Dartmouth secures share of Ivy women’s lax crown

  • Kellen D'Alleva, Dartmouth women's lacrosse.

Staff Reports
Published: 4/27/2019 10:13:55 PM
Modified: 4/27/2019 10:13:50 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team clinched a share of the Ivy League regular-season title with a 23-9 win over Yale on Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium.

It is Dartmouth’s first conference crown since 2011 and 12th in program history. The Big Green secured a share of the title after Princeton defeated Cornell on the road on Saturday. The Big Green (11-4 overall, 6-1) will take the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will play No. 3 Penn in the opening round of a three-game playoff at Columbia University.

Dartmouth’s 23 goals against the Bulldogs marked a new season high and tied the program record for most goals scored in an Ivy League game since April 11, 1998, when the Big Green topped Cornell, 23-7. Dartmouth’s opening score of the day was the 150th career goal for Kierra Sweeney. Her third of the day was her 50th goal of the season. She finished the game with five goals, as did substitute Michelle Yu, to lead the Big Green offense.

“Today’s win was a result of so much focus, heart and hustle,” said Dartmouth head coach Danielle Spencer. “What a great way to wrap up our regular season.”

Kellen D’Alleva finished the game with four assists for Dartmouth, the second of which tied the single-season mark of 39 previously set by Jen Greene in 1998. She later got the program record on Ellie Carson’s goal midway through the second half, becoming the program’s all-time leader in assists and the only player in more than four decades to reach 40 helpers in a year.

Senior Elizabeth Mastrio scored three times and moved into 15th place all time on Dartmouth’s scoring list with 145 points — 105 of them goals. Kathryn Giroux was credited with 10 draw controls in the game. She currently has 395 controls in her collegiate career, a mark that ranks her 12th all time in NCAA history.

Giroux, Sophia Turchetta and Campbell Brewer also scored for the Big Green. Goaltender Kiera Vrindten made five saves in 57 minutes of action. Dartmouth will take on Penn in the Ivy League semifinal on Friday at 2 p.m.

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