HANOVER, N.H. – For the second straight year the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team dropped its Ivy League opener, falling, 9-6, to Harvard on Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field.
The loss snaps a two game home winning streak for the Big Green (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League), while the Crimson (4-3, 1-1 Ivy League) won their second straight.
Dartmouth came out of the gate slow, trailing Harvard, 1-0, after the first quarter. In the second quarter both squads netted a pair of goals as the Crimson took a 3-2 advantage into halftime.
After the low scoring first half, the Ivy League foes combined to net ten tallies over the final 30 minutes.
The Crimson stretched their lead to as many as three early in the third quarter, before the Green and White scored two unanswered goals to cut the deficit to 6-5 with 4:31 left in the third.
Harvard would answer with a pair of goals of its own to stretch the lead back to three early in the fourth.
Senior Johnny Carson scored his first goal of the season for Dartmouth with 6:32 left in regulation to make it a two-goal contest, but Harvard would hold on, adding an insurance tallying with under two to play to secure its first Ivy League win of the year.
For the fifth consecutive game, senior quad-captain Chris Costabile paced the offensive attack for the Big Green with two goals. Brendan Rotanz, Jake Weil, Phil Hession and Carson each found the back of the net as well for Dartmouth.
Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk picked up a pair of assists for the team from the Upper Valley to round the point scorers.
Senior Bernie Susskind (2-4) made 10 saves in a losing effort for the Big Green, while Crimson netminder Harry Krieger (4-3) picked up the win turning aside 13 shots.
Dartmouth returns to action on March 26 as it travels to Hempstead, N.Y. to square off with Hofstra in non-conference action. The game is set for 4 p.m. as the Big Green look to avenge a 9-5 road loss to the Pride a year ago.