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Dartmouth women’s lacrosse making a good first impression

  • Dartmouth College defender Riley Ricciardi (34) runs into the back of Boston University's Mackenzie Howe during the teams' nonleague game Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field. Howe, a senior, played at Laconia (N.H.) High. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College women's lacrosse coach Alex Frank shows her approval after the Big Green forced a turnover Saturday against Boston University at Scully-Fahey Field. Frank is in her first year as a head coach after assistant's roles at Colorado and Boston College. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth College goaltender Kiera Vrindten and defender Natalee Palmer confront Boston University shooter Makenzie Irvine during the teams' nonleague game Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College's under-construction indoor athletic facility dwarfs the women's lacrosse team Saturday during a time-out in its nonconference game against Boston University. The Big Green won, 16-8, at Scully-Fahey Field and improved to 2-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College defenders Riley Ricciardi (34) and Clair Marshall (8) push Boston University attacker Lauren Kaye back from the Big Green goal Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field. The hosts won the nonleague matchup, 16-8. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/22/2020 10:28:55 PM
Modified: 2/22/2020 10:28:49 PM

HANOVER — The Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team is off to a hot start in cold weather, improving to 2-0 this season with Saturday’s 16-8 defeat of Boston University. Senior Katie Bourque had a career-high five goals and seven points, and fellow senior Sophia Turchetta posted a hat trick.

Dartmouth roared out to a 4-0 lead in the 11th minute but led only 6-5 with four minutes remaining in the first half. The No. 18 Big Green pushed its lead to 8-5 by halftime, however, then scored the second half’s first four goals and five of the first six to put the nonleague game away.

“BU is one of those teams that always fights, and that’s what they kept doing,” said first-year Dartmouth coach Alex Frank. “We had some lapses and we had to keep making little plays, getting ground balls in our end and bringing them down to the other end. That made a big difference eventually.”

Frank said the key to getting balls off the turf and headed out of the Dartmouth half was working together once the ball is errantly passed, squirts loose on a rebound or is dropped or knocked out of an opponent’s stick. The temptation, the coach said, is for defenders not next to the ball to stand and watch. Players who know to be on their toes can adjust to a return to defense or be ready to break out on a split-second notice.

“When there’s a ground ball, it can become an individualized situation, but the more you work together, the more prepared you are for the next play,” Frank said. “It’s not your time to relax off the ball. It’s being proactive and either running with and supporting our ball carrier or getting back into position to stop the ball when they come up with it.”

Frank said her transition to Dartmouth has been smooth and enjoyable. The Big Green shared the Ivy League title last year and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

“I keep telling people I’m lucky to have stumbled upon a team with ingrained values that align with mine,” she said. “We’re authentic and we’re up in the woods and we play in the cold and we’re nitty-gritty. It’s fun to coach when you have players who are motivated and want to get better every day.

“My message when I took this job is that I wanted to be better than they were last year. But right now, we just have to get better from game to game.”

Dartmouth’s Tori Chanechuk had a goal and three assists, and Kiera Vrindten stopped four shots for the hosts, who received two goals each from Claire Marshall, Ellie Carson and Veta Meyer. Freshman Mimi Lazore scored her first collegiate goal. Dartmouth begins Ivy League play next Saturday at Brown.

Notes: Attendance was announced as 164. … Dartmouth won the ground-ball battle, 17-11, and caused 11 turnovers. … Frank was previously an assistant at Colorado and Boston College and was a three-time All-American, national champion and All-Big Ten academic selection while playing at Northwestern. Frank is just the fifth coach in the program’s 48-year history.… Boston University fell to 2-2.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.




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