2019 Ivy League Tourney Starts Friday in NYC vs. Penn in Semifinals

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#2 DARTMOUTH | 11-4, 6-1 vs. #3 PENN | 11-4, 5-2
Home: 6-1  | Away: 5-3  | Neutral: 0-0 Home: 6-1  | Away: 5-3  | Neutral: 0-0

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 2 PM | Rocco B. Commisso Stadium | New York, N.Y.
All-Time Series:
Dartmouth, 24-21 | Last Meeting: 4.13.19 (Dartmouth, 15-11)

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The 2019 Ivy League Tournament Field
No. 2 Dartmouth vs. No. 3 Penn | 2 PM
No. 1 Princeton vs. No. 4 Cornell | 5 PM

FRIDAY’S GAME
•    The No. 18 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team once again will play in the Ivy League Tournament this weekend, hosted by Columbia.
•    The second-seeded Big Green will take on third-seeded Penn in the first of two 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.

IVY CHAMPS!
•    With the 23-9 win Saturday at Yale, Dartmouth clinched a share of the 2019 Ivy League Championship.
•    For the Big Green, it marks the 12th in program history and the first since the 2011 campaign.
•    Dartmouth snapped the seven-year drought without an Ivy crown, matching for the longest run without a banner in program history (1988-94).
•    Princeton will have the top seed in the postseason tourney thanks to its 14-12 win in Hanover on April 6, the lone blemish on the Green’s 2019 Ivy campaign. The Tigers’ lone league loss came on March 23 at home against Brown, 12-11.

TOURNEY TIME
•    This marks the sixth time in 10 years that Dartmouth will be in the field of four in the conference postseason tournament: 2010-13, 2018-19.
•    The Big Green qualified for the first four tournaments before missing four straight, only to bounce back and make the last two.
•    The 2019 postseason tournament will mark the first time in league history that it will be held on a pre-determined site and not at the home of the top seed.
•    In the five previous trips to the postseason, Dartmouth has played four times at Penn (2010-13) and once at Princeton (2018).

AGAINST THE QUAKERS
•    This is Dartmouth’s sixth appearance at the Ivy League Tournament and will mark the fifth game against Penn.
•    The Big Green and Quakers have met in the conference championship game in 2010, 2012 and 2013 with Dartmouth winning the second match-up.
•    Last year and this year mark the two semifinal contests with Penn hanging on for the 16-14 win last season at Princeton, the only one of the four previous meetings to be played outside of Philadelphia.

LAST TIME OUT
•    The 23-9 win in the final game of the regular season saw Dartmouth post several important marks to cap the year.
•    The 23 goals scored tied the program record for most tallies in a conference game with an April 11, 1998 contest against Cornell (23-7) in Ithaca.
•    Michelle Yu and Kierra Sweeney led the way with five goals each, while Kellen D’Alleva’s six points on four assists and two goals produced a game-high six points.

EIGHT EARN ALL-IVY LEAGUE!
•    Eight members of the 2019 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team were honored with spots on the All-Ivy League team as announced earlier in the week.
•    That figure tied the program high set back in 2005 when the Green and White went to their first of two straight NCAA Final Fours.
•    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.

COACH ‘EM UP, COACH!
•    For the second time in as many years, Danielle Spencer has been named the Ivy League Coach of the Year.
•    And like in 2018, the 2019 award is shared with Princeton’s Chris Sailer, the conference’s all-time leader in victories.
•    Spencer is 29-17 in her three seasons in Hanover, and has boasted 11 wins in each of the last two years.

RECORD KEEPER
•    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.

MOST GOALS IN A SEASON (DARTMOUTH)
•    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.

MOST POINTS IN A SEASON (DARTMOUTH)
•    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.

MOST DRAW CONTROLS IN A SEASON (DARTMOUTH and IVY LEAGUE)
•    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.

MOST 20-GOAL GAMES IN A SEASON (DARTMOUTH)
•    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.

RANKINGS
•    For the second week in a row, Dartmouth is 12th in the Inside Lacrosse and Nike/US Lacrosse national Polls.
•    The Big Green moved up to a tie for 18th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week, the highest ranking of the year for the team.

WHERE WE RANK
The 2019 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team has posted many impressive totals over the course of the regular season. Here is where the Big Green rank in the Ivy League and nationally in several statistical categories.

Team:
•    Stat: Figure (Ivy Rank | National Rank)
•    Scoring Offense: 16.33 (1st | 6th)
•    Scoring Defense: 10.53 (4th | 31st)
•    Scoring Margin: 5.80 (1st | 12th)
•    Assists per Game: 7.67 (1st | 12th)
•    Points per game: 24.0 (1st | 8th)
•    Draw Controls per game: 17.93 (1st | 2nd)
•    Draw Control Percentage: 62.3% (1st | 4th)
•    Clearing Percentage: 93.8% (1st | 2nd)
•    Shots Per Game: 38.27 (1st | 3rd)
•    Shots on Goal Per Game: 27.40 (1st | 4th)
•    Ground Balls per Game: 19.27 (1st | 33rd)
•    Caused Turnovers per Game: 9.24 (3rd | 46th)

Players:
•    Assists: 41, Kellen D’Alleva (2nd | 13th)
•    Assists per Game: 2.73, Kellen D’Alleva (2nd | 8th)
•    Goals: 52, Kierra Sweeney (1st | 33rd)
•    Goals per Game: 3.47, Kierra Sweeney (2nd | 15th)
•    Draw Controls: 137, Kathryn Giroux (2nd | 6th)
•    Draw Controls per Game: 9.13, Kathryn Giroux (2nd | 3rd)
•    Free-Position Percentage: 53.3%, Elizabeth Mastrio (2nd | 43rd)
•    Free-Position Goals per Game: 1.13, Kierra Sweeney (2nd | 13th)
•    Free-Position Goals per Game: 1.07, Elizabeth Mastrio (3rd | 18th)
•    Shots per Game: 7.80, Kierra Sweeney (1st | 11th)

FOLLOW ALONG
•    All three games this weekend in New York will be carried on ESPN+ with Alex Vispoli handling play-by-play duties and Crista Samaras providing color analysis.
•    Fans unable to attend the weekend can also follow along via live stats or the team’s official Twitter account: @DartmouthWLAX

TICKET INFORMATION
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.

IN THE NEWS
•    Dartmouth-Record Eight Earn All-Ivy Honors, Spencer Named Co-Coach of the Year
•    Dartmouth’s 12th Ivy League Title Came With Several Program Records Along the Way
•    Ivy League Champs! Dartmouth Clinches 12th Title With Dominant 23-9 Win at Yale

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