Dartmouth Opens ’20 Home Slate With Saturday Game vs. Boston University

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By: Pat Salvas

GAME 2
No. 19 Dartmouth (1-0) vs.
Boston University (2-1)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 3 PM
Hanover, N.H. | Scully-Fahey Field
Dartmouth Leads Series, 15-6
Last Meeting: March 1, 2017 | W, 19-7 | Boston

SATURDAY’S GAME
•    The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will play host to Boston University Saturday afternoon in the 2020 season opener.
•    The game is set for a 3 p.m. start and will follow the men’s home opener against Bryant at noon.

LAST TIME OUT
•    The Big Green started 2020 on a high note with a 15-11 win at No. 13 UMass last Saturday.
•    Trailing by one at the half, Dartmouth exploded out of the gate to start the second, scoring six of the first seven goals to take a lead it would not relinquish.
•    Seniors led the way as Ellie Carson had a career-high six points on five goals and one assist. Sophia Turchetta had four goals and finished with five points.
•    Senior goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten was strong in her first start of the year as well, stopping 12 shots and posting a team-high five ground balls.

WELCOME HOME!
•    After starting with four straight road games last spring, it took just one game played before Dartmouth makes its Scully-Fahey debut in 2020.
•    The Green and White went 6-1 in home games last year and 5-1 the year before.
•    Saturday will mark the first of six games played at Scully-Fahey Field this season for the Big Green.
•    The home-opening win against Brown last year on March 2 was the 200th in program history in Hanover. The Big Green are 205-98-1 all-time in home games.

THE RANKINGS
•    Dartmouth made a splash in the weekly national polls after the win at UMass.
o    IWLCA: 19th (up from #22)
o    Inside Lacrosse: 18th (up from #23)
o    US Lacrosse Magazine: 16th (Unranked)
o    New England Lacrosse Journal: 1st

SCOUTING BU
•    The Terriers are 2-1 overall entering the weekend after a 22-4 thrashing of Hartford in their most recent contest.
•    This will mark the first road game of the season for BU, who started the year with a three-game homestand against Boston College (6-16), Niagara (17-12) and finally Hartford.
•    Kailey Conry leads the team in scoring in that time with 14 points. Conry did not register a point in the opener against BC, but bounced back to notch five against Niagara (3-2-5) and an incredible nine (2-7-9) against the Hawks.
•    The Terriers have used three goalies for a varying length of time this season, but more than half the minutes and all three starts have gone the way of Bianca Smith. She is the keeper of record in all three games and boasts a 10.90 GAA and a .393 save percentage in her 94 minutes.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE TERRIERS
•    These teams last met in Boston during the 2017 season. The Big Green defeated the Terriers, 19-7, on March 1.
•    Dartmouth is 6-2 against BU since the start of the 2010 season.
•    The 2018 and 2019 campaigns marked the only two times since 2000 that the Terriers did not appear on the Big Green’s schedule.

CONGRATS, COACH!
•    First-year head coach Alex Frank became the fourth Dartmouth bench boss to win her first career game on the sidelines with the 15-11 result at UMass.
•    She joins Danielle Spencer (2017), Amy Patton (1993) and Aggie Kurtz (1973), who all led Dartmouth to wins in their first games.
•    Josie Harper’s road loss at Yale to start the 1982 season is the only time a first-year head coach failed to win their debut with the Green and White.

ANOTHER FIRST!
•    First-year midfield Katie Elders got Dartmouth on the board three minutes and 29 seconds into the game in Amherst for the team’s first goal of 2020.
•    It was also the first goal of Elders’ career.
•    She was the lone rookie to find the back of the net in the game against the Minutewomen and the only member of her class to record a point.

FOLLOW ALONG
•    Fans unable to make the game on Saturday can follow along with live stats provided by DartmouthSports.com.
•    All Dartmouth home games and Ivy League road games will be streamed on ESPN+.

WHAT’S AHEAD?
•    The Big Green head out on the road next weekend to open Ivy League play at Brown on Saturday, Feb. 29.
•    The game is set for a noon start at Stevenson-Pincince Field in Providence.

 

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