Press Release: Post Event
HANOVER, N.H. - The Ivy Champion and 10th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team has accepted an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will host seven-seed Albany this Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Ticket information will be available later this week.
Albany is the seven-seed in the 16-team tournament, in which the top eight teams are seeded and the next eight are placed primarily according to geographic constraints. As a seeded team, Albany (17-0) would normally host the game but is unable to due to commencement events on campus that weekend. Dartmouth (11-4, 6-1 Ivy) will instead host the Great Danes on Scully-Fahey Field. Albany won the America East conference and received the league's automatic bid.
"I'm just really proud of our kids and feel like we deserve to be in the tournament," said head coach Amy Patton. "We've had a great year and had some critical wins that really carried us and our momentum at the end of the year was better than it has been in previous years. I think we can go out there and play with anybody — it's a whole new season."
This is Dartmouth's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th under Patton who is in her 19th season at the helm. The Big Green advanced to consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 2005 and 2006, reaching the national championship game in 2006. This is the Big Green's first NCAA bid since that 2006 season.
Senior co-captain Shannie MacKenzie, a first team All-Ivy defender was in the room last year when Dartmouth's name was surprisingly not not among the 16-called for selections. This year, after a tense wait, the atmosphere was decidedly different.
"I came into this thinking I wouldn't be so emotional because I had gotten that out on Friday after the loss to Harvard, but you can't prepare yourself for a situation like this where your fate isn't in your own hands," said MacKenzie. "Hearing our name, there were a lot of tears of happiness and excitement and it was definitely an emotional room."
Dartmouth's 2011 season has included a perfect 8-0 record at home, including wins over NCAA Tournament teams Princeton and #1 Maryland. A win over Syracuse, a bubble team that did not make the field, also likely helped push the Big Green into the Field of 16.
"We couldn't ask for anything more than to play another home game on Scully-Fahey," said MacKenzie. "Scully is magical and getting to play at home, it feels like the stars are aligning in our favor and we just have to take advantage of that opportunity."
Dartmouth is one of three Ivy League teams to earn an NCAA Tournament bid this year. Princeton, which surged to the Ivy Tournament title and accompanying automatic bid, will head to six-seed James Madison. Penn, Ivy Co-Champs, travels to five-seed Duke, who the Quakers defeated just over a week ago.