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Women's Lacrosse Season Ends in NCAA Semifinal Loss

The winningest season in Dartmouth women's lacrosse history ended May 20 after an 8-4 loss to eventual tournament champion Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Devon WIlls '06
Devon WIlls '06 stopped nine shots during the May 20 NCAA semifinal game against Northwestern.

Dartmouth, the tournament's fourth seed, finished the season 16-3. It was Dartmouth's third NCAA semifinal appearance and its first since 1998. The Big Green is now 7-10 all-time in the NCAA tournament, and the loss denied head coach Amy Patton her 150th career win.

"This is probably one of the greatest teams I've ever coached at Dartmouth," Patton says. "I'm extremely proud of these players. They worked extremely hard. Northwestern did a good job of limiting us in shots. The teams that did that seemed to be the ones that beat us this year. Our defense really stepped it up in the second half, but it was a little too late."

On a sloppy playing surface following a day of rainy weather, Northwestern scored the game's first four goals, but Dartmouth averted further damage due to the stellar play of goalie Devon Wills '06.

Wills stopped six shots in the half and nine for the game as the Big Green became just the third team this season to hold Northwestern to single digits in goals.

After weathering the Wildcat storm, the Big Green broke on the board when Sarah Szefi '07 scored three seconds before intermission. Whitney Douthett '07 assisted.

Dartmouth trailed only 4-1 at halftime despite Northwestern holding a 13-4 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in draws.

Northwestern scored forty-three seconds into the second half to forge a 5-1 lead, but Katieanne Christian '05 scored off Douthett's second assist of the night two minutes later.

However, the Wildcats iced the game with one goal at 24:31 and another at 12:05. Kristen Zimmer '06 scored off a helper from Margo Duke '07 at 8:36, and Christian followed Northwestern's final goal with a tally, with fifty-eight seconds remaining.

For the game, Northwestern held a 22-11 edge in shots. The Big Green was called for thirty-one fouls, while the Wildcats were penalized fifteen times.

Christian scored twice in her final collegiate game to reach the seventy-point mark in the season. She was one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award honoring the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse players in the United States.

By JOSH KESSLER

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Last Updated: 5/30/08