Lacrosse Notebook: Dartmouth/Boston College

The Lacrosse Notebook continues with the Syracuse women's lacrosse team. The Orange will face the winner of either Dartmouth or Boston College on Sunday, May 12 at the SU Soccer Stadium at the Lampe Athletic Complex. The draw is set for 3 p.m. Complete scouting report inside.

According to Danielle Berstein of Inside Lacrosse, both teams were at-large bids to get into the NCAA Tournament. The break down is as follows:


* Head-to-head

* Results vs. common opponents

* Significant wins and losses (which is defined by a win above the team in the RPI)

* And lastly, an evaluation of the Top 10 opponents on an institution's schedule.

Dartmouth (10-7)

History: Dartmouth faced Syracuse in regular and postseason play last year and to put it lightly, was ran out of the building. The Orange outscored the Big Green 37-9 in both contests and junior Alyssa Murray had her way, tallying eight goals and two assists.

Despite winning the Ivy League Conference title last year, the first time in three tries, against Penn, the Big Green fell to the Quakers this year, 7-10.

Mental aspect of the game: Right now, Syracuse is in Dartmouth's head. The Big Green certainly remembers those two losses from a year ago. The team can use those matchups in one of two ways: Go in with a defeatist mindset or look at the film, study hard and come in with reckless abandon.

Filling in the gaps: The loss of Sarah Plumb and Kirsten Goldberg to graduation in the midfield left a big hole in Dartmouth's offensive unit. While that position still remains a question mark, it's the attack where point production is plentiful. Senior Hana Bowers (48 goals, 15 assists) and junior Liz Calby (35 goals, 15 assists) make up the majority of scoring.

Head coach Amy Patton made the change this season to put Courtney Bennett on defense. The senior is a mainstay on defense, but also finds time on the offense, too. Bennett has 13 goals and eight assists on the year. She is a dual threat who adds relief on its already semi-weak defense.

Goalie, Kristen Giovanniello: After a solid sophomore year, Giovanniello has been looked upon as the go-to leader on defense. She was tops in the country last year in save percentage (48 percent). This season, however, she is ranked No. 50 and has slipped slightly (41 percent). Having an inexperienced defense may be factored into this statistic.

Boston College (12-7)

History: Boston College fell to Syracuse, 17-12, in the regular season and is one of four teams that were to reach double-digit goals on the Orange. Maryland, Florida, Northwestern are the other three.

The Eagles are battle-tested and have faced some of the country's finest, too, in the Wildcats, Terrapins, North Carolina, Virginia and Duke. The brutal schedule gives the Eagles confidence when it comes to competing and the mental capacity to take the hits and keep fighting. This team knows, when firing on all cylinders, can compete with the top Division I lacrosse programs.

The Eagles on the recruiting trail: The Eagles are young, a total of 14 underclassmen occupy its team roster. First-year head coach Alicia Walker has quite the squad and includes the likes of the No. 2 and No. 3 2011 high school recruits in sophomores Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix. Walker also landed top Connecticut recruit, freshman, Sarah Mannelly.

Here is a breakdown of their statisticuts:

Standwick: The sophomore is the Eagles leading scorer with 60 goals and 22 assists.

On attack, Stanwick is the whole package - she scores, assists, sees the entire field and a finisher through-and-through.

In the game against the Orange back in March, She lead her team with three goals and four assists.

Rix: The midfielder has 46 goals, eights assists and leads the team in draw controls (67)

The Orange did a good job containing Rix on the circle. She was only able to grab three from the air.

* Together, both Rix and Stanwick make up for 51 percent of the Eagles' offense.

Mannelly: The freshman held her own this year and was the team's third leading scorer with 33 goals and 12 assists.

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