PHILADELPHIA -- Dartmouth and Cornell gave the crowd at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park a thrilling start to the 2012 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament with the Big Green escaping with a 9-8 win over the Big Red in first semifinal game.
Dartmouth advances to Sunday's championship game to face either Harvard or Penn with the League's NCAA Tournament automatic bid on the line. The championship game is scheduled for Noon and will be streamed live on IvyLeagueSports.com.
The Big Green got two goals apiece from Kirsten Goldberg, Sarah Plumb and Hana Bowers. Plumb set the tournament single-game record for draw controls with six to help keep the ball in Dartmouth's possession throughout the game.
Cornell fought back from Dartmouth's hot start with four-straight goals to cut the lead to 6-5 early in the second half. In a game of runs, Dartmouth responded with three goals in a 3:30 stretch to create a four-goal cushion.
The Big Red came back with three-straight goals of its own down the stretch, the last two by Caroline Salisbury, to pull within one with less than four minutes remaining. Cornell had a shot to tie the game in the final seconds but Salisbury could not get a shot off through the stingy Dartmouth defense as time expired.
Salisbury had three goals on the night while Amanda D'Amico contributed two for the Big Red.