College Roundup: Quakers Derail Big Green’s Ivy Lacrosse Title Hopes

Published: 5/4/2018 11:44:00 PM
Modified: 5/4/2018 11:44:15 PM

Princeton, n.j. — The Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team made the step back to the Ivy League tournament. It may still have work to do.

The Big Green saw its most successful season in five years come hit a bump on Friday night in a 16-14 loss to Penn in the Ivy semifinals at Princeton University’s Class of 1952 Stadium. Dartmouth (11-5) found itself down by as many as eight goals in the second half and pressured the Quakers (13-3) with a comeback that fell just short.

“This is a team of warriors,” Dartmouth coach Danielle Spencer said in a news release. “I am so incredibly proud of the way we responded in the second half. Every player on our sideline should hold her head high with pride for what we saw today.”

Penn owned a 10-4 halftime lead and stretched it to 12-4 before the Big Green rumbled. Dartmouth scored seven of the game’s final eight goals, buoyed by a tournament-record 26 draw wins. The previous record for a team had been 15; Kathryn Giroux amassed 16 on her own for the Big Green.

Katie Bourque scored four goals with an assist for Dartmouth. Kierra Sweeney posted a hat trick with an assist, Michelle Yu posted a pair goals and Tori Chanenchuk had a team-best two assists.

Dartmouth remains hopeful that its resurgent season will net an NCAA tournament slot. The NCAA will announce the first of 26 squads at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night.


Two Chargers Named All-Conference

New London — Colby-Sawyer seniors Dougie Avellino, of Woodstock, and Brendan Thurber received all-North Atlantic Conference honors on Friday.

Avellino was named the first team for the third year in a row, while Brendan Thurber earned second team honors for the second-straight season. Senior Drew Inglesi represented Colby-Sawyer on the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Avellino increased his batting average for the second straight year to finish as the team leader at .372. He started in 26 of his 28 appearances and also led the Chargers in hits (32), slugging percentage (.465) and on base percentage (.421).

Avellino finished his three career at Colby-Sawyer with 116 hits to rank 17th all-time and is third in career batting average at .356. He also finished tied for ninth with a .416 on-base percentage.

Thurber hit .284 and led the team with 88 at-bats. He was second on the squad with 25 hits and a .420 slugging percentage.

Inglesi collected a career best 17 hits in 2018 and had a perfect fielding percentage covering 66 chances.

Big Green Adds Game

Hanover — Dartmouth has added a game against Middlebury to its schedule, Big Green coach Bob Whalen announced on Friday.

The game will be at 4 p.m. next Wednesday at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.

The Big Green (12-20-1, 8-6-1 Ivy) hosts Princeton (10-24, 7-11 Ivy) today and Sunday at Biondi Park. Today is senior day, and the team will recognize the 10 members of the senior class between games of the doubleheader. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m.

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