. She is currently the Ivy League’s all-time leader with 395 in her career, a figure that ranks 12th all-time in NCAA history.
•    Dartmouth was one off the program and Ivy League record of 28 draw controls in a single game when it had 27 in the opener at No. 7 Northwestern (2/15). Dartmouth’s record-setting performance of 28 came at Jacksonville last season (3/21/18) thanks in large part to the first of Giroux’s two 19-draw games last spring.

•    Saturday’s regular-season finale marked the third time this season that Dartmouth had gone over 20 goals in a game, all of which came on the road in 2019: at Columbia (21-2), at Vermont (22-6) and at Yale (23-9).
•    The three times scoring 20 or more goals in a game is a new Dartmouth record as the Big Green had reached the figure twice during the 1975, 1998 and 1999 seasons.

•    Assists in an Ivy League game (Player): 6 (2x), Kellen D’Alleva (at Columbia, 3/22 and vs. Brown, 3/2)
•    Assists in an Ivy League game (Team): 15 at Columbia, 3/22
•    Goals in an Ivy League game (Team): 23 at Yale, 4/27 (tied the mark previously set on 4/11/1998 at Cornell, 23-7)

For the first time, the Ivy League Tournament will be held at a predetermined location as the Green and White seek a postseason title at Columbia’s Rocco B. Commisso Stadium this weekend (May 3 and 5).

Second-seeded Dartmouth will take on third-seeded Penn in the first of two Ivy League Semifinal games on Friday with opening draw set for 2 p.m. Top-seeded Princeton will play fourth-seeded Cornell in the second semi at 5 p.m.

The 2019 Ivy League Lacrosse Tournament will feature complex tickets that are good for both men’s and women’s lacrosse games. All-Session and Single-Session tickets will grant fans access to the entire Baker Athletics Complex. The men’s games will take place at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium and the women’s games will take place at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. Those tickets can be purchased by clicking the link above.

For those unable to attend the games in New York City, the games will be streamed live on ESPN+.

A full preview of the weekend will be posted later this week on DartmouthSports.com.


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