Dartmouth-Record Eight Earn All-Ivy Honors, Spencer Named Co-Coach of the Year

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By: Pat Salvas

PRINCETON, N.J. – Eight members of the 2019 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team were honored with spots on All-Ivy League teams as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Additionally, and for the second straight season, the Big Green’s Danielle Spencer was tabbed as the Ivy League Co-Coach of the Year, once again sharing the honor with Princeton’s Chris Sailer.
Three Dartmouth players earned selections to the league’s first team with seniors Kierra Sweeney, Elizabeth Mastrio and Kathryn Giroux all claiming their spots as some of the league’s best players in 2019. Giroux was one of six individuals to appear on every coach’s first-team ballot as a unanimous selection.
Kellen D’Alleva, Katie Bourque and Claire Marshall all were recognized with second-team honors, while Kiera Vrindten and Ellie Carson were tabbed with spots on the Honorable Mention team.
The eight total All-Ivy League selections matches a program record for a single season set in 2005 when the Big Green also had eight and reached their first of two straight Final Fours.
Danielle Spencer has now been named the Ivy League Coach of the Year in two-of-her-three seasons on the Dartmouth sideline, sharing with Sailer each of the last two years. Under her guidance, this year’s Big Green claimed an Ivy title for the first time since the 2011 campaign and qualified for the conference tournament in consecutive years for the first time since doing so in 2012 and 2013.  
In the last two seasons, Dartmouth has posted its two best offensive campaigns, scoring 243 and 245 goals, respectively; both program records. The former collegiate All-American player has also transformed the team into a possession powerhouse as the two best single-season draw control totals in Ivy history have been by Dartmouth the last two springs with this year’s 269 already setting the new standard.
Team captain Kathryn Giroux will graduate this spring as the best player in Ivy League history on the draw control. Heading into this weekend’s postseason play, Giroux has 137 draw controls, the second-best single-season total in the history of the Ivy League and the top mark by a Dartmouth player, eclipsing her own previous records established in each of the last two years (108 and 133). For her career, her 395 draws are ahead of all other players in the history of the Ancient Eight and rank 12th all-time in NCAA history. An Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honoree during the course of the season, Giroux also tied her career highs in both goals (11) and points (15) this season as her game really came full circle this spring. After earning spots on the second team the last two seasons, this was Giroux’s first foray into top-team recognition.
Like Giroux, this is the first time that Elizabeth Mastrio has been selected to the league’s top team after two other seasons on the Honorable Mention Team (2016 and 2017). The emotional leader of the Big Green, Mastrio has career highs in goals (36), assists (18) and points (54), this season and has moved into the top-15 in scoring all-time at Dartmouth with 145 points and goals with 105. With just two more draw controls, she is poised to become just the third player in program history with at least 100 goals and 100 draw controls in a career.
Rounding out Dartmouth’s first-team selections was a first-time selection in Kierra Sweeney. The senior attacker put together by far her best season in the Green and White, scoring a league-leading 52 goals over the course of the regular season’s 15 games. Her 65 points rank as the ninth-best total in program history, while she pushed herself into the top-15 all-time in program scoring with 154 career points. Coming into 2019, Sweeney had established a career high last spring with 46 points, meaning that had she not dished out a single assist this year, her goal total alone would have set a new personal points mark. In the team’s seven Ivy League games, Sweeney led the way for Dartmouth with 24 goals with eight coming from the 8-meter arc.
Few players in the league and maybe even the country made a more significant improvement this year than Kellen D’Alleva, and for that, she earned a spot on the All-Ivy League Second Team. Coming into her final season in Hanover, D’Alleva had just 32 points to her credit, but finished the regular season with nearly double that, posting 60 points in 15 games. A majority of those came via the assist as she established a new Dartmouth single-season record of 41 this year, passing the old mark of 39 set by Jen Greene in 1998 with postseason games left to play this year for the New York native. D’Alleva also found the back of the net 19 times this year to finish second on the team in scoring. She set new career highs across the board and finished the regular season with seven games of five or more points.
A year after earning first-team honors, Katie Bourque continues to display all the talents that make her one of the best all-around players in the conference, earning second-team recognition this spring. Second on the team with 38 goals and fourth in points with 44, Bourque was honored during the course of the season as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, showcasing her ability to play in all areas of the field. She was third on the team in both draw controls (31) and ground balls (24), while leading the way with 15 caused turnovers.
Claire Marshall was perhaps the best defender on the team in 2019, despite being unheralded throughout. Another Dartmouth Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honoree, Marshall was a force in the middle of the field and at helping the Green and White play shutdown defense on teams transitioning. A huge reason the Big Green were able to hold seven opponents to single-digit goal totals this season, Marshall was third on the team in caused turnovers with 14, while leading the team in ground balls with 34, a feat rarely accomplished by anyone besides a goalkeeper. Her 45 draw controls ranked second on the team, while she was ninth in the Ivy League with 3.47 draws per game in conference tilts. All that while missing a game to illness.
Ellie Carson bounced back from an injury in the final game of 2018 to put together a solid and productive campaign this year, earning Honorable Mention recognition. A season after being the go-to player on attack, Carson found herself playing a more complementary role this year as the team’s record-breaking offense was based more on depth scoring and spreading the ball out. That didn’t stop Carson from finding the back of the net 24 times thanks in large part to five games of at least three goals and finishing with 31 points. She and Katie Bourque both reached the 100-point mark in the 15-8 win against Cornell in the penultimate game of the season that secured a berth in the conference postseason.
Like Carson, junior goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten had an injury slow her, but not stop her in 2019. Despite missing games in the middle of the year, there was no doubt who would be the goalie to help propel Dartmouth back to the top of the standings. Vrindten was a two-time recipient of the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award this year, winning twice in a three-week stretch. Thanks to her season-high 14-save performance in Dartmouth’s comeback win at No. 9 Penn in mid-April, Vrindten was not only named the conference’s top defender, she was also named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the IWLCA. In Ivy games, she went 5-1 and posted a .443 save percentage, while leading the league with 8.5 saves per game.
The second-seeded Big Green take on third-seed Penn Friday at 2 p.m. in the Ivy League Semifinals. The winner will play either top-seeded Princeton or Cornell Sunday in the conference championship game with the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The games will all take place at Columbia and be streamed live on ESPN+.

* Elizabeth George, Princeton (Sr., A – Lutherville, Md.)

Erin Barry, Penn (Jr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)

Nonie Andersen, Princeton (Sr., D – Glenview, Ill.)

Sam Fish, Princeton (So., G – San Diego Calif.)

Danielle Spencer, Dartmouth
Chris Sailer, Princeton

Risa Mosenthal, Brown (So., A – Campton, N.H.)
Caroline Allen, Cornell (Jr., A – Ardmore, Pa.)
Kierra Sweeney, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Oakton, Va.)
Keeley MacAfee, Harvard (Sr., A – Needham, Mass.)
* Gabby Rosenzweig, Penn (Jr., A – Somers, N.Y.)
Zoe Belodeau, Penn (So., A – Potomac Falls, Va.)
* Elizabeth George, Princeton (Sr., A – Lutherville, Md.)
* Kyla Sears, Princeton (So., A – Skaneateles, N.Y.)
* Lindsey Ewertsen, Columbia (Sr., M – Montclair, N.J.)
Elizabeth Mastrio, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Wilbraham, Mass.)
* Kathryn Giroux, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Summit, N.J.)
* Erin Barry, Penn (Jr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Mary Kate Bonanni, Cornell (Jr., D – Liverpool, N.Y.)
Katy Junior, Penn (Sr., D – Wayne, Pa.)
Nonie Andersen, Princeton (Sr., D – Glenview, Ill.)
Sam Fish, Princeton (So., G – San Diego Calif.)

Kellen D’Alleva, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Manhasset, N.Y.)

Grace Hulslander, Harvard (Fr., A – Jamesville, N.Y.)
Tess D’Orsi, Princeton (Jr., A – Sudbury, Mass.)
Izzy Nixon, Yale (Sr., A – Greenwich, Conn.)
Zoe Verni, Brown (Sr., M – Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
Ellie Walsh, Cornell (So., M – Bronxville, N.Y.)
Katie Bourque, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Ridgewood, N.J.)
Abby Bosco, Penn (So., M – Suffern, N.Y.)
Kathryn Hallett, Princeton (Sr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Sam Higgins, Yale (So., M – Shoreham, N.Y.)
Mason Warble, Brown (So., D – Bronxville, N.Y.)
Claire Marshall, Dartmouth (So., D – New Canaan, Conn.)
Shea Jenkins, Harvard (Fr., D – Newburyport, Mass.)
Chelsea Kibler, Penn (Jr., D – Leonardtown, Md.)
Alex Argo, Princeton (Sr., D – Baltimore, Md.)
Mikaila Cheeseman, Penn (Jr., G – Suffern, N.Y.)

Emma DeGennaro, Brown (Jr., A – Huntington, N.Y.)
Alexandria Absey, Columbia (So., A – Ridgewood, N.J.)
Ellie Carson, Dartmouth (Jr., A – Alexandria, Va.)
Olivia Penoyer, Yale (Fr., A – Manlius, N.Y.)
Grace Paletta, Cornell (So., M – Greenwich, Conn.)
Caroline Garrity, Harvard (Sr., M – Lynnfield, Mass.)
Michaela McMahon, Penn (Fr., M – Bardonia, N.Y.0
Erin Schafer, Brown (Fr., M – Pleasanton, Calif.)
Alyssa Adamo, Columbia (Jr., D – Bohemia, N.Y.)
Taylor Lis, Cornell (Jr., D – Princeton, N.J.)
Colleen Burke, Harvard (Sr., D – Westwood, Mass.)
Marge Donovan, Princeton (So., D – Catonsville, Md.)
Erin Tucker, Brown (Fr., G – Centerport, N.Y.)
Katie McGahan, Cornell (Jr., G – Atlanta, Ga.)
Kiera Vrindten, Dartmouth (Jr., G – Warren, N.J.)

* Unanimous Selection

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