Official Website of Dartmouth College Varsity Athletics

Fourth-Quarter Surge Leads Dartmouth Past Sacred Heart

Article Image
By John and Matt Risley

DALLAS, Texas – With the score tied midway through the fourth quarter, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals en route to a 14-10 victory against Sacred Heart on Saturday at SMU Stadium in the 2014 Patriot Cup.

Playing in the Lone Star State for the second year in a row, the Big Green (1-2) never trailed in the second half. The victory marked the third straight for the Green and White against the Pioneers (0-3).

With 6:42 remaining in regulation, Wiley Osborne netted his third tally of the game to break a 10-10 tie. The eventual game winner was set up by senior Mike Olentine and was the first of a four-goal surge to put the tilt out of reach.

Over the final five minutes, Cam Lee, Olentine and KC Beard added insurance tallies.

Osborne had a hat trick for Dartmouth, while Lee, Olentine, Beard and Don Stephan each added two goals apiece. The multi-goal game was the first of Stephan’s career as he found the back of the net for the third consecutive contest. Through three games, Beard has registered two or more points twice. Olentine added a pair of assists as well to set a career-high with four points.

The other members of the Green and White to score were Billy Heidt, Jack McCormick and Jack Connolly.

Junior Phil Hession was a force in the faceoff circle for the Big Green, going 17-for-27 to go along with a game-high 10 groundballs.

Sophomore Blair Friedensohn played all 60 minutes between the pipes, stopping eight shots to earn his first collegiate win. On the opposite end, the Pioneers continued their rotation of playing Jon Flood in the first half and Ryan Hughes in the second. Flood made seven saves, while Hughes made three in a losing effort.

For the second game in a row, head coach Andrew Towers’ squad outshot their opponent, firing 50 shots to Sacred Heart’s 32. Each team committed 15 turnovers and Dartmouth was 11-for-13 on clear attempts.

The Big Green will have a 17-day layoff before traveling to College Station to square off with No. 10 Penn State on March 18. The last meeting between the two came back in 2006 and was an 11-10 Nittany Lion triumph.