ITHACA, N.Y. – The troubles against ranked opponents continued for the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team on Saturday at it fell, 21-5, to No. 3 Cornell at Schoellkopf Field in Ivy League action.
The Big Green (2-6, 0-2 Ivy League) dropped their fourth straight, while the Big Red (9-1, 3-0 Ivy League) recorded their third consecutive triumph.
With the defeat, the Green and White have now lost eight straight to top-25 foes. The last win against a ranked squad for Dartmouth came against then No.19 Colgate in the season opener in 2012.
Cornell jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, picking up their 15th win against Dartmouth in the last 16 contests.
Sophomore Adam Fishman had arguably his best game of the year for the Big Green netting his fifth goal of the 2013 campaign and picking up a pair of assists. Cam Lee, Chris Costabile, Phil Hession and Jeff Perkins each found the back of the net as well for Dartmouth.
After Costabile scored his goal in the first quarter to cut the Cornell lead to 2-1, the Big Red tallied five straight goals to take the wind out of the Big Green’s sails. Cornell took a 10-3 edge into halftime as Perkins scored with just five seconds left in the second quarter for the Big Green.
In the second half, Cornell scored nine unanswered goals from early in the third quarter to early in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Appearing in his fifth game, Lee notched his sixth goal of the year, while Costabile was held to only a goal for the first time this season.
Bernie Susskind made nine saves in a losing effort for Dartmouth, while Cornell netminders AJ Fiore and Brennan Donville combined to make eight saves.
The Big Green return to action on April 6, traveling to New Haven to square off with Yale at 1 p.m. The team from the Upper Valley is looking to avenge a 13-11 loss to the Bulldogs last season.