Photos courtesy of John and Matt Risley/Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Cornell Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- An impressive week for the Ivy League women's lacrosse teams saw two top-10 upsets, as No. 17 Dartmouth took down No. 4 Duke in double overtime, 9-8, and No. 16 Princeton defeated No. 10 Virginia, 9-7. Two Ivy squads had a chance to add to the League's upset total, but No. 7 Notre Dame turned away Yale, 15-9, and Cornell, 17-13.
The Big Green improved to 5-0 on the season after a 2-0 week that included the win over Duke and a 13-9 victory over Vermont. For her efforts between the pipes, sophomore Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Cornell went 1-1 in two games, falling to Notre Dame and defeating Canisius, 21-7. Senior attack Jessi Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) led the Big Red offense in the two contests and was named Offensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Giovanniello played 127:43 minutes in two games, posting a 7.99 goals against average. She held Vermont, which came into the contest averaging 15.8 goals per game, to just nine scores in a 13-9 win for the Big Green, while setting career-highs in saves (17) and groundballs (seven). Against No. 4 Duke, Giovanniello stopped nine shots and recorded four groundballs and one caused turnover. The sophomore has not allowed a team to score in double-digits this season and leads the League with a 7.39 goals against average.
Giovanniello earned her second Defensive Player of the Week award this season (March 5) and the fifth of her career.
Giovanniello's Weekly Stats
2 GP-GS, 127:43 Mins., 17 GA, 7.99 GAA, 26 Svs., .605 Sv. %, 11GB, 1CT, 2-0
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Steinberg tallied six points in each of her team's two games last week. In Cornell's 21-7 victory over Canisius, the senior found the back of the net five times and recorded one assist. She did so on six shots for an 83.3 shooting percentage. Against No. 7 Notre Dame, Steinberg scored four times and assisted on two other goals.
Steinberg earned her fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and her first this season. The senior leads Cornell in goals and points, while ranking third in the League in goals per game and fifth in points per contest.
Steinberg's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 9G, 3A, 12 Pts., 1 GB, .692 Shooting %
In other Ivy action, Brown split its two contests, falling at Holy Cross, 11-10, before defeating Quinnipiac, 20-15. Harvard was unable to get past Johns Hopkins, losing 8-7, while Columbia lost to Vermont, 14-11. In the only League game of the week, Penn stopped Yale, 12-6. Quakers sophomore Shannon Mangini set career-highs in both goals (four) and points (five) to lead her team to victory. Her four goals and five points on the day matched her career totals in both categories entering the game.
Cathryn Avallone, Yale (Fr., M, Manhasset, N.Y.)
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 5GB, 1DC, 1CT, .429 Shooting %
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (So., M, Longmeadow, Mass.)
1 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 4GB, 2DC, 2CT, .714 Shooting %
Sarah Hefner, Cornell (Fr., M, Bel Air, Md.)
2 GP, 1G, 1 Pt., 4GB, 1DC, 3CT, 1.000 Shooting %
Kacie Johnson, Columbia (Jr., A, Wilton, Conn.)
1 GP, 3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 4GB, 2CT, .333 Shooting %
Shannon Mangini, Penn (So., M, Garden City, N.Y.)
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 2GB, .667 Shooting %
Kaela McGilloway, Brown (Sr., A, Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
2 GP, 5G, 4A, 9 Pts., 3GB, 3CT, .714 Shooting %
Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Wellesley, Mass.)
2 GP, 3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 4GB, 6DC, 2CT, .429 Shooting %
Cassie Pyle, Princeton (Sr., M, Alexandria, Va.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1GB, .500 Shooting %
Erin Roos, Brown (So., D, Wilmette, Ill.)
2 GP, 1G, 1 Pt., 2GB, 2DC, 6CT, 1.000 Shooting %
Danielle Tetreault, Harvard (Jr., M, Guilderland, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 1GB, 1CT, 1.000 Shooting %
Annie Woehling, Princeton (Fr., GK, Rosemont, Pa.)
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 13 Svs., .650 Sv. %, 5GB, 1-0
Tuesday, March 20
Cornell at Jacksonville 12:00 PM
No. 17 Dartmouth at No. 6 Florida 6:30 PM
Brown at Bryant 7:00 PM
Wednesday, March 21
No. 14 Boston College at Harvard 7:00 PM
*No. 16 Princeton at Columbia 7:00 PM
No. 15 Georgetown at No. 9 Penn 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 24
Columbia at No. 17 Dartmouth 12:00 PM
*No. 9 Penn at Cornell 1:00 PM
*Harvard at Yale 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 25
No. 16 Princeton at Johns Hopkins 1:00 PM
Stanford at Brown 1:00 PM
* Ivy League contest