PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eight second half goals rallied Dartmouth (5-4, 2-1 Ivy) past the Brown women's lacrosse team (7-2, 2-1 Ivy), 10-9, on Saturday at Stevenson Field in a crucial Ivy matchup.
Kellie Roddy (7-2) hung tough for the Bears as she turned away seven shots while Kristen Giovanniello also stopped seven in the win to improve to 5-4.
Despite three goals from Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.), the Bears let leads of 5-0 and 8-4 slip away against a pesky Dartmouth squad. Leading 7-4, the Bears lost co-captain Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.) for the remainder of the game after her second yellow card of the match with 23:10 to play. From that point on, Dartmouth took control of a shorthanded Brown defense, scoring six of the next eight markers, including Liz Calby's fourth tally of the game with just 14 seconds left to put the visitors up for good.
Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) led the Bears with a career-high four assists to run her team-leading total to 18 on the season.
Brown's strong first half, led by goals from Roos, Hudgins, Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calif.), and Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.), propelled them to a 5-0 lead but Dartmouth grabbed momentum with two goals in the final 90 seconds to cut the deficit to 5-2 at the half.
Crucial draw controls by the visiting Big Green allowed them to take momentum back from Bears and eventually tie the game at eight on Jaclyn Leto's marker with 12 minutes to play. Richael Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) took a feed from Mastro and deposited it into the back of the net to give Brown a 9-8 lead with 9:55 left, but Dartmouth knotted the game three minutes later on a goal from Courtney Weisse.
After a turnover from Brown in the waning moments, the Big Green ran the clock down and eventually converted on Calby's strike with 14 seconds to play to seal the game.
Brown will battle Bryant on Tuesday for the Ocean State Cup with the opening draw control set for 4 p.m. on Bryant's Turf Complex.