PHILADELPHIA -- After a slow start, Dartmouth went on the offensive with six straight goals in a 6-4 victory over Penn to capture the 2012 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament title and secure the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Big Green (12-4, 5-2 Ivy League) now awaits its NCAA Tournament opponent with Penn (9-7, 6-1) hoping to squeeze into one of the available at-large spots. The 16-team bracket will be unveiled tonight at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Penn jumped out to a 3-0 lead, thanks to goals by Erin Brennan, Maddie Poplawski and Courtney Tomchik. Dartmouth finally got on the board at the 1:38 mark in the first half on Kirsten Goldberg goal assisted by Lindsey Allard.
Allard opened the second half with a goal of her own from the free shot position. That really got the Big Green going as Goldberg added her 37th goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3. Sarah Plumb got into the scoring with her 36th score and Hana Bowers netted back-to-back goals to give the Big Green the cushion it needed to capture its first Ivy Tournament title.
Kristen Giovanniello was a stalward in goal for Dartmouth, keeping the Quakers to its lowest goal output since April 4, 2011, against Maryland. Giovanniello stopped 16 shots (eight in each) for the tournament, earning her Most Outstanding Player honors.