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May 11, 2013

Dartmouth Advances, Penn, Princeton Fall in First Round of NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Bracket | Ivy League Women's Lacrosse NCAA Tournament Second Round Release

Portions courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-8 win over Boston College on Friday, while Penn and Princeton saw their seasons come to an end.

Penn was defeated by Virginia, 12-6, and Penn fell in double overtime to Duke, 10-9.

The Big Green's victory was the first by an Ivy League team in the NCAA Tournament since Princeton defeated James Madison, 11-10 in 2011. Dartmouth (11-7) will now move on to play Syracuse on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Orange eliminated the Big Green from the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 15-5 victory last May.

Dartmouth freshman Jaclyn Leto and sophomore Sarah Byrne posted career highs with four goals each and junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello turned aside a season-high 12 Boston College shots in the game.

It marked the first win in the NCAA Tournament in nearly seven years for Dartmouth, dating back to a 14-8 national semifinal victory over Notre Dame on May 26, 2006 that sent the Big Green to the title game against Northwestern.

Despite five tallies from sophomore Covie Stanwick, the Eagles (12-8) were unable to overcome the timely offense and swarming defense of the Big Green on the grass field of Syracuse's soccer teams.

The result was nothing new in the all-time series between the two programs as Dartmouth continues its dominance of Boston College, improving to 19-0 with Friday's three-goal victory.

Penn took a 4-3 lead with 3:12 remaining in the first half, but Virginia went on to score the game's next eight goals to take the lead for good.

The Quakers had chances in the second half to break the drought and get back in the game, but were 0-for-9 on shots while the Cavaliers were building their large cushion. Virginia goalie Kim Kolarik made four saves and caused one turnover while Penn was held off the scoreboard.

Quaker senior Caroline Bunting had two goals and two assists in her final game as a collegian, scoring with 3:12 left in the first half to give Penn its only advantage of the afternoon and tallying her 100th career point with Penn's fifth goal of the game with 4:30 to go. She finished the game – and her career – tied with Becca Edwards for 18th on Penn's career scoring chart with 101 points. Nina Corcoran had two goals and two assists in her first NCAA Tournament game, assisting on both of Bunting's goals.

Princeton fell in heartbreaking fashion, as Duke's Maddy Acton scored the gamewinner in the second overtime to hand the Tigers a 10-9 loss.

Princeton proved to be dominant in the circle winning 17 of 22 in the game but was called for a foul on the last draw giving Duke possession. Acton scored the game winner 45 seconds later to end the Tigers' season and hopes of advancing.

The game went back-and-forth with Duke never getting ahead by more than one goal, while Princeton inched ahead by two on two occasions.

Sophomore Erin Slifer came up big with a goal at 2:50 in the second half to tie the game at 9-9. She finished the game as the leading scorer with two goals and two assists.

With 10 seconds left Duke was rewarded a free-position attempt and coming up even bigger was goaltender Caroline Franke. Franke thwarted the shot by Erin Tenneson and time expired.

Princeton won the opening draw in overtime and held for the last shot. Senior Sam Ellis was called for a charge while taking that shot and time slipped away before Duke could clear. The Tigers couldn't catch a break as Liz Cutting was given a yellow card, putting Princeton down a player for two of the first three minutes as the teams changed ends. This time it was Duke that held the ball and waited until there was three seconds left before Maddy Morrissey shot wide and the buzzer sounded.

Slifer finished with two goals and two assists, while sophomore Erin McMunn posted two goals and one assist.