Dartmouth College Stuns No. 6 University of Notre Dame, 11-8, in National Collegiate Club Championship Opening Round
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Dartmouth College goalie Shelley Wenzel (So., Fremont, Calif.) stopped 12 shots and Haley Carstensen (Sr., Princeton, N.J.) recorded four goals as Dartmouth College took down No. 6 University of Notre Dame, 11-8, in the opening round of the National Collegiate Club Championship at Florida State University's Morcom Aquatic Center.
The Big Green, which previously finished second (2004, 2005), third (2003), fifth (2002), 10th (2011), 12th (2007) and 13th (2009) during its prior trips to the National Collegiate Club Championship, is now guaranteed to finish no lower than eighth in the 2012 field due to claiming its first round game. In addition, the victory avenges a 14-2 loss by Dartmouth to Notre Dame earlier in the season.
A key to the game was the hot start of Dartmouth which outscored the Fighting Irish 5-1 in the first quarter.
Carstensen started the Big Green's scoring as she buried a centering pass at 5:08 in the opening quarter for a quick 1-0 lead. Margaret Rollins (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) and Elizabeth Kamai (Sr., Corte Madera, Calif.) followed at 3:42 and 1:30, respectivley, to expand the margin to 3-0 before Maisie O'Malley (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) converted on a man-up chance at 1:04 to put the Fighting Irish on the board and make it 3-1.
However, Dartmouth responded to finish out the period as Carstensen (20 seconds) and Grace McDevitt (So., Jenkintown, Pa.) (1 second) pumped in scores over the final 30 seconds of the quarter to hand the Big Green a 5-1 lead after seven minutes of play.
The gap would play a critical role for the remainder of the contest as the early hole would haunt the Fighting Irish and force Notre Dame to play catch-up over the final 21 minutes of competition.
Notre Dame closed the deficit down to 5-2 to begin the second period as Victoria Anglin (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif.) lobbed a shot into the cage at the 5:21 mark. Following a five-meter penalty shot by Erin Gibson (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) to move the Irish to within 5-3, Dartmouth got back on the board with a blast by Carstensen that completed a hat-trick and made it a 6-3 game with 18 seconds left in the first half.
Carstensen struck again to begin the third quarter as she shook her defender, reared back and rifled a rocket that eluded Irish netminder Kelly Gibson (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) with 5:13 remaining on the clock to give the Big Green an equally large four goal lead.
The teams exchanged blows to the cage over the remainder of the period as Ellen Dowling (Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) took advantage of an open shot at 3:28 to register the Green & Gold's fourth strike of the afternoon, while McDevitt shillelaghed Notre Dame's hopes of a scoring run by cashing in on an advantage chance at 2:50 to make it 8-4 in favor of Dartmouth with a period to play.
Unfortunately for the Irish, the clock, a four goal deficit, Dartmouth's defense and offense and the goal posts were too much for Notre Dame to overcome in seven minutes.
Desperate to catch-up, Erin Gibson flipped in a score at 6:02 to slice the lead down to 8-5, but Carstensen was the hero once again for the Big Green dodging her defender and dumping a ball over the arms of Kelly Gibson at 5:39 to return the lead to four at 9-5.
The pattern of punch-counter punch continued for the remainder of the contest as O'Malley finished on a man-up chance (5:12) and connected on a five-meter penalty shot (3:35) for Notre Dame to sandwich a tally by Kamai at 3:52 to move the Irish within 10-7.
Needing a dramatic comeback to close the gap further, Notre Dame saw its dreams of advancing to the tournament quarterfinals come to an end when Kamai completed a hat-trick at 3:25 to return the lead to four at 11-7.
Dowling chipped the margin back down to three goals prior to the final horn as she sidearmed in a shot with 19 seconds on the clock as Notre Dame outscored Dartmouth 4-3 in the final period, but could never erase its early deficit.
For the Irish, O'Malley led the way with one of four hat-tricks in the game. Dowling and Gibson tacked on pairs of goals, while Anglin contributed a single marker.
In the cage for Notre Dame, Kelly Gibson managed nine saves in taking the loss.
McDevitt and Kamai each joined Carstensen in adding hat-tricks for the Big Green, while Rollins chipped in a single goal, for the Big Green.
Dartmouth advances to a 12:30 p.m. meeting with No. 2-nationally ranked the University of Michigan in the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 5. Notre Dame will next be in action at 7:30 p.m. later this evening versus Wellesley College, a 12-4 victim of the Wolverines, in the consolation bracket.
|No. 6 University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Goals:
Maisie O'Malley (3); Ellen Dowling (2); Erin Gibson (2); Victoria
Haley Carstensen (4); Grace McDevitt (3); Elizabeth Kamai (3);
Saves: Notre Dame - Kelly Gibson (9) ; Dartmouth - Shelley Wenzel (12)
Exclusions: Notre Dame - 2 ; Dartmouth - 11
Advantage Opportunities: Notre Dame - 5-for-11 ; Dartmouth - 1-for-2
Sprints: Notre Dame - 4-for-4 ; Dartmouth - 0-for-4
Officials: Vern Heimbigner, JR Vanderwall
Dartmouth College's Shelly
Wenzel stops a shot versus the University of Notre Dame