March 2, 2013

No. 12 Dartmouth Hangs On for 10-6 Win in Ivy Opener

Four Points for Rhodes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Buoyed by an early 5-1 lead, No. 12 Dartmouth held off a late comeback attempt by the Yale women's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium and came away with a 10-6 win. Attacker Hana Bowers led the Big Green with four goals and two assists, while senior attacker Devon Rhodes had a four-point day (two goals, two assists) for the Bulldogs.

Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) took control early in the Ivy League opener on a cloudy and cold day at Reese. Yale had the game's first scoring chance, but Big Green keeper Kristen Giovanniello denied a free position shot. Dartmouth then scored five of the game's first six goals -- and won four of five draw controls -- to claim a comfortable lead 22 minutes in. Rhodes had the lone goal for the Bulldogs, driving in from the side of the cage and depositing a shot from a tough angle at the 13 minute mark.

Shortly after causing a Dartmouth turnover in the midfield, sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson pulled Yale within 5-2 with 3:45 to play in the half. But after the Bulldogs turned it over in Dartmouth territory, the Big Green tacked on one more goal before halftime to go up 6-2.

A goal by Bowers extended the Dartmouth lead to five goals less than two minutes into the second half. But three minutes later the Bulldogs caught the Big Green in transition, and it resulted in a breakaway. Sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty fed freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis, who was wide open in front of the cage and fired in her first career goal to pull Yale within 7-3 with 25:27 to play.

But fouls continued to plague the Bulldogs, and they got two of their six yellow cards for the day within minutes of the Daniggelis goal. That negated their offensive momentum, and while sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan came up with a big save with 22 minutes to play the Bulldogs followed that up with another missed free position shot and a turnover. A foul on McMullan then enabled Dartmouth attacker Liz Calby to shoot a free position shot into an empty net, putting Dartmouth up 8-3 with 14:44 left.

Two more Big Green goals extended the lead to 10-3. The Bulldogs battled back with a pair of goals in less than a minute, though, as sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker scored off a Rhodes assist on another breakaway and Rhodes took a feed from Magnuson in the 8-meter arc and deposited her second goal of the day to get Yale within 10-5 with 7:49 left.

But Bowers won the ensuing draw control, and the Big Green utilized that to spend most of the rest of the game playing keep away. Dartmouth wound up taking only two more shots the rest of the game, after peppering McMullan with 29 in the game's first 52 minutes. Yale could not come up with the necessary turnovers, and the Bulldogs' only extended possession in the final minutes resulted in Rhodes using a free position attempt to pass to junior attacker Jen DeVito for a goal with nine seconds left that made the final score 10-6.

McMullan finished with 11 saves, while Giovanniello made six.

Yale (1-2, 0-1 Ivy League) plays at Bryant on Wednesday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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